Craig Jacobrown

Craig Jacobrown

Craig Jacobrown has been working in the arts for over forty years. He first began to clown as a personal survival technique. When the bullies at his elementary school tried to threaten him Craig cracked jokes and whistled tunes to hide how afraid he was. He became good at telling stories and taking on the movement of several characters to bring the stories to life. Meanwhile Craig became a visual artist. Craig trained in the mask theater traditions of Commedia del Arte used by Jaques Le Coq to help actors develop holistic and powerful comic characters. As he learned the stance, movement, and timing of each comic character, he also developed the most dynamic designs for each character mask. He has performed Shakespeare, Moliere, and Shaw in mask while designing and performing in masks he created for NW Native, Balinese, Japanese, Turkish, Swiss, and Modern American story/performances. For the past 15 years Craig and his wife, Zann, ran a mask fabrication and training company called “The Maskery,” and they have made thousands of masks and performed hundreds of mask movement workshops for students throughout the world promoting the art of the mask.