Commedia dell'Arte

Commedia dell’Arte Workshop Adds Dates

Calling all actors and mask makers!!! We have the perfect way to spend 2 weeks this summer. Combine your love for traveling and exploring with your desire to improve your acting skills through learning about Commedia dell’Arte. This year the course will feature two days of learning about and creating your own Commedia dell’Arte mask.

The course will run Monday-Friday July 16-27th with weekends free to explore beautiful Tuscany. Optional trips will be available.

The cost is 1995 euros which includes the 40-hour workshop and double accommodation in an apartment in the center of Florence.


Commedia and Mask workshop

A summer that will NOT disappoint!

Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

Commedia dell’Arte Workshop

Commedia dell'Arte Workshop

Commedia in New York City Summer 2015

Come learn Commedia dell’Arte in New York City this summer! The course focuses on movement, gesture, history of the characters, improvisation, lazzi, mask work, mime, physical skills, prop manipulation, rhythm, scatology, scenario work, women and more; all integrated.

It is a chance to discover the Commedia characters and improve your improv skills.

The course runs from June 21-26, 2015 in the Centro Espanol in New York City. It will be 40+ hours.

The cost is $535. Housing is not included but we can assist you in finding the accommodation you are looking for.

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Commedia Workshop in Florence, Italy

The students have been working on creating some classic commedia characters (Il Capitano, Pantalone, Ricciolina, and Arlequino) with the instructors, Roberto Andrioli and Marco Bendoni. They are using improvisation and physical adaptations of characters to enhance classic and timeless scenarios. During the second week, they learned some traditional and period dances, the first being the dance of the Tarantella. The energy is up, the learning is visible and the inspiration is apparent!

Commedia dell'Arte workshop in Italy

The final performance was fantastic.
Performance  of Commedia in ItalyCommedia dell'Arte Workshop in Italy

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

Historical Dance Workshop in Florence

An Interview with Marco Bendoni about the Commedia dell’Arte workshop in Florence

Go Inspired was introduced to Marco Bendoni a few years ago by chance and we are thrilled to continue to be working with Marco since then. He brings so much to the course that we consider ourselves extremely lucky to be able to share his talents with our participants. During the time spent with Marco, students find themselves challenged and inspired at the same time. For most of the participants, it is their first experience going deeper into their acting and also themselves as well as taking themselves out of their comfort zones.

We talked to Marco about Commedia dell’Arte so our future participants can have a better idea of what to expect from the workshop.

Marco Bendoni

1. First, tell us a bit about you.

I am a professional dancer. I was a contemporary dancer who worked with Philippe Decouflé in Paris, Vicecte Saez in Valencia, Simona Bucci in Florence and Luciano Padovani in Vicenza. Then I worked as a dancer and a mime in “Teatro Comunale” of Florence. I studied Commedia dell’Arte as part of the training.

I have my own company of Renaissance and Baroque dance “Il Ballarino” and I collaborate with different orchestras in Europe in order to bring these nobles dances all over the world.

I am also a Holistic operator who is specialized in movements, yoga, chi gong, energetic protocols, acro yoga, and aikido.

2. How did you begin your career?

I began as a contemporary dancer after working as an accountant for 5 years.

3. What can participants expect from this course?

They can expect a better knowledge of the period of Commedia dell’Arte, learning about the history, the way these characters were moving, dancing…


Marco Bendoni and Commedia dell'Arte workshops

4. What will participants learn from you in this course?

They learn about awareness of the body, mind, emotions and know more about the meaning of energy. They learn the basis of acrobatics, acro yoga, and training for dancing. They learn a few dances as from the books of choreography of the ancient times from the renaissance to baroque.

5. What are some things participants find challenging?

They will find out how important and challenging it is to be present, to grow and develop as a human, to learn about him/herself and the study of their own personalities. They will also have the chance to learn to be neutral in order to be the right tool to become a Commedia dell’Arte character.

