About

Clelia Scala is a mask and puppet designer, collage artist and illustrator. She makes masks and puppets for theatre and has taught mask-making and puppet-making in classroom and workshop settings. In addition, Clelia has made masks for private individuals, visual artists, performance artists, and clients such as the Seneca College, the Toronto District School Board, and Zacadia Circus.  She is a recipient of four Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance grants (2015, 2016, 2016, 2017) and an OAC Theatre Creators' Reserve grant (2016). Clelia has taken courses and workshops in painting, printmaking, shadow puppetry, and sculpture. She studied mask-making and theatre, film, and special effects makeup at Complections International (now CMU College) and studied puppet construction and performance at the Humber Puppetry Intensive and at the New England Puppet Intensive

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); performance, concept, and puppet construction (co-created and constructed with Alexa Fraser) for The Enormous Elsewhere's Magic Show of Mishaps for 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 currently designing a series of fantastical masks based on inaccurate historical descriptions; and, with director and playwright Cole Lewis, adapting Kyo Maclear's children's book, Virginia Wolf, for Carousel Players' 2017/18 season.  Metamorphosis, an exhibit of her masks, will be at the Post Office Art Gallery from October 10 to December 8, 2017. Clelia's masks are sold at Maskarade in New Orleans, Minotaur in Kingston, Ontario, and on Etsy. She is a founding member of Puppet-a-Go-Go and a co-creator, with Alexa Fraser, of The Enormous Elsewhere.

News, Features, and Reviews

"'Anything Goes' with STRUTT's Evolution." Interview in Niagara This Week, November 2016, by Mike Zittell. 
"Alice in Plunderland." Review in Matrix Magazine, June 2015, by Caitlin Stall-Paquet. 
"Wonderland from a Wonderfan." Review in Books & _ _ _ _ _, 2015.
"Alice in Plunderland." Review in Nomadic Press, March 2015, by James Bonner.
"Journey to Plunderland." All Lit Up, March 2015, by Jay MillAr and Clelia Scala. 
"Alice in Plunderland at NAC." Review in Moonbeams and Sunbeams: Aspects of NAC, March 2015, by Barbara Bucknall. 
"On Illustrating, with Clelia Scala." Interviewed by Grace O'Connell for Open Book: Toronto, March 2015.
Alice in Plunderland featured in 49th Shelf's "Most Anticipated: 2015 Spring Fiction Preview." January 2015 by Kerry Clare.
"Photos of the week" in The Toronto Sun, November 2014.
"The Mask Maker." St Catharines Standard, November 2014, by Julie Jocsak.
Outstanding Design for Antigonik (costume) in NOW Magazine's "Best of the Fest," August 2014.
Masks featured in the LCBO's Food & Drink Magazine feature on STRUTT Wearable Art Show, summer 2014.
"I Can Say Interpellation." Review in Broken Pencil Magazine, February 2012, by Nico Mara-McKay.
"Snarky Poems for Leftie Parents." Review of I Can Say Interpellation on 4 Mothers, September 2011, by Nathalie Foy.
Honorable mention for "The Company of Wolves" for Face the Nation, a 2006 mask exhibit at the Design Museum of University of California Davis.

Video Interviews

"The Mask Maker." St Catharines Standard, November 2014, by Julie Jocsak (also featured in The Sudbury Star, the Stratford Beacon Herald, the Stoney Plain Reporter, the Lacombe Globe, and the Brockville Recorder).
YouTube interview about mask making, with Jade Badesky, June 2013.

 

I have had the privilege of working with Clelia Scala on two projects that required mask and puppetry. She is a master of her craft, and I am constantly amazed by her talent. Clelia takes on all manner of challenging projects and creates beautiful fine work that is beyond most people’s expectations.
— Angela Thomas, Costume Designer
Clelia has incredible talent and is able to understand the shortest brief of what is required.... She develops creative solutions to problems as well as beautiful designs.
— Caroline Baillie, Critical Stage Company
This dark, discombobulated feeling is actually showcased beautifully in the story’s excellent collages by Clelia Scala that accompany the fractured tale. The images bring the story’s similes and broken-down cast of characters to life in a disjointed, haunting way.
— Review of Alice in Plunderland by Caitlin Stall-Paquet in Matrix Magazine
...the images were marvelous. The artist has used some of the classic Carrol drawings and done what I can only describe as collage-ing and scrap-booking with them. These were done incredibly successful, and I loved the style.
— Review of Alice in Plunderland in Books and _ _ _ _