The Studio

The Masquerade Studio was founded in 1998 by Finbarr Ryan, Ireland, and Petra Föhrenbach, Germany.
Both studied with Donato Sartori, the main Italian mask maker at the Centro Maschere e Strutture gestuali in Padova, Italy.
The Masquerade Studio collaborates with physical actors and mask makers through out Europe. The aim of the Studio is to research traditional mask culture and its potential for modern day performance.


About us

Petra Föhrenbach, make-up artist and mask maker. Leader of the make-up departement of the Grips Theater Berlin. Since 2005 freelanced, working in theatre, film and sociocultural projects in Germany, Italy and Scandinavia. Main working areas: physical theatre and social change, social history of the Commedia dell´Arte and masks as documents of the cultural memory

Finbarr Ryan, educated actor, comic and mask maker. He directs and performs with theatre groups in Berlin , Denmark and Holland, works as a clown in both circus and festivals. Teacher of physical acting, specialized in mask performance and Commedia dell'arte.