Guest Spotlight: Behind the Mask

Award-winning Behind the Mask Studio was founded by Eric Bornstein in 1990, and specializes in mask theater programs, corporate event planning, arts education, custom made masks and costumes. 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 at the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker, Boston Lyric Opera's Madama Butterfly, Peabody Museum at Harvard, Puppet Showplace Theatre, the 31st Cambridge River Festival, Contemporary Theater of Boston’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Performance Lab’s Le Cabaret Grimm, Babes in Boinkland's The Slutcracker; A Burlesque, Underground Railway Theater’s Life of Galileo, and the Harvard Yiddish Players’ Shulamis. Eric was part of the team that recently won an award for Excellence in Production Design at the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2012 for his masks in Le Cabaret Grimm. Behind The Mask has created masks and promotional events for Bethesda Softworks to celebrate award-winning video games Dishonored and Elder Scrolls/Skyrim. Over the last 30 years Eric’s masked characters have appeared in a variety of venues and the subject of numerous media features. 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. Recent features include The Boston Globe, The Phoenix, NPR radio, and Artscope Magazine. He currently teaches classes in making and performing masks, and offers performances and residencies to schools throughout the state through Young Audiences of Massachusetts. Please visit www.behindthemask.org

Eric can be seen at TempleCon 2015 vending in the Plaza Foyer and also at these events:

Friday, February 6th, 1:00PM-2:00PM in Con Suite 2 (Room 632)
Masks and Your True Selves
Saturday, February 7th, 11:00AM-12:00PM in the Greenwich room
Masks and Your True Selves
Sunday, February 8th, 11:30AM-12:30PM in the Barrington room
Masks and Your True Selves