Ancient Greek Theatre
Modern Theatre has elements of Ancient Greek Theatre.
Greek theatre history began with festivals honoring their gods. A god, Dionysus, was honored with a festival called by "City Dionysia". In Athens, during this festival, men used to perform songs to welcome Dionysus. Tribes competed against one another in performances, and the best show would have the honor of winning the contest. Plays were only presented at City Dionysia festival.
In ancient greek theatre actors had to wear over the top costumes and masks because the audience were quite far away. This allowed the audience to tell who was who.
Most masks were either made from linen or cork. Tragic masks carried mournful or pained expressions, while comic masks were smiling or leering.
The masks were shape so the mask amplified the actor's voice, making his words easier for the audience to hear.