Clelia Scala is a mask and puppet designer, collage artist, and illustrator. She has been commissioned by private individuals, visual artists, performance artists, and clients such as Concordia University, Queen’s University, Seneca College, Simon Fraser University, and the Toronto District School Board. She makes masks and puppets for theatre and teaches mask-making and puppet-making in classroom and workshop settings. She studied painting, printmaking, shadow puppetry, and sculpture.
Recent credits include: puppet and mask design and construction for Shotgun Wedding: Cirque Cabaret (Zacada Circus/Greg Fenwin Theatre, Niagara Falls, Ontario, 2017); Eating Animals (co-created and constructed with Alexa Fraser), an installation piece for Xperimental Puppetry Theatre (Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, Georgia, 2017); mask and puppet design and construction for Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures (Carousel Players, St Catharines, Ontario, 2017); concept and framing devices, mask and costume design and construction for Orpheus & Eurydice in Voix de Ville(Niagara Artists Centre/Performing Arts Centre, St Catharines, Ontario, 2016); mask construction for Counting Sheep (Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Recklinghausen, Germany, 2017 and Toronto and Edinburgh, 2016); shadow puppet construction for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin (Carousel Players, St Catharines, Ontario 2016); mask-on-stick design and creation for Whether You Like It or Not (Odyssey Theatre, Ottawa, Ontario, 2015); puppet and set design and construction for Chester (Castlemoon Theatre, St Catharines, Ontario, 2015); costume design for Antigonick (Guilty By Association/ Suitcase in Point, Toronto, 2014); concept creation and mask and costume design and construction for Unstrung: A Triphopera (STRUTT/ Niagara Artists Centre, St Catharines, Ontario, 2014); and mask construction for The Visit (Yale School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut, 2013).
Recent publications include a series of forty-two collages for the book Alice in Plunderland (BookThug, 2015) by Steve McCaffery and eleven collages for I Can Say Interpellation (BookThug, 2011) by Stephen Cain.
Clelia is teaching DRAM 342, Elements of Design Practice, and she will design and make the masks for the Fall 2018 Drama Major Production, a new version of Aristophanes’s The Birds.