Italian Design Workshop

Florence, Italy 2014 dates (Commedia dell’Arte & Italian Interior Design)

Ready to make your summer plans? Well Go Inspired will host 2 workshops in June/July in Commedia dell’Arte and Italian Interior Design in Florence, Italy!!

The dates will be June 30-July 18, 2014. It is an amazing way to spend 3 weeks. We guarantee you will enjoy your time immensely as we visit some of the famous sights as well.  You will also be challenged in our courses and learn a lot!  For more information, check out our website


A look into the world of Roberto Andrioli

An Interview with Roberto Andrioli, one of our Commedia dell’Arte instructors in Florence, Italy

Roberto Andrioli


1) Tell us about you. 

I am Roberto Andrioli, 42 years old and I have been practicing Theatre since I was 17 years old. I started in Florence at the Oriuolo Theatre then with Master Orazio Costa. Then I moved to Milan where I graduated from The Drama Academy of Piccolo Teatro directed by Master Giorgio Strehler. There I had the occasion to begin  studying Commedia dell’Arte with the famous Arlecchino Ferruccio Soleri and Mime techniques with Marise Flash (Decroux method) and I began to use the leather mask made by Master Sartori. I had the chance to study Commedia with Enrico Bonavera, Adriano Jurissevic, then Nicolay Karpov, and Yosci Oida. After I developed my experience studying physical theatre I continued with contemporary dance with Master Caroline Carlson. 

I spent two years working and collaborating with LA MAMA e.t.c in New York City, then I was part of the French theatre company Jean Francois Duroure. I have been teaching Commedia and making  Leather Masks  since 2000. I have worked in many productions of Prose, Musical and Commedia theatre as an Actor and Director. I love Commedia dell’Arte and in my opinion it is a very good meeting point between tradition and  innovation. It is a very creative theatre and Masks are very good instrument to develop the acting techniques for any kind of actor. Another good thing for me is the relation that we can find in the Commedia tradition between music, dance and acting.

2) How did you start with Commedia?

In Milan at the Piccolo Theatre Accademy with Ferrucio Soleri


3) Why is it important for actors to learn about Commedia?

Because Commedia dell’Arte is a very important cultural phenomenon that started in the 16th century in Italy and involved all Europe and influenced the most important classical playwrites in the 17th and 18th century in all of Europe. So we can say that our European tradition comes from Commedia that at this time it is connected with  Middle Age theatre and Latin theatre. Then I think that technicallly it is very important and funny for whoever is practicing acting to know the Commedia way of defining characters and using the body and voice.


4) What is challenging about Commedia?

The possibility to create  theatre based on physical gags and body expression where it is very clear that also the use of voice is a physical body thing. So in Commedia every strange and original idea can be good if the energetic impact on the audience it is at the right level. But to get to that level of energy and manage that level is a challenge for sure.


5) What do you teach in the workshop?

I try to find relation with music language so that the students understand that acting is like playing music, you need a lot of passion but a lot of control and time for repeating and repeating until you not only understand but take your body to the point to make the action in the right energy and speed in a precise way. And also I try to find out with the student their own way to make Zanni or Arlecchino or any of the characters. It is the most important thing to not lose our personality under the mask.

Roberto Andrioli in Commedia dell'Arte


6) Who is your favorite Commedia character?

I really like Arlecchino and the Old Pantalone in their relation. There is the father and the son, the master and the servant, the old and the young, and inside of Pantalone there is a little Arlecchino hidden and free…searching for love and freedom and not just money and business : )


7) Do we see Commedia characters in real-life today?

Always if you go out in the street or just inside of every family it is easy to still find these types of characters alive. Sometimes it is a very strong feeling and sometimes you are in the street and you turn to watch some character that captures your attention. Most of the time there is a Commedia character or a Commedia gag hidden in that reality.

Commedia dell'Arte in Florence

8) Marco Bendoni teaches another part of the course. Why is his part important too?

I really like his artistic work, his research and his spirit. I like the fact that he is a teacher of Renaissance and baroque dance, which is so connected with the history, the energy and the style of Commedia characters.  Also, Marco is a Master of Spiritual dances and meditation. I like to point the attention of the fact that Commedia is funny theatre but very deep. And to get the energy of the characters that are somehow deformations of human deficits and characteristics , the actor has to do deep, long, and continued work on balance, and manage the energy in the neutral dimension.  I find Marco so fun and full of inspiration and it is always a pleasure to work with him. He is a very special man 🙂 


Go Inspired will have its Commedia dell’Arte workshop in Florence, Italy  for 3 weeks from  June 30-July, 18. Check our website for up-to-date information on the course and deadlines.

Commedia dell’Arte in Florence, Italy

A wonderful world

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There is no end to the adventures we can have 
if only we seek them with our eyes open.

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Group Budget App used by Go Inspired

Go Inspired has different groups of participants in different parts of the world. One way we have been able to be very organized is by using an App called Group Budget. Group Budget is a great way for leaders of a group to keep track of expenses. For example, if you are a group leader of high school students and they all have a certain amount of money for the trip, Group Budget can be used so you, as well as the students and parents can keep track of the spending. It is an incredibly useful app and we are excited that one of our employees is the developer of this app. Manuel Escrig saw the need of this app and he created and designed it and  it is available on the itunes store.

For more information, check out the website:
Group Budget App

Thanks Manuel for contributing to Go Inspired’s organization. We are lucky to have you!!!