Mystic Paper Beats - Mask and movement based theater performances for school cultural arts assemblies - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


Mystic Paper Beasts

Type: Performance, Workshop, Remote
Art Form: Theater & Media Arts, Visual Arts, Exploring Cultures
Grade Level: K - 5

The Mystic Paper Beasts perform myths of transformation in the whimsical masks for which they have gained international renown.

They have presented some 700 performances in the past 22 years of collaboration, including such venues as museums (British Museum of Art at Yale, Brooklyn Children’s Museum (NYC), Williams College Museum of Art, Discovery Museum (Bridgeport), New Britain Museum of Modern Art, among others), First Nights Boston, Hartford, New Haven, and more; festivals as various as the Ct. Eagle Festival to the Westport Art Festival, parades ranging from the Halloween Parade in NYC to Veterans’ Day parades in Westerly, RI; for multiple libraries, schools, festivals, private celebrations throughout New England, Washington DC area, Pennsylvania, Colorado; and Scotland, Wales, and England.

Marya Ursin is the Artistic Director for the Beasts, and is Executive Director of their perfance space, Dragon’s Egg Studio. She writes and performs for the Beasts, and is a member of the NYC based dance troupe, SITU. She is a trained dancer (Merce Cunningham) and mime (Marcel Marceau), and teaches at the National Theatre Institute and at Connecticut College. As a dancer in NYC and beyond, she has performed at BAM, DTW, the Whitney Museum, Walker Arts Center, and many other sites. (BA Swarthmore College, MA  in Integrative Health and Healing, 500 RYT yoga teacher, massage therapist).


Programs Offered

Mystic Paper Beasts perform mask theater programs for school assemblies