The Department of Fools brings Renaissance street theater to NYC. Our company is internationally diverse, with actors from Brazil, Morocco, Israel, Denmark, Australia, Canada and the U.S. As a result, the actors each bring something unique to the table in terms of world-view and cultural experience. Our performers range from recent graduates to professionals with experience on Broadway, at Cirque du Soleil, and in venues around the world. We share a love of pure unadulterated play and a commitment to satire. Through the masked mayhem of Commedia, we use humor to address inequities in our society.
Commedia dell’Arte is wild, salacious, zany, tremendously enjoyable and deeply satirical. We believe that the social satire inherent in Commedia dell’Arte is still as relevant today as it was during the Renaissance.