Doug Berky Theatre

Doug Berky Theatre

Doug 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 has been a featured performer and arts educator throughout North America and Europe including the Eugene O’Neil Theater Symposium, the Commedia School in Denmark, Roanoke College, the University of Wisconsin and Ohio’s Playhouse in the Park.



  16 Santo Lane, c/o Loyd Artists, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912



Physical Theater and Masks with Doug Berky

Program description

Doug Berky’s performances are in intricately woven fabric of classic theatre forms: mime, mask, theatre, circus arts and storytelling. His large maskperformance GEMS: THE WORLD’S WISDOM STORIES uses storytelling styles from many cultures and includes masks, mime, inventive costumes and puppetry to introduce the audience to a collection of wisdom stories from around the world, teaching us to understand and trust one another. Each performance is tailored to the audience, with performances including up to four story productions: "The Lion and the Mouse" from Aesop’s Fables, “The Drip Nose Boy" a Native American traditional tale, "The Lame Man and the Blind Man" (Middle East).

Mask and physical theater artist Doug’s newest large mask theatre production FOIBLES, FABLES AND OTHER IMASKINATIONS presents teaching stories including The Tiger’s Whisker, a Korean folktale about healing; Simple Gifts, a French story; The Crocodile and the Monkey, a Jataka Tale from India. The performance is appropriate for families and elementary to middle school student groups.

NO SHOW is an all time school favorite. Doug combines the classic performance arts of mime, mask theater, and physical comedy into his hilarious performance of "No Show", adaptable for elementary to early high school students.

Booking / scheduling contact

Susan Lounsbury, Loyd Artists

   518-647-5916 (SL)

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Asian, European, Middle Eastern, Multicultural, Native American
Program type: Out-of-School-Time, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten
Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Available year – round for school day student performances and family night performances.

Available times:


Length of program: 50 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Space needs: 20’ by 15’ (min. 10’ x 12’); artist provides sound


In schools, libraries, theaters, community centers

Fees / Ticketing:

$650 for one performance / $1,100 for two performances in the same day / $1,500 for three performances in the same day and same site


NC Standard Course of Study:


R7 = Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.


R6 = Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


SL2 = Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


L3 = Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

NC Essential Standards:


From the Arts Education, Theatre Arts K-8 Standards:


K-6.C.2 = Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings.


K.CU.1 Analyze theatre in terms of the social, historical, and cultural contexts in which it was created.



From the Social Studies 3-5 Standards:


3.C.1 = Understand how diverse cultures are visible in local and regional communities.


6.C.1 = Explain how the behaviors and practices of individuals and groups influenced societies, civilizations and regions.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes