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2 Courses, 3 Units, 25 Lesson Plans, and 5 Resources tagged "Commedia" for Drama Teachers.

Courses

Commedia I: Playing Comedy

by Todd Espeland

Commedia dell’arte is a 16th Century masked acting form. It’s the basis of all comedy and it’s a form that many teachers want to include in their curriculum.

Instructor Todd Espeland has designed two courses that work hand-in-hand with teaching this fantastic physical form.

In Commedia I: Playing Comedy - Todd teaches the principles of comedy through four key elements: status, appetite, swing, and intention/invention. This course provides an excellent foundation upon which to explore Commedia to its fullest. Includes bonus videos, handouts, reflections, and exit slip question ideas for each lesson.

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Commedia II: Style

by Todd Espeland

Commedia dell’arte is a 16th Century masked acting form. It’s the basis of all comedy and it’s a form that many teachers want to include in their curriculum.

Instructor Todd Espeland has designed two courses that work hand-in-hand with teaching this fantastic physical form.

In Commedia II: Style - Todd moves on to the specific style of Commedia dell’arte. This includes a history of commedia, the stock characters and how to physicalize them, sample lazzi and a capstone assignment. The course includes video demonstrations so you can see the exercises and activities in action.

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Units

Improvisation

by Karen Loftus

Students sharpen their listening and reaction skills through improv games, exercises, and scenes. They will learn 5 specific guidelines to apply to their improvisation: accept the offer, bring information to the scene, make active choices, make your partner look good, and don’t force the humour.

There are so many different ways to approach a unit on improvisation. Keep in mind that you will have students who are really excited about this unit and some students who dread it. It’s best to start with low risk games and exercises and then build up to higher risk ones. Low risk games in this situation mean partnered interactions that aren’t shared with the whole class. Teachers can also refer to the Pacing Guide for more details and ways to supplement with other DTA materials.

The unit culminates in a short improv performance. A rubric is included for the performance as long as journal prompts and exit slips.

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Commedia dell'Arte

by Todd Espeland

Commedia dell’arte is a 16th century masked acting form. It is the basis of all comedy, including all tv sitcoms. This form is characterized by masked types and archetypical characters and a specific way of playing comedy. To that end, this unit is divided into two parts.

Part One focuses on the foundations of commedia - playing comedy. These principles will be important to learn when it comes to developing commedia characters, specifically the physicality of the characters. Part Two will cover lazzi.

Note: there are links to video demos in many of the lessons of this unit.

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Unit 4: Commedia Dell'Arte

by Drama Teacher Academy

We take a side trip to Italy to discover a secular comedic form: Commedia Dell’arte.
Students will be introduced to the form, explore the characters and themes, and put their knowledge to practical application by creating a commedia character.

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Lesson Plans

Introduction to Commedia Dell'Arte

by Lindsay Price

Perfect for an Emergency Lesson Plan. Students will read and respond to a Commedia Dell’Arte Handout. They will then reflect on what it would be like to have been a Commedia actor, the similarities and differences between Commedia and modern acting, and which type of acting they would prefer.

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Commedia dell'arte: High Status and Low Status

by Todd Espeland

When we think of Commedia dell’arte, we often think “mask.” But before we get to mask, it’s important to establish the foundation. Knowing the technical elements of playing comedy are essential before adding on the layers of mask, archetypal characters, and Lazzi. This lesson plan looks at one of the cornerstone tools for playing comedy: status. Status is at the heart of Commedia dell’arte. Students will explore high and low status through the game called Status Walks.

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Introduction

by Karen Loftus

Students learn some key facts about Commedia and apply them to the exercise “Opposite Day.”

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Stock Characters

by Karen Loftus

Students explore Commedia stock characters: the masters, the servants and the lovers.

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Stock Character Walks

by Karen Loftus

Students apply their knowledge of stock characters into character walks.

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Lazzi

by Karen Loftus

Students learn about different commedia lazzi and create their own.

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Unit Project

by Karen Loftus

Students take what they have learned in this unit and create a short scene. A performance rubric and unit reflection are included.

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Status

by Todd Espeland

This lesson introduces the first tool: status. Students will physically perform high and low status through status walks.

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Status Games

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson students further explore status and using status to communicate physically through a variety of games. Students are also introduced to the game “Do It Get It Done” which will be re-visited throughout the unit.

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Appetite

by Todd Espeland

This lesson introduces the second tool: appetite. An appetite is a primal need that drives a character in a scene.

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Swing

by Todd Espeland

be important later on when it comes to applying the Commedia Dell’arte style to characters and lazzi. This lesson introduces the third tool: swing. Swing is the idea that a comedic character can move between two emotions, or two needs,immediately.

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Intention/Invention

by Todd Espeland

This lesson introduces the fourth tool: intention/invention. Intention is what a character wants (it can also be called their need). Invention is the thing they need to invent to get their need.

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Mid-Unit Assignment

by Todd Espeland

The mid-unit assignment requires students to prepare, rehearse, and memorize a scene using the tools learned in Part One of the unit.

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History of Commedia

by Todd Espeland

This lesson presents the history of Commedia; where it came from and introduces the main characters. It comes with a viewing quiz and reflection.

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Commedia Characters

by Todd Espeland

This lesson focuses on the characters of Commedia including who they are, what they’re like and places that we can see them in modern society.

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Character Personality

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson students will start to physicalize Commedia characters by introducing the Character Zero concept, the Character Hop, and the poses of Arlecchino.

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Character Walks

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson, students will see a demonstration of two character walks and practice those walks.

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Character Walks: Part Two

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson, students will see a demonstration of three character walks and practice those walks.

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Lazzi

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson, students will be introduced to lazzi. Lazzi are solo comic beats to show off a character and their needs. Students will then create and perform a solo lazzi.

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Status and Swing in Character

by Todd Espeland

In this lesson, students apply previously learned comedy elements of status and swing to Commedia characters.

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Final Assignment

by Todd Espeland

There are two possible assignments for this unit. One that will take a week of class time, including performances and one that can be completed in a class period.

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Set the Stage for Commedia Dell'Arte

by Drama Teacher Academy

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the commedia dell’arte form and start their exploration of stock characters.

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Creating a Commedia Character

by Drama Teacher Academy

Students will work through a process to create a commedia character.

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Lazzi

by Drama Teacher Academy

Students will add to their commedia character by exploring Lazzi, practiced and predetermined comic bits.

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Culminating Activity

by Drama Teacher Academy

Students will take everything they’ve learned and put together a commedia troupe, create a commedia character complete with lazzi, and present a scene based on one of the three main commedia themes.

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Resources

The Comedy Cornerstones for Commedia

A guide to the four necessary comedic tools for playing Commedia dell’arte: status, appetite, swing, and intention/invention.

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What is Lazzi?

Lazzi is a comic bit or piece of comic shtick based on character. In this handout, students learn where to start with Lazzi, with examples of Commedia characters and how they perform Lazzi.

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High and Low Status

One of the ways that we can learn about status is by physically playing status in the body. Use these descriptions to physicalize high/low status with your students in the Status Walks Game.

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Commedia Stock Characters

Use this handy chart to review Commedia stock characters and their descriptions.

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Commedia Exercise: Opposite Day

This exercise helps to demonstrate the concept of status, and how the status of a character affects how they act and how they treat others.

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