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International Mask Specialist Holding Workshop at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 19, 2015

MAHWAH, NJ — Renowned international mask specialist Alaric Chagnard is conducting a mask making workshop through February 22 with students at Ramapo College.

Chagnard’s arrival is in conjunction with the preparation for the upcoming April performances of Voltaire’s Candide, which will be co-directed by Rafael Bianciotto, Ramapo College’s Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the Spring 2015 semester.

Candide will be performed in original masks designed by the students in the workshop.

Chagnard has crafted sculptured masks for theater, circus and dance performances on the international stage. He specializes in the European style mask and clown work which has its roots in commedia della arte. He has worked with Bianciotto’s Paris-based Zéfiro Théâter Company.

Chagnard’s visit is supported by a grant of Ramapo College’s Schomburg Visiting Scholars Program.

Candide will be performed April 10, 11, 12 and 16, 17, 18 in the Sharp Theater of the Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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