Commedia dell'Arte Free Resources

As a Performing Art Educator you know yourself how beautiful it is to witness an actor find the spirt of the mask for the first time.

It is this discovery and deep connection with our theatrical history that drives Tony Kishawi to provide Theatre Coaches with these Commedia dell'Arte Resources, which are completely free, and that will aid in the delivery of the Commedia dell'Arte curriculum in the classroom and on the stage.

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Tony Kishawi is Australia's leading Commedia dell'Arte expert and in this series of Commedia dell'Arte resources, Tony imparts his extensive performing arts knowledge to guide you in your journey.

Remi’s Commedia Questions

By Tony Kishawi | 15 March 2021

Remi a year 12 student studying at Queensland Academy for Creative Industries sent some questions. So I requested that I answer the questions via video because I prefer talking to typing! 1. How would you describe the physicality of Commedia (in general)? 2. Are there solo exercises you’ve used to develop/get into the physicality of a Commedia character? What are they? 3. (If you are familiar with the Butoh style), What are some similarities and differences you’ve found between the two styles? Thank you so much, Remi If anyone has any other questions for me, just contact me via FB…

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How to make Commedia dell’Arte work in the Drama Class

By Tony Kishawi | 16 June 2020

This the first video played as a talking point for the Zoom meetings. Zoom session on Wednesday 27th 7 pm and again at 10:30 pm (AEST) Teaching the Teacher Using Commedia Dell’ Arte as a springboard (& how to make it work in the drama class).

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Theatresports for lunch to enhance the Performing Arts

By Tony Kishawi | 15 June 2020

Theatresports for lunch to enhance the Performing Arts. How to increase the performing arts in a heavenly Sports orientated High School. Answering a question posed by June Ash Moore on the Theatre Teachers Facebook Group. https

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Olly Crick Interview on Dario Fo’s Classic Performance the Zanni

By Tony Kishawi | 7 November 2018

  Duration 13 mins Here is the link to the Dario Video that we are reviewing. We suggest you watch this video before watching Olly’s Interview: Tony: Okay, Mr. Olly Crick It’s been a while since we’ve spoken and I’d like to do a quick interview with you. Where… I found a video of Dario Fo and I wanted to find out a little bit more what he was talking about. But he was speaking in Italian. So we put some English captions under there so that we could, us, monolingual can actually understand what he’s saying. And to…

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‘Love in the Moonlight’ a Film Review by Tony Kishawi

By Tony Kishawi | 27 October 2018

CTTO: Love in the Moonlight (2016) Hong Ra On disguises herself as a man and counsels men on dating. Due to a love letter she wrote for a client, she meets Crown Prince Hyo Myeong. Ra On is unaware that he is the Crown Prince and Hyo Myeong is unaware that Ra On is a woman. The Crown Prince becomes interested in Ra On. His eunuchs become aware of this and attempt to get Ra On to become one of them. * Related ContentLove in the Moonlight Special (Korean Special)�* Native Title: 구르미 그린 달빛* Also Known As Moonlight Drawn…

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Why Teach Commedia?!?!

By Tony Kishawi | 9 March 2018

Transcription. I find teaching masks work Very interesting because it’s not just for teaching commedia You know like once you they’ve they found the spirit of the mask you introduced the history. Yes that’s right they find out, which character it was and they go “Hey i found that in my, mask When i was working? And that’s what the history, book, says he is, that’s fantastic I found it myself!”. So the student owns the work and you end up with wonderful performance if that happens but I found there were some students there was one confident Student that…

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Commedia dell’arte ‘Cafe Floriani'”This is how I think”

By Tony Kishawi | 11 June 2016
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Tony’s Talk with Pecha Kucha demonstration at the Drama NSW conference 2016

By Tony Kishawi | 18 May 2016

Okay thank you very much for your time here, I would like to extend the Pecha Kucha presentation by actually having our actors jump off the page and come up on stage so I got some students here from Kings and Nagle college to do a demonstration, but stay there, don’t don’t jump up just yet. I’ve got some notes hopefully I can get through the Pecha Kucha in time with my demonstrations of my workshops that we’ve been running here, just as a note to the slides are you will be seeing slowly turning over here are actually from…

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Commedia dell’arte production ‘Cafe Floriani'”Have a seat!”

By Tony Kishawi | 11 May 2016
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Commedia dell’arte ‘Cafe Floriani'”Body Language”

By Tony Kishawi | 19 April 2016
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