Behind the Mask

Type: Performance, Workshop, Residency
Art Form: Visual Arts, Theater
Grade Level: 1 - 12

Master mask-maker and performer Eric Bornstein, owner and founder of Behind The Mask, is much sought after by arts groups throughout Massachusetts and beyond for his craftsmanship and creativity, and by schools for his vibrant performances for school assemblies and inspiring mask-making workshops.

Note: For online options for remote learning, see "Design Your Own Workshop or Demo." Performances available outdoors. 

Eric has studied with masters Agung Suardana in Bali, and Donato Sartori in Italy. He received his MLA in Fine Arts along with the Thomas Small prize from Harvard University. His masks have appeared most recently in the 31st Cambridge River Festival, Contemporary Theater of Boston’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Performance Lab’s Le Cabaret Grimm, Underground Railway Theater’s Life of Galileo, and the Harvard Yiddish Players’ Shulamis.

Over the last 30 years Eric’s masked characters have appeared in a variety of venues. They were a highlight of Boston’s First Night celebration for 15 years. His masks have also appeared at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, the Kennedy Library/Museum, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Ballet, the Society of Arts & Crafts (Newbury Street), The Peabody/Essex Museum, King Richard’s Faire, and Revels.

Programs Offered

Behind the Mask offers mask theater performances and mask making workshops for Massachusetts schools.