Here are a few weblinks for further reading and history:
Mike Chase is the awesome man who first got me inspired in masks. A teacher, director, performer and mask-maker extraordinaire.
Strangeface are wonderful mask makers who have made many of the masks I currently use. Great value and robust for teaching purposes.
Micke Klingvall’s Blog on Commedia – artistic director and founder of Kompani Komedi, Swedish theater group dedicated to Commedia dell’Arte and Vulgar Comedy.
Tut’Zanni – Brooklyn, NY based company. Great blog on the relevance of CdA today.
World of Commedia – Barry Grantham’s website, author of Playing Commedia and Commedia Plays
Antonio Fava’s school website – fantastic resource by the maestro Antonio Fava: history, characters, buy masks, buy his books, train with him
Faction of Fools Washington DC based company, true to the original form with a very informed history page
La Commedia dell’Arte – very useful for historical research, characters, scenarios and lazzi
i Sebastiani – source of a great number of scenarios to use as starting points for devising and playing Commedia
Commedia dell’Arte Day – official website for the 25th February events worldwide
North Western University library collection of Antonio Fava’s masks with useful history, photos and video links
http://www3.northern.edu/wild/th100/CHAPT13A.HTM – Q&A guide to Renaissance Italy
Roberto Delpiano’s useful history of Commedia
It’s Behind You – a history of Pantomime and the Harlequinade
V&A Museum’s page on the history of Pantomime
V&A Museum also has a great article tracing the evolution of Pulchinella into Mr Punch the puppet
Mask Makers’ web – directory of more resources
National Theatre’s World of Commedia is a collection of really useful videos, led by Didi Hopkins, that can be found on the National Theatre’s YouTube site. Here’s a couple. There are more: