Commedia dell’Arte

A 16th-17th c. style of Italian street theatre emphasizing stock characters, physical stunts, and improvised text.

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Members specializing in Commedia dell’Arte:

Anne James

Richard Buchanan

Brian LeTraunik

Bradford Oxnam

CarlosAlexis Cruz

Chaya Gordon-Bland

Colum Morgan

Chelsea Pace

Cynthia Kneen

Joan Schirle

Denise Rinehart

David Gaines

Dana Legawiec

David Reed

Drew Richardson


Davis Robinson

David Taft

Eric Kildow


Christopher Beaulieu


Margo Kopec

Genesee Spridco

Greg Webster

Jason Bohon

Jeffrey Awada

Jonathan Becker

Jill Carlson

Judith Chaffee

Jeff Fazakerley

jeff.fazakerley@cui.edu23 Meadowgrass

Jeffrey Lambdin

Joe Herrera

Joan Schirle

Jeff MIlls

Kate Meehan

Kali Quinn


Laura Rikard

Justine Moore-Luparello


Emily Davis

micaela miranda

Jessie Mills

millsj@wabash.edu109 S. Washington Street

Malcolm Tulip

Matthew R. Wilson

Parke Fech

parkeafech@gmail.com5500 Wissahickon Ave

Katie Jones

kathryn.ann.jones@gmail.com4440 Laguna Place

C. Robin Marcotte

Rich Rand

Rachael Swartz

Sears Eldredge

Sandi Carroll

Stephanie Roberts


Sara Romersberger


Robyn Berg

Tamala Bakkensen

T. Anthony Marotta

Terry Glaser

Zane Whitney

Yarit Dor

Yo-El Cassell

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Bibliography for Commedia dell’Arte

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  • Bacon, R. W. The Juggler’s Manual of Manipulative Miscellanea. Newburyport, MA: Variety Arts Press, n.d.
  • Barner, Pat and July Vermillion-Witt. The Center Ring. Norfolk, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Co., Inc., 1992. 1-878901-31-1
  • Burgess, Hovey. Circus Techniques: Juggling, Equilibristics, Vaulting. New York: Drama Book Specialists, 1977.
  • ________. “Circus and the Actor,” The Drama Review, Vol. 16, no. 1, 1972: 36-46. Well-known teacher of circus arts discusses teaching circus skills to actors.
  • Carlo. The Juggling Book. New York: Random House, 1974.
  • Cassidy, John and B. C. Rimbeaux. Juggling for the Complete Klutz. Palo Alto, CA: Klutz Press, 1988. 0-932592-00-7
  • Disher, M. W. Clown and Pantomimes. New York: Benjamin Blom 1968.
  • Fife, Bruce et al. Creative Clowning. Colorado Springs, CO: Java Publishing Company, 1988. 0-941599-03-5
  • Kelly, E. Clown. New York: Prentice Hall, 1954.
  • Kerr, W. The Silent Clowns. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975.
  • Liebmann, Adrienne. Women’s Circus: Leaping off the Edge. LPC InBook, 1997. ISBN 1875559558 Established in 1991 as a community theatre project to work with survivors of sexual assault, the Women’s Circus toured Beijing in 1995. Jugglers, acrobats, tricksters, aerialists, technicians, administrators, musicians, designers and trainers tell their story.
  • McKechnie, Samuel. Popular Entertainment Through the Ages. New York: Blom, 1969.
  • McVicar, Wes. Clown Act Omnibus. Colorado Springs, CO: Meriwether Publishing, 1960. 0-916260-41-0 200 workable clown acts for all levels.
  • Perkins, Catherine and Rob Shone (Illustrator). The Most Excellent Book of how to be a Clown. Millbrook Press, 1997. ISBN 0761304991 Introductory book featuring step-by-step instructions on how to create clown personas, including traditional characters like the “auguste” or the “whiteface.”
  • Pipkin, T. Be a Clown! New York: Workman Publishing, 1989.
  • Remy, Tristan and Bernard Sahlins (Translator). Clown Scenes. Ivan R. Dee Publisher, 1997. ISBN 1566631440 Written by a French circus historian, this book presents 48 classic routines by clowns working in the old tradition of the one-ring circus. Includes spoken words, the manner of line delivery and the physical turns. Scenes are suitable for performance, and require three actors and no sets.
  • Robinson, Davis Rider. The Physical Comedy Handbook. NH: Heinemann, 1999. ISBN 0325001146 Preparation, solos, duets, trios, group exercises, skills (e.g. the trip, the take, difficulty with objects, interruptions).
  • Schechter, Joel. Durov’s Pig. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1985. Clowns, politics, theatre.
  • Stolzenberg, Mark. Clowns for Circus and Stage. New York: Sterling Publishers, n.d. Simple techniques simply presented. Good for kids.
  • Toole-Stott, Raymond. Circus and the Allied Arts: A World Bibliography. 4 Vols. Derby, UK: Harper & Sons, 1958 and 1971.
  • Towsen, John. Clowns. New York: Hawthorne, 1976.
  • Wiley, Jack. Basic Circus Skills. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1974.
  • Wilmeth, Don B. The Language of American Popular Entertainment, n.c.: n.p., 1981. Argot and slang of circus, vaudeville, burlesque, etc.
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