Stefan Schäfer has been active as an experienced instructor for more than 20 years in the area of mask building, masque, art and theatre. He began his career in the early 80’s in the free-lance theatre world at Theater Chairos, Landestheater Detmold, Aix en Provence France to name just a few. At the end of the 80’s he completed his training as a traditional Venetian mask builder in Venice under Maestro Danil Gatto. Following this were further studies in Venice in the area of traditional Venetian masque and commedia dell’arte.

In the 90’s he completed further training in Bremen in the area of sculptural design and sculpture. In 1995 he spent further time in Italy in Verona, Sorgà, Villa Bogoni, Cultural Centre in Veneto with the establishment of La Bottega Veneziana – mask building and masque studio.

He then returned to Germany and has been active here since 1997, where his projects have amongst other things included “Regie durch das Land” North-Rhine Westphalia, project work for the cities of Lemgo and Detmold, the University of Munster in cooperation with the city of Lemgo (Theatre Project, producer #mehralsdagegen).

His latest project, established in 2018, is Terra Incognita.