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Learn the finer points of Commedia Dell’ Arte, mask-making, physical theatre, and creating character with experienced and professional teachers.

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WORSHOPS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST:

COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE: Level I
Introduction to Comic Italian Mask Theatre

Dates: TBA   (two 4-hour sessions plus studio time)
Instructor: Susan Bertoia with facilitators
Where: Studio Space, Vancouver, BC
Class Size: 8-16
Description: Explore the roots of physical comic acting including improvisation, comic business, comic... timing, through commedia dell'arte and mask work with professional performer & Instructor Susan Bertoia.
In this workshop you will open yourself to the possibility of funny; that is, physical funny. Commedia dell'arte is a form of mask theatre that has been around for centuries. The commedia stock characters and humorous situations are ones we can all relate to. Commedia is the foundation for clown, vaudeville and the sitcoms of today. Warning: Be prepared - this class may bring out the comedian in you!

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Pre-requisites: None (but an open mind helps)

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COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE: Level II
Finding your Mask and Dealing With It

Dates: TBA   (two 4-hour sessions plus studio time)  
Instructor: Susan Bertoia with facilitators
Where: Studio Space, Vancouver, BC
Class Size: 8-16
Description: Discover the Commedia Dellí Arte characters, scenarios and lazzi in this intensive, interactive, fast-paced workshop for anyone who is creative, energetic, witty and relies on his/her intuition as an artist. We will cover the stock characters, embody them and use their masks. Also, we will learn to create solo and duo lazzi as well as scenario. A final presentation, for an invited audience will round out the end of the workshop.
This four-session workshop is ideal for professional performers with some training either in mask or movement or both who want to further build on their physical performance skills. The workshop will review the historical context and importance of Commedia and move quickly into the practical use of mask.
The skills learned in this workshop are applicable to all elements of performance. The Commedia Dellí Arte stock characters have been around for centuries; they are the foundation for clown, vaudeville and the sitcoms of today.

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Pre-requisites: Level 1 (or upon instructor approval)

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MASK MAKING
Fall Dates TBA
Length: At least Three 3-hour sessions in studio with instruction
Instructor: Susan Bertoia
Materials: Provided
Where: Studio Space, East Vancouver, BC
Status: Ongoing, please contact
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LECTURES, COACHING, YOUTH DRAMA, VOICE OVERS, IMPROV & Other Classes
Specializing, but not limited to, Commedia Dell’Arte
Instructor: Susan Bertoia, Stefano Giulianetti, Marco Soriano & Louis Chirillo (plus guest Instructors)
Status: Ongoing, please contact

Instructors:


Susan Bertoia is the Artistic Director of BellaLuna Productions as well as a professional theatre artist and teacher. She works extensively in movement-based theatre, physical comic theatre and mask performance. Susan also directs, designs and writes scripts for youth and BellaLuna Productions. Her fusion of physical theatre creation and aesthetic make for dynamic and unique performances.

Susan teaches Commedia Dell'Arte at the University of British Columbia and at schools throughout BC. Her professional studies include: a BFA from UBC, a Commedia Dell Arte introduction in Italy at 'Il Piccolo Teatro di Milano' with Giorgio Strehler and in Padua she learned the Tradition of Italian mask making with Donato Sartori, a summer intensive at DellíArte School of Physical (Blue Lake, California), a physical theatre intensive with Calgaryís One Yellow Rabbit and most recently participated in the International Voice Intensive with Richard Armstrong.

Professional theatre acting credits include work with the Arts Club Theatre, Boca Del Lupo, Western Canada Theatre and Richmond Gateway Theatre. Select creation/performances include: The Best Italian Variety Show ñ Ever! and her solo show Plum and Other Colours (BellaLuna Productions) and the all-woman clown circus CIRQUE POULE. She is the recipient of the Gordon Armstrong Theatre Artist Award.
 
Past Workshop Reviews:
"Fantastic Introduction..."
"A complete experience."
"Truly enjoyable."

Other Company Reviews
Past Guest Instructors:

Mario Pirovano (Protege of Dario Fo)
Marco Soriano (Movement,
Youth Drama)
Louis Chirillo (Voice-Overs)
Stefano Giulianetti (Improv,
Youth Drama)
Brunella Battista (Youth Drama)




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