This paper explores the influence of transpersonal thinking, including the mythological perspective
of Joseph Campbell and the holotropic perspective of Stanislav Grof, on actor training using
the neutral mask. An outline of training in the neutral mask is given, focusing on the approach
of David Latham, as experienced by the author in his own training. Points of correspondence
with the vision of Campbell and Grof, and their influence, are discriminated and discussed.
These correspondences open up two areas of inquiry: the transformative effect of the mask work
when conducted in a transpersonally-oriented set, and the use of the neutral mask as an approach
to the study of myth and archetype. Both are discussed, and some preliminary conclusions drawn
based on experiences reported by student-actors and the author’s observations during his own
research and his practice as actor and teacher.
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Wain, A. (2005). Wain, A. (2005). Myth, archetype and the neutral mask: Actor training and transformation in light of the work of Joseph Campbell and Stanislav Grof. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 24(1), 37–47.. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 24 (1). Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.ciis.edu/ijts-transpersonalstudies/vol24/iss1/6