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doug alone, promoDoug Berky has been creating and evolving his own brand of physical theater for over thirty years. His original performances are an intricately woven fabric of Commedia Del Arte, physical comedy, mime, mask theatre, clowning, circus arts, and storytelling. Doug is known internationally for his mask construction. He designs and constructs the masks for his own performances as well as creating all of the sets, choreography, scripts and many of the costumes.

Doug began his professional training at the Dell’Arte School of Mime and Comedy in Blue Lake, California. He toured for eight years with established companies such as The Montanaro Mime Theatre, (South Paris, ME) The Two Penny Circus, (Barre, VT) and Sunshine Too, the touring theatre of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (Rochester, NY).

Doug has performed nationally and internationally in places as varied as Fletcher, NC and Matanzas, Cuba. He appeared in the award-winning NBC children’s television series, “See-Saw,” in Portland, ME, and in four television specials for Swedish National Television in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been the featured performer at events as diverse as The Eugene O’Neill Theater Cabaret Symposium and a national gathering of the National Council of Churches. Doug has performed and taught as Artist-In-Residence at numerous schools and colleges including schools for the deaf, The Commedia School (Copenhagen, Denmark), Roanoke College (Salem, VA), Furman University (Greenville, SC), and the University of Wisconsin, Racine.

As a mask maker, Doug has designed masks and puppet heads for numerous Shakespearean productions including “Midsummers Nights Dream” at Centennial High School, Franklin, TN, and The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville, TN, and “The Tempest” at Furman University, Greenville, SC. He has also designed Commedia Dell’Arte masks for a number of college and summer stock productions. Other mask design and constructions include professional ballet productions, music video productions, television production, individual performing artists, and his original theatre productions.

Doug has performed and taught throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe in schools, colleges, and festivals. He is known internationally for his design and construction of masks.

© 2008 David Hynds