Shelley Wyant is a teacher, director, and performer. The Mask has been Ms. Wyant’s teaching tool and since 1981 and she has offered workshops and residencies in both neutral and character mask at many universities and conservatories such as Yale, Brown, Smith, NYU, Lincoln Center Institute and Bard College.
Shelley first experienced the mask in 1981 in Bali in the workshop of Idi Bagus Anom. On her return from Bali, she found Pierre LeFevre of the Juilliard School and began a five year apprenticeship which took her to London, Strassboug and New York. And in 1987 she took a course in Paris with Jacques LeCoq.
Ms. Wyant is a founding member of Actor’s and Writers of Olivebridge, NY. In 1990, she founded MaskWork Unlimited whose critically acclaimed works using masks and giant puppets have been performed in the Hudson Valley, New York City and internationally. She holds an MFA in directing from Brooklyn College and a BA from Brandeis University.
In 2010, Ms. Wyant went to Bucharest, Romania as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar teaching neutral and character mask at The National University Of Theatre and Film I.L.Caragiale. Also in 2010 Ms. Wyant began her association with Jana Sanskriti in West Bengal, India. She is on the board of the New York City Village Halloween Parade.