Links

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: