Saving the Mask


  • Mihai Filip Odangiu Babes-Bolyai University, Romania


reforms, theatrical studies, mask, actor, commedia dell’arte, Cluj


The Article defends the actor's mask training from the reformist trends that consider the mask study to be no longer necessary or topical. The author identifies one of the causes of this attitude in the purpose of higher education in Europe that has changed in the recent years. The study continues with a brief exposition of the principles, themes and benefits of mask training. In the final part, the author presents the results of a mini-survey among graduates of the Cluj theatre school, questioned about the role of mask studies in their professional careers.

Author Biography

Mihai Filip Odangiu, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

FILIP ODANGIU specializes in acting and acting pedagogy. He received his PhD in the pedagogy and training of the actor, specifically, in the metacognitive strategies involved in the actor’s training. He completed his PhD in Theater at Babeş-Bolyai University. His artistic practice covers acting, directing for theatre and film, non-verbal theatre, improvisation, commedia dell’arte and mask theatre, physical theatre, animation theatre, Viewpoints and storytelling. His publications include two books of reference in the theater practice (Metacognitive Strategies in Actor’s Training, Casa Cărții de Știință Publishing House, Cluj, 2013 and Praxis. The Strategical Exercise, Casa Cărții de Știință Publishing House, Cluj,  2013) and more than 20 articles in professional journals. He participated in the realization of numerous shows at the Cluj National Theater. In 2020, he set up, together with Diana Aldea and former students, current collaborators, The MAIDAN Creation Centre Cluj Napoca.




How to Cite

Odangiu, M. F. (2022). Saving the Mask. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai - Dramatica, 67(1), 165–188. Retrieved from