RCCU’s 10nth Anniversary Workshops June 12-July 1 (NY)

Stanley Allan Sherman, well-known maskmaker who contributed an excellent guest post to our Commedia Month series, will be teaching a 3 week commedia intensive from June 12-July 1 in New York.  The workshop will feature over 128 hours of instruction.

Here’s some of the details:

RCCU 2011
RCCU is beginning its 10th anniversary year teaching Classical Commedia dell’Arte.  Students will develop their personal historical Commedia dell’Arte characters and style with their individual qualities. Through the workshop, students will  easily see how this work from the 1500’s still vibrantly relates to today’s theater.

Areas of concentration:
Commedia dell’Arte characters
History of the characters; their movement and gestures, improvisation, lazzi, mask work, mask making, physical skills, prop manipulation, rhythm, scatology, scenario work, and more; all integrated.

Scenario & Improvisation
Much of our scenario and improvisation work will be taken from our own translation of three Flaminio Scala scenarii* believed to be performed by the legendary Gelosi Company 1572 to 1604, plus an anonymous scenario from 1611 we discovered this year and just finished translating.

Daily Schedule
Week 1 & 2: optional personal warm-up 8:30 AM
classes: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
classes: 2:00 PM – 5:30 sometimes 6:30 PM

Sundays 1:00 – 5:30 PM
90 hours of class time week 1 & 2

Week 3: is working and performing complete scenarii*
all scenario hours: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
all scenario hours: 2:00 PM- 5:30 PM
week 3 – over 38 hour of scenario time

Total over 128 hours of Commedia dell’Arte

Stanley Allan Sherman, co-founder of RCCU, will lead the 2011 intensive.

Co-founder of RCCU, Stanley Allan Sherman will lead this intensive. Read Stanley’s bio.

Guest Teachers & Artists
Because the Commedia dell’Arte actor is so diversely talented, RCCU brings in talented guest artists and teachers that specialize in specific areas. We are pleased Meggi and Paul will be joining us this summer along with other surprise guest artists and teachers.

Meggi Sweeney Smith with the New York Baroque Dance Company, teaches dances the Commedia dell’Arte actors performed in Northern Italy in the late 1500’s.

Paul Shipper’s concentration is on voice production and diction for both speaking and singing, and playing simple instrumental music from the Commedia dell’Arte period using both wind and string instruments. Of course students also discover how to use these instruments as props.


($95 reserve’s your place)
RCCU Graduates – are welcome to come for the third all scenario week – $395

pierStudios in Hudson River Park, New York NY
For information & registration


Download a pdf flyer for this workshop

NYC workshop housing options:
Bed & Breakfasts, Sublets, Roommates, Hostels, YMCA’s & More

* scenarii, plural for scenario

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