Winter Holiday Commedia dell’Arte Workshop Returns

by Jacob Coakley
The Commedia dell’Arte workshop is put on by the RCCU and Mask Arts Company
The Commedia dell’Arte workshop is put on by the RCCU and Mask Arts Company

The Roving Classical Commedia University (unaccredited, but that’s their name) and Mask Arts Company will once again present an end-of-year winter holidy workshop for actors, dancers, directors and anyone else who want to learn more about the Commedia dell’Arte style, characters and improvisational methods. 

Roving Classical Commedia University and Mask Arts Company Presents

Commedia dell'Arte winter holiday workshop for actors, artists, singers, dancers, directors, clowns, teachers, students and variety artists on all levels

5 Days 2016

December 26 - 30

Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 3:00PM

New York, NY

In the spacious salon of CENTRO ESPAÑOL 239 West 14 St, NYC



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RCCU 2016:

Teaching Classical Commedia dell'Arte since 2001 as close to its original form as we believe it was performed in the 1500's and 1600's. Students develop their personal historical Commedia dell'Arte characters and style with their individual qualities. You will easily see how this work from the 1500's is vibrantly alive and is used today. 

Areas this workshop will concentrate on:
Commedia dell'Arte characters
Their movement, gesture, history of the characters, improvisation, lazzi, mask work, physical skills, prop manipulation, rhythm, scatology, scenario work, and more; all integrated.

Rhythm is vital in the Commedia dell'Arte
Michela Musolino will be a special guest teacher, teaching Sicilian and Southern Italian tambourine and dance.

Scenario & Improvisation
Much of our scenario and improvisation work will be taken from our translation of five scenarii, one anonymous scenarii and four of Flaminio Scala scenarii believed to be performed by the legendary Gelosi Company 1572 to 1604.

The master teacher:Stanley Allan Sherman
Stanley Allan Sherman studied at Ecole Jacque Lecoq Theatre Mime Movement - 1972 graduate

Artisan: performer, actor, clown, mime, teacher, director, writer, mask maker as a livelihood since 1972

Member of: Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Association of Theater Artists and Craftspeople 

Stanley is also a master mask maker Mask Arts Company 

Special Guest Teacher
Michela Musolino
Michela is a Sicilian-American folk singer known internationally, who specializes in the traditional and contemporary music of Sicily.Michela Musolino playing a Tambor She will be teaching Sicilian and Southern Italian tambourine.Michela-Mousolino.htm

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