Join the Department of Fools for a Commedia dell’Arte Weekend Intensive – June 9th, 10th and 11th
WHAT IS IT? The Department of Fools is offering a weekend intensive, which will immerse participants in wild and raucous world of Commedia dell’Arte. Join us in the heart of NYC to learn more about the freedom of masked acting, the joy of pure ‘play’, stock characters, improvisation, physical comedy, and much more in this Commedia dell’Arte Weekend Intensive.
In this Commedia dell’Arte Weekend Intensive, participants learn the physical style of traditional Commedia dell’Arte and how it may be applied as a creative tool for actors, performers, directors and teachers. The Department of Fools utilizes a unique mixture of acting techniques, which combines the Method with the techniques of Jacques Lecoq and Sears Eldredge.
Participants will learn the history of Commedia, how to work effectively with the masks, the essential shape and movement of the classic Characters (like Arlecchino, Columbina, and Pantalone), the stock Canovaccio (plot outlines), comic improvisation, Lazzi (comic stage gags), and the secrets of good comic timing.
Our Commedia dell’Arte workshops are physically intensive, imaginatively demanding and incredibly liberating for the performer. Performers who struggle with stage fright or getting ‘out of their heads’ will find this workshop invaluable.
WHEN IS IT? The intensive is held over one weekend:
- Friday, June 9th from 7pm to 10pm
- Saturday, June 10th from 10am to 5pm (one hour lunch break)
- Sunday, June 11th from 10am to 5pm (one hour lunch break)
WHERE IS IT? The intensive will be held at:
440 Studios – 440 Lafayette Street (Studio 3D), New York, NY 10003
HOW MUCH IS IT? The participation fee for the weekend intensive is $250.
HOW DO I SIGN UP? If you would like to sign up for this intensive, and for all inquiries, please email: email@example.com
WHO ARE THESE FOOLS? The Department of Fools brings Renaissance street theater to NYC. We have performed at venues around NYC, including at the New York International Fringe Festival and at the PIT. Our company is internationally diverse, with actors from Brazil, Morocco, Israel, Italy, Denmark, Norway and the U.S. As a result, the actors each bring something unique to the table in terms of world-view and cultural experience. 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.
The weekend intensive will be led by the company’s Capocomico (Captain Comic) – Matthew A.J. Gregory. Matthew is an interdisciplinary theatre artist whose current theater work explores the nexus between art and politics, specifically through use of the comedy as a lens for investigating modern civil issues. He is theatre generalist with expertise in direction, acting, theatre history and costume design, but is interested in holistic approaches to theatre-making that transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines. He has directed numerous productions at venues around New York including NYU, Theater for the New City, the cell and the Culture Project. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Saratoga Shakespeare Company and Off-Broadway at the Mint Theater. His costume designs have been seen at the Juilliard School, the Wheeler Opera House and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Matthew also worked as a costume artisan on various films including “X-Men”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, and “Charlie’s Angels”. He has been on the faculty at Adelphi University, SUNY Albany, Siena College and CUNY – Kingsborough. Currently, Matthew is on the faculty at NYU Gallatin and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.