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Mask and the Somatic Actor

Release the Need to Control

About the Workshop

Embark on a transformative journey with "Mask and the Somatic Actor." Drawing from Per Brahe's revolutionary work and 30 year collaboration with master Balinese mask maker, Ida Bagus Anom, this workshop is a rare opportunity to explore mask work that has left its mark on renowned institutions worldwide. Taught at The Moscow Art Theatre, Yale, NYU, SUNY Purchase, and more, this intensive is designed to shake up your artistic core. If you've been feeling stagnant or spiritually restless, immerse yourself in this profound exploration. Unlock the power of mask work to transcend boundaries, reconnect with your artistry, and invigorate your understanding of the human condition.

About the Teacher

Benjamin Bass is a queer multi-disciplinary artist living in Philadelphia and the founder of Broken Mirror Studio. ​ They hold a B.F.A. in acting from S.U.N.Y. Purchase and have been fortunate enough to work and continue training worldwide.  Notable works include "We Own This City," "Audrey's Children," The Obie award-winning hit "The Woodsman", Trey Lyford's "The Accountant," and the Chinese national tour of "One Starry Night." Benjamin is a proud member of both the Actor's Equity Association and the Screen Actor's Guild​


As an educator, Benjamin is privileged to be the first year acting professor at University of the Arts. They are also the founder and head instructor at Broken Mirror Studio. They have taught master classes for N.Y.U., S.U.N.Y. Purchase, University of the Arts, UPENN, Drexel University, and various other studios throughout NY and Philadelphia.

What People Are Saying

"Ben’s expert use of the many masks they have available for the work, together with their sensitive and insightful approach to the actor, allowed for a revealing and useful connection on somatic and emotional levels."

-Carol Moog PhD. Licensed Psychologist and Musician

"I really enjoyed Ben's class. (Following the workshop) the next week for me I felt better than I had in a very long time. I was filled with a level of joy and self love that has been elusive. My work was less heady and more in my body even as I sat at a table doing script work."

-Jasai Chase Owens. Actor

"I just took a mask workshop with Benjamin Bass at Broken Mirror Studio, and I highly recommend it to any actor. Several years ago, I did mask work with master teacher Per Brahe, with whom Ben trained. Ben is a wonderful teacher and a worthy holder of this lineage of transformational work. Give yourself the gift of working with Benjamin and tapping in to your well of creativity, play, and discovery."

-Parlan McGaw

"The mask workshop is incredible! Ben has created a terrific, safe space to play and expand your artistry."
-Megan McDermott

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