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A Little Background

From the various commedia experiences of Piccolo Theatre, Bristol Renaissance Faire, Panini Players, and Antonio Fava's Scuola Internazionale dell'Attore Comico, we have come together to bring the world a new “Chicago-Style” Commedia. A new form of Commedia that holds a mirror up to our modern life to expose the issues and questions of the day.

Commedia dell’Arte is a stylized form of theatre that uses masks, archetypes, slapstick, and structured improvisation to emphasize the humor in humanity. It was most popular in Italy in the 16th century but Commedia’s influence can been seen in everything from opera to modern day cartoons. Commedia’s lasting appeal is part of the reason why we as a company are so interested in participating in its revival. Our goal is to invigorate Commedia with modern perspectives to explore how the traditional archetypical characters would behave in our world.

We produce 3 shows a year of varying sizes and lengths, occasional tours and one-off performances, and 1-2 workshops and classes a year


Masquerade Trailer


Mission & Values