Workshop: Intensive Commedia dell’Arte Workshop with Giangiacomo Colli, University of Toronto

Comprising consecutive four hour meetings this two-day workshop includes an historical overview, character and mask training, lazzi techniques, and scenario improvisation with space to expand underlying dramaturgical skills. In addition to exploring and developing commedia practices this workshop also forms a natural training complement for students involved in Physical Theatre, Period Style Acting, or Presentational Acting.

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November, 2014
Times: 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Luella Massey Studio Theatre
4 Glen Morris Street (Spadina and Harbord)
Enrollment is limited.   Per person $120.00
Registration and information 416 978-7987 or
Dress for comfortable movement.

As an actor and director, Giangiacomo has been involved in numerous productions, receiving awards in Canada and U.S., and making regular appearances in television and film. In Italy, he directed an acting studio in Rome, served as Artistic Director for Attori in Corso, a theatre company with which he toured extensively in Northern and Central Italy, and founded Il Trucco e l’Anima, a theatre group created to introduce young audiences to Commedia dell’Arte and Orazio Costa’s holistic acting training. In 2001, Giangiacomo founded Heartfeltricks, a theatre organization intended to continue and expand the mission of Il Trucco e l’Anima in Canada and U.S., and to introduce little known European scripts to North American audiences.

Among the productions directed by Giangiacomo are: The Virtuous Burglar by Dario Fo, The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa in the Garden by Federico Garcia Lorca, his own adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, The Rover by Aphra Behn, Circus Chekhov (four one-act plays by Anton Chekhov), Mary Stuart by Dacia Maraini, Aminta by Torquato Tasso, Casina by Plautus, The Trial of Jesus by Diego Fabbri, Six Characters in Search of an Author and The Man with the Flower in His Mouth, both by Luigi Pirandello, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, in addition to his own educational play The World of Harlequin, Then and Now. Portfolio:

In collaboration with Teatroavista, a Rome based theatre group, Giangiacomo has recently developed the training project Il f-Attore Umano [The Human f-Actor], based on collaborative dramaturgy techniques and Orazio Costa’s holistic acting training.

Giangiacomo holds a degree in Theatre History from the University of Rome, an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. in Drama from the University of Toronto. Since 1999, he has been living, studying, and working in North America. In Canada he has taught at the University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Brock University, and in the U.S,. at Franklin & Marshall College, Middlebury College, and Texas State University-San Marcos. Presently, in Italy, he is teaching Acting Pedagogy for the Master of Social Theatre at the University of Rome, and Commedia dell’Arte Dramaturgy at Accademia dell’Arte, a physical theatre study abroad program based in Arezzo.

Giangiacomo’s most recent publication is the chapter “Commedia dell’Arte’s Techniques: Theater Research and Italian Language Interplay” in the volume Set the Stage! Teaching Italian through Theater: Theories, Methods, and Practices [Yale UP, 2009].