Jeff Semmerling is a master mask maker who teaches theater, mask and puppetry classes and workshops for all ages and all kinds of groups. Puppetry for the Better Reader, Masks as Acting Tools, and Adult Mask Classes up to the Master Level. Since 1998 Jeff Semmerling has been taking art to the kids in Chicago neighborhoods and around the world. He brings his 22+ years as a professional performer and artist to the arts and craft table and children respond to his commitment and passion to do positive work.
The word "mask" came via French masque and either Italian maschera or Spanish máscara. Possible ancestors are Latin (not classical) mascus, masca = "ghost"; Hebrew masecha= "mask"; Arabic maskharah مَسْخَرَۃٌ = "jester", "man in masquerade", maskhara مَسْخَرَ = "he ridiculed, he mocked", masakha مَسَخَ = "he transfomed" (transitive).
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