Teacher Workshops

 

TEACHING COMMEDIA

Our founders, Didi & Ninian, were the first to run these workshops as part of The National Theatre’s Inset programme for teachers. The Commedia workshops were so popular that The National Theatre had to instantly double the number of workshops they had planned. 

The workshops offer teachers, at all levels,  an introduction to the essentials of all aspects of Commedia – improvisation, storytelling, character, the audience and mask work. Teachers will leave feeling they have an understanding of the oral tradition, and more importantly, that they can make it their own and teach it with confidence. 

We can bring this to you as a half day, full day, 2 day or week long workshop. 

"I took part in a series of Commedia workshops with Didi  some years ago at The Albany Theatre. It transformed the way I think about character and how to build confidence in young people. Consequently their outcomes improved exponentially. Dive in and know for yourself."

Willie Deighan

Head Teacher

Varndean School

"Didi is the foremost enabler of the Oral Tradition of Commedia dell‘Arte in the U.K. She guides rather than instructs, enabling practitioners to discover a familiarity with the world of Commedia, through masks, character, improvisation, energy and rhythm to find the roots of Commedia in the here and now.

I have used this rehearsal process with my own students with great success in giving a simple structure to their improvisations. Thus enabling them to find clarity in thought, action and emotion."

Stephen Jon

Teacher and Mask Maker

Director of Prosopon Theatre

"I have been teaching Commedia dell'Arte to students at George Green's School for 15 years, from year 7 to International Baccalaureate. All students have found the exaggerated movement and characters in Commedia an easy way to explore creativity, storytelling, devising and physical theatre. The comedic style means that every student, including SEN and those with English as a second language (120 different languages here) is able to flourish, improvise and find their voice regardless of their academic achievements."

Ms. J Williams 

Head of Performing Arts

George Green School

"Didi Hopkins is an expert in her art form, and delights sharing her love for Commedia with beginners to the more experienced alike. I would recommend her classes to any artist looking to stretch their imagination and get their creative juices flowing. There is nothing like a Commedia mask to unleash the potential within. You have created an addict and I just want to learn more." 

Imogen Palmer 

Actor and Improvisation Instructor

Graphic design by Jamie Ballantyne

Photography by Joe Browne

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