Performances 


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

“Both performers make clear sense of the traditions of Commedia dell’Arte by expressing them with infectious vitality in sparkling performance. They have the confidence, flexibility and wit to improvise with impressive spontaneity and abundant humour.”
Susan Sandow, Stage Whispers review of ‘Pantalone’s Inn’

“Thank you Rosa and Christian for a most entertaining performance. The children and teachers thoroughly enjoyed it and we received a lot of positive feedback.”
Matilda & Cinzia, Italian Teachers, Mitcham Primary School, Adelaide 

“Thank you for the performance, it was so wonderful and professionally done. I am still laughing to myself. The other teachers thought it was fabulous too.”
Catherine Watt., Italian Teacher, Beechworth Montessori School

“Thank you so much for today. The feedback I had from both students and teachers was very positive. I loved it! Well done un grande applauso!”
Nunzia Esposito, Italian Teacher, Brighton Primary School

“The staff and students loved the show!!! They thought you really engaged the students from all levels.”
Isabella Mammoliti, Italian Teacher, Gladstone Park Primary School

“Feedback from the kids is that they adored the performance – teachers as well! Thanks again, you guys are fabulous!!”
Amanda Williams, Italian Teacher, North Melbourne Primary School

“Engaged all primary levels to perfection. In all my years of teaching I have never seen a performance that so captivated the students attention.”
Christine O’Brien, Christ Church Grammar, Toorak

The students absolutely loved it!
Beth Thomson, Head of Drama, Aitken College

“Excellent performers held 170 Year 7’s spellbound!”
Karen Keegan, Shows for Schools

“The performance was sensational. It is appropriate for Primary to VCE. Thank you for brining this art form alive.”
Bianca Gualtieri, Mount Scopus Memorial College

“Your performance was talked about long after you left! The students and myself had a great time and were very appreciative.”
Carla Panozzo, Drama Teacher, Antonine College St Joseph’s Campus, Coburg

We enjoyed seeing your performance and thanks for the resource kit. The girls learnt a lot.
Pat Allamand, Italian Teacher, St Aloysius College, Adelaide

“Thank you Rosa! Pantalone’s Inn was brilliant yet again! The students were engaged from beginning to end and thoroughly enjoyed the whole commedia. The Italian teachers loved the performance and the incorporation of so many Italian terms and expressions.”
Nadia Petrocco, Italian Teacher, Santa Maria College, Northcote

“I’m one of the Italian language assistants at Salesian College and I enjoyed your show and it really looked like the real one I am used to watching in Italy! I come from Naples, the commedia city, famous for Eduardo De Filippo who played Pulcinella. I can truly say that you have entered into the spirit of this art.”
Michela Genovese, Salesian College

Commedia dell’Arte Workshops


“The workshop was fantastic, very practical and loads of fun.”
Drama Victoria Conference delegates and participants

“Rosa’s workshops really engaged my Year 10 class. She was able to explore the physicality of the commedia characters in a simple and effective manner. The performances that this class devised after both the introduction and extension workshops were excellent.”
Jane Penhallurick, Carey Baptist Grammar

“Rosa’s workshop was fantastic! The students were enthralled for the entire session and devoured everything she threw at them with enthusiasm. This was definitely due to her incredible wealth of knowledge and expreience with the content. Rosa was extremely supportive of every ability, allowing all students to fell comfortable and have a ball! We would have Rosa back in a heartbeat. Highly recommended.”
Kate Allison, Head of Drama, Fitzroy High School

“Your work with the students was absolutely superb and really shone through in the performance”
Justin Murray, Head of Drama / Director, Penleigh Essendon Grammar

“The girls loved the workshop and all said it was fun and entertaining. So thank you very much it was great!”
Jo Porch, Head of Drama, Shelford Girls’ Grammar

“Thank you once again. It was fantastic!!! It is the best workshop and my students always love it.”
Sandie Klein, Head of Drama, Leibler Yavneh College

“Great mix of history and performance experiences.”
Drama Victoria Conference Delegate

“Rosa was inspirational! Just in Awe!”
Drama Victoria Conference Delegate

“Fun and engaging, I learnt a lot. The presenter used helpful mnemonics and demystified the art form.”
Drama Victoria Conference Delegate

“My girls and I all thought the Workshop was excellent – thank you. Your wealth of knowledge was evident and you have a lovely, open approach with the students that they felt very comfortable with you.”
Marisa Rowlands, Drama Teacher, Strathcona Baptist Grammar

“Thanks Rosa, my Year 9 boys simply loved every minute of your Commedia workshop. Your enthusiasm and passion was more than evident. The boys were really engaged by being able to get up and physically play. It’s a wonderful program and we’ll certainly be back for more.”
Simon Perry, Drama Teacher, Haileybury College

