What Is Commedia dell-Arte?

Commedia dell’Arte is a unique and stylised theatrical tradition that was born in Italy (Venice) in the 16th Century.

Commedia dell’Arte is a combination of the following:

  • stock characters
  • mask
  • exaggerated and stylised movement
  • lazzi (comic business, gags and games)
  • improvisation
  • audience interaction
  • gibberish or grommelot

Commedia dell’Arte was innovative and ahead of its time for the 16th Century. 

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Dr William R.Naugle, American English Institute University of Oregon, USA

“Rosa came to work with my Yr 12 Theatre Studies as a movement exploration for their interpretation of “One Servant, Two Guvnors”. Her ability to motivate, entertain and engage the students was outstanding. Many of the skills she taught them in “play slapping”, tumbling, character development and heightened expressive skills really aided them in their exploration of role. Could not recommend her more highly!”
Lyndy Clarke, Head of Theatre, Caulfield Grammar School


“The performance was interactive and fun. I was aching with laughter.”
National Gallery of Victoria

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Christine O’Brien, Italian Teacher, Christ Church Grammar

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Drama Victoria conference delegates

“It doesn’t matter if you’re experienced or not, it’s really fun and everyone gets to play a part in the performance.”
Bonnie, 9 years of age, School Holiday Drama Program

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