6. Why is your part of the course important (as you divide the course with Roberto)?

Commedia dell’Arte is very physical work. The masks used to dance a lot and of my knowledge on the treatises of the time is a philological precious apport to the actor’s work of improvisation. To learn a noble or popular dance as it was and done with the body of the mask it allows the actor to have a solid structure that help him/her to give his/her best. To show one of his/her artistic talent…prestige.

Marco Bendoni and Commedia dell'Arte workshops

7. What do you like about Commedia dell’Arte?

Commedia is our history; the characters are like lenses pointed on our “negativities”, such as fears, greed, abuse of sex, to manipulate others, wanting to dominate, being a victim,etc…but in a comical way. So that allows myself to recognize which of these negative emotions are still in me and how ridiculous they are.

8. Why is it important for actors to study Commedia dell’Arte?

Commedia dell’Arte  teaches you to be a character completely with all of your body, emotions and thoughts. The use of the mask allows you to disinhibit from the heaviness of your own personality.

9. You do acrobatics and teach dance moves to the participants. Why?

How can you tease a noble if you don’t know what nobles knew about philosophy, their longing to be better humans through experiencing the different arts, playing music, dancing, painting. Some of the characters are masters and noble. The servants are normally acrobats in order to earn their living they have to jump from one place to another.

Also, acrobatics is a skill of most of the Commedia dell’Arte characters.

10. Who is your favorite Commedia character and why?

My favorite character is the Capitano, a bit like a Don Quijote; a crazy, dreamy character but full of hope and energy.

11. What is special about this course in Florence?

The course in Florence is held by 2 passionate teachers who love to transmit the preciousness of this art, giving an amount of details on the characters, the different arts and much much more.


Thank you Marco for your time!! We look forward to working with you in our next workshop!

Historical Dance Workshop in Florence

One week until 2013 Commedia dell’Arte workshop in Florence, Italy

“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” –Anna Akhmatova 

By this time next week, we will be in beautiful Florence, Italy to begin our Commedia dell’Arte course. How exciting for us to share our love of Commedia and our amazing teachers Roberto Andrioli and Marco Bendoni with the 2013 participants. What a fun 3 weeks it will be! Let’s take a look at some days in the course last year.

Looking forward to a fabulous 2013 course with our participants coming from different countries.


Participants will be doing a public performance in Florence. We hope to see you there! If not, we will be sharing videos and photos online. Stay tuned.

Twenty Years From Now…

One of Go Inspired’s mottos is summed up perfectly by Mark Twain. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”.

At Go Inspired, we recognize how hard it can be to do the things you really want to do when you have a job, school, family, etc. But we know how important it is to grow and gain new experiences. This summer, Go Inspired has a variety of options to EXPLORE, DREAM and DISCOVER.

Commedia dell’Arte & Italian Interior Design

If you are an art lover or just love Italy, join us in Florence for 3 weeks this June for our 2 hands-on workshops in Commedia dell’Arte and Italian Interior Design. It is your chance to stroll the streets of Florence, feel the energy that thrives in the city or take a trip to the Tuscan hills to take in beautiful views.

Yoga, Meditation and Sacred Dance

If you want to feel one with nature and help harmonize your body, join us on a sacred island in Greece where you will explore the beautiful Greek island while doing yoga, meditation and sacred dance.

English and Surf

If you are not a native English speaker and would like to practice, join us in England for our English and Surf course. There you will have an opportunity to learn how to surf in a surfer’s paradise and have fun English classes where you will improve your pronunciation and overall English.

Yoga for Peace

If you are looking to see how Yoga and Peace tie together, join us in India for our Yoga for Peace course. There you will live in a Bishnoi Village practicing and learning about Yoga for Peace.

All of these are opportunities to add amazing experiences to your lives. These programs will introduce you to people from other places as well as allow you experience life in a different country.

So as Mark Twain said, “So throw off the bowlines” and join us for an incredible summer experience!