Commedia is dead! Long live Commedia! Commedia Dell'arte is traditional Italian comedy from the 1550's. To be a living breathing theatrical form it must be resurrected by the actor! During class the actors will rediscover the comedic archetypes or stock characters of Commedia Dell'arte. This style of performance requires Commedia Dell'arte Half-mask, so we learn mask technique as well as how to create our own comic Commedia scenes. Commedia has been called "The Human Comedy". It is a theatrical form about finding the ugly parts of ourselves and our fellow citizens and using them to expose the human struggle through silliness! Lazzi! Improviso! Fun!