Neutral Mask Workshop

The Neutral Mask is an essential tool in an actor’s training. It enables you to develop a sense of ‘stage presence’ and discover your talents as a performer. The Neutral Mask frees the actor of inhibitions and encourages them to enjoy the pleasure of performing.

This workshop will be led by Alex Pinder and Nadine Dimitrievitch. Both are graduates of the prestigious physical theatre school Jacques Lecoq, but trained thirty years apart. Alex and Nadine bring their own unique perspectives to their craft. Together they are continually experimenting  and developing mask training to provide a profound workshop experience for their students.

Over four sessions, participants will be given the opportunity to explore a state of openness, and in doing so discover the freedom to be creative, imaginative and receptive. This training is beneficial for actors, dancers, circus artist or anyone interested in entering the performing arts profession.

It’s physical, passionate and fun!


“Alex and Nadine are both amazing human beings to learn from. Their knowledge transcends from the studio into life and you catch yourself delving deeper into the meaning of their work, weeks and months after you’d thought you had discovered it’s extent. You will find yourself reborn, the layers of society stripped back and although at first confronting, the experience from their workshop is one that leaves you with a sense of self assurance and the confidence to just “be”. A beautiful experience for any performer to play and find the simplistic honesty in our work.”

~Mariah Mannae  

Nadine and Alex talk about The Neutral Mask Workshop:


WHERE:   The Mechanics Institute | 270 Sydney Road,   Brunswick

WHEN:   Tuesdays 6, 13, 20 and 27 February 2018

TIME:   6.30pm – 10pm

COST:  $260 Adult | $245 Concession/Unwaged |





Alex Pinder has forty years experience working in the performing arts. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film and television and as a theatre director and acting teacher. Alex is a graduate of L’École Jacques Lecoq – Paris (1985) and Ensemble Studios – Sydney (1978).

Recent credits include The Dead Twin (Melbourne and Malaysia), Tales of the City by the Sea (national tour), Merry Wives of Windsor (45 Downstairs and University of Western Australia) and directed The Cybec Readings of Melbourne Talam for the MTC.

Alex has taught at National Institute of Circus Arts, Clown’O Clock, Swinburne University, The Victorian College of the Arts, Rusdan College of the Arts, Adelaide College of the Arts, LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore), Calicut University (India).

Alex has many film and television credits and will be seen in the up and coming feature film Hotel Mumbai.



Nadine Dimitrievitch is a multidisciplinary performer and director based in Melbourne. Nadine graduated from Swinburne University with a Diploma of Theatre Arts (2007) and completed the professional course at the prestigious L’École Jacques Lecoq – Paris (2012). She recently completed her Master of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts investigating choreographic process and storytelling.

Nadine founded the physical theatre company Bone Marrow Theatre, producing several physical theatre pieces including ‘Exodus’ (2013 Melbourne Fringe), ‘La Peste’ (2014) and ‘Tales from Ovid’ (2015 – Directed by Alex Pinder).  Nadine facilitates physical theatre and movement workshops and has taught at various institutions such as the Victorian College of the Arts, the National Institute of Circus Arts and BoilOver Inclusive Theatre.

Most recently, Nadine collaborated with Nancy Black on Victorian Opera’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and is currently developing a new work for Caulfield Grammar School.