“The workshop presented excellent detail of the historical context of Commedia dell’Arte and complemented this information with diverse and highly practical exercises to help the students physically realise the characters in performance.”
Gabrielle Quin, Drama Teacher, Genazzano College

“I loved it. A great introduction to commedia.”
Digby Brandenburg, Fairhills Secondary College

“Rosa’s workshops and performances are a twice yearly fixture on our timetable. They are entertaining, engaging and inclusive. This commedia program at Waterford is always greatly anticipated by the students and a highlight of the Year 9 Drama curriculum.”
Gillian Gillchrist, Drama Teacher, St Kevin’s College, Waterford Campus

“The student feedback was really positive. They loved the hands on approach and loved watching you demonstrate the characters. Grazie mille for the cultural experience.”
Lorenza Campbell, Italian Teacher, Padua College

Commedia dell’Arte Performance & Workshop


“The Year 10’s were introduced to the history and origins of commedia through and engaging and interactive performance and workshop. Rosa and Christian’s expertise on this stylised theatrical tradition was demonstrated through their authentic portrayal of various masked characters. The workshop was particularly insightful for students as they were able to relate these historical stock characters to current contemporary portrayals on TV and film. In the drama based workshop, the students were able to improvise and play with the masks provided. They thoroughly enjoyed the day, having fun whilst experiencing the history of 16th Century Italian theatre.”
Lily Di Bari, Italian Coordinator, Killester College

“Once again, thank you so much for coming to our school. The students who participated in the workshop were very engaged and enthusiastic. All the Year 9’s loved the show! Very funny!”
Genelle Lentini, Drama and Theatre Studies Coordinator, Cranbourne East Secondary College

“Rosa worked collaboratively with the Year 6 students to create and perform Commedia dell’Arte scenes. She was highly energetic and dynamic in the way she taught the skills of commedia and showed the students how translate these skills to their own work. Rosa allowed the students to explore in an engaging and experimental way. This ultimately gave the students ownership and responsibility for their improvisations and final performance. Rosa assisted the children in the refinement and development of their ideas, and inspired them with her passion and purpose for the dramatic arts. I cannot express how fortunate we were to work with such a wonderful and knowledgeable Drama teacher, it is an experience both the students and I will always be grateful for.”
Rebecca Bettiol, Drama Specialist

Playmaking, VCE Solo & Ensemble Performance Workshops


“My senior kids are still talking about the workshop and they thought you were amazing. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. You encouraged them to take risks, to be creative and to commit, in a way that really challenged their thinking about physicality and characterisation. We were all sorry that the time went so quickly – we will definitely have you back!”
Mandy Calterwood, Christian College, Geelong

“Thank you so much for the non-naturalistic mask workshop. All the students had such positive responses and have said that they really enjoyed the experience. I really thought it was such a fun and affirming session where all the students, no matter what their ability, felt as though they could try new things in a safe environment. Rather than theorising so much about the non-naturalistic style you were able to make it very physical and practical – so improtant for students at this stage in their VCE Drama course, I know they all left really feeling as though they achieved a and learnt a lot.”
Leonore Marshall, Drama Teacher, Girton Grammar, Bendigo

Holiday Programs


“My 13 year old daughter always loves attending the holiday sessions and from what she tells me there is always something new and interesting to learn. She enjoys meeting others with similar interests and trying out new characters in the mini productions. With the support and encouragement of the teaching staff at Make A Scene, and the other children who attend, I have seen her confidence grow and I have watched her become more at ease with herself on stage. Thanks for putting on these great workshops during the holidays.”
Ariane, parent

“My 8 year old boy very much enjoyed the workshops – thank you so much. He was engaged and has been playing theatre games he learnt at the programme ever since.”
Asphyxia, parent

“I liked meeting new friends, I liked the drama games and I loved doing the play. I was a little scared, but then I wasn’t scared anymore when I got up on stage. The teachers were really good and they planned fun activities. I would love to do it again.”
Talin, 8 years of age

“My two daughters have attended several School Holiday Drama Programmes and have love it so much they’ve brought friends along! The programme is run beautifully with a variety of activities and wonderful staff who are experienced in teaching and performing professionally. My girls are always really excited to go and can’t stop talking about it afterwards.”
Fiona, mother of 2

“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

“My 5 year old daughter was absolutely thrilled and had the best time in the holiday programme. She had fun, made some new friends and felt comfortable performing in front of an audience, which for someone who is quite shy a huge feat.”
Madelene, parent