A traveling School of Commedia dell'Arte
Roving Classical Commedia University*
Mask Mime Movement Juggling Music Dance History
Hovey Burgess ~~~~~~~~~~~
Stanley Allan Sherman
Hovey Burgess and Stanley Allan
Sherman founded RCCU in 2001 and combined their teaching, performing, acting,
directing, writing and mask making talents
to give students a firm grounding in Classical Commedia dell'Arte. Along with
special guest teachers RCCU offers an integrated Commedia dell'Arte program
of characters, masks, history, rhythm, Hébertism, music, mime, movement,
dance, props, acrobatics, skills, improvisation, lazzi, scatology, scenarii*
and more. Hovey Burgess is now in semi-retirement and joins Stanley teaching
as his schedule permits.
RCCU is committed to strengthening
and drawing out the individual qualities of each student. Participants learn
the physical style of Commedia dell'Arte as we believe it was "then"
and how it may be used "now" as a creative tool for actors, performers,
directors and teachers. Roving Classical Commedia University* would like you
to simultaneously experience the momentum, effort, historical, physical, joyful
and risky style of the Commedia dell' Arte.
have enriched our department, brought masterful training to our program, and
supplied our actors with a golden experience
I would strongly encourage
educators, directors, and actors to work with you
illuminated the world of classic commedia, mask work, physical comedy, and
spirit of farce
I am convinced that the truths and techniques you taught
will serve these actors in any production style they may attempt in the future
Terea Choate, MFA, PhD
It is not just about Commedia but developing skills for acting and connecting
honestly with moment-to-moment impulses in improvising and in performing.
I am going to recommend you to all of my students and colleagues.
*scenarii, plural for scenario
philosophy on teaching Commedia dell'Arte
New York Theatre Wire:"Il
Dottore Explains It To Us All" by Stanley Allan Sherman,
Back Stage "Commedia
Tonight" by Jean Schiffman, February 26, 2007
dell'Arte: The Essential Secenario
- Actors Freedom
more articles and review by Stanley Allan Sherman Mask
Arts Company blog
consider Jacques Lecoq 1921-1999 and Carlo
Mazzone-Clementi 1920 - 2000
the masters of Commedia dell'Arte of the 20th century.
you Jacques Lecoq and Carlo Mazzone-Clementi.
To contact RCCU and for information
us click here or call 212-255-2882