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    • Pietro Andolfati

    • Pietro Andolfati (Milan. c. 1750 - Padua, c. 1830) was an actor and troupe director, active mainly in Northern Italy, mainly of comedies. He is also known as Pietro Attore Andolfatti. He was born in a family of actors and actresses. His father, Bartolomeo Andolfati, was a Commedia dell'arte actor known for playing the ... Read »


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    • Francesco Andreini

    • Francesco Andreini (c. 1548 – 1624) was an Italian actor mainly of commedia dell'arte plays. He began his career playing the role of the unsophisticated love-stricken young man. Later he played the role of Capitan Spavento ("Captain Fright"), a Pickwickian character of excessive fatigue Andreini was born at Pisto ... Read »


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    • Giambattista Andreini

    • Giambattista Andreini (February 9, 1576 – June 7, 1654) was an Italian actor and playwright. Born in Florence to stage stars Isabella Andreini and Francesco Andreini, he had a great success as a comedian in Paris under the name of Leylio. He was a favourite with Louis XIII, and also with the public, especially as ... Read »


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    • Isabella Andreini

    • Isabella Andreini (Padua, 1562 – 10 June 1604), also known as Isabella Da Padova, was an Italian actress and writer. Isabella Andreini was beautiful, elegant and well educated. She was one of the most talented and famous performers of her time. Isabella Andreini was a member of the Compagnia dei Comici Gelosi, a ... Read »


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    • Vincenza Armani

    • Vincenza Armani (c. 1530 in Venice – 11 September 1569), was an Italian actress, singer, poet, musician, lace maker and sculptor. She was one of the most famous Italian actors of the period and known as the "divine Vincenza Armani". She and Barbara Flaminia were the two most famed actresses in Italy in the 1560s a ... Read »


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    • Silvia Balletti

    • Zanetta Rosa Benozzi Balletti (Toulouse, 27 June 1701 – 16 September 1758), known under her stage name Silvia Balletti, was an Italian actress. She was active at the Troupe de Regente of Luigi Riccoboni at the Comédie-Italienne in Paris 1716–1758. She was the star of the Italian theatre in Paris and regard ... Read »


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    • Niccolò Barbieri


    • Caterina Bianconelli

    • Caterina Bianconelli (1665–1716) was an Italian actress. She was a primadonna of the Italian theatre in Paris, famed for her role as the soubrette Colombina. She played a great part in the history of commedia dell'arte and became the first female Harlequin, dressed in a female version of the harlequin-costume and ... Read »


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    • Andrea Calcese

    • Andrea Calcese (1595–1656), also called Ciuccio, was an Italian comic actor of the Baroque era. He is best remembered as one of the fill the role of Pulcinella. He worked under Silvio Fiorillo in Naples. He began reciting verses at the theater at San Giorgio dei Genovesi, adding comic touches. In 1618, he began ta ... Read »


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    • Andrea Calmo

    • Andrea Calmo (1510 in Venice – 1571) was an Italian actor and author (dramatist) of Commedia dell'Arte, and one of the pioneers of this type of masked theater, as created for the 16th century Venetian audience. His six comedies are Las Spagnolas (1549), La Saltuzza (1551), La Fiorina (1552), La Pozione (1552), La ... Read »


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    • Canovaccio

    • A canovaccio is a scenario used by commedia dell'arte players. It consisted only of a list of acts and scenes; the details were left to the improvisation of the actors. Actors in the commedia dell'Arte thus had to be endowed with an inventive mind since the success of the play depended largely on their creativity and a ... Read »


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    • Giovanni Camillo Canzachi

    • Giovanni Camillo Canzachi was an Italian actor, mainly performing Commedia dell'Arte. He was born in Bologna and mainly active in the first half of the 18th century. he was renowned as the character wearing the mask of the Dottore. He was recruited to perform in Vienna for the court of Emperor Charles the VI. Fluent i ... Read »


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    • Cercle Funambulesque

    • The Cercle Funambulesque (1888-1898)—roughly translatable as "Friends of the Funambules"—was a Parisian theatrical society that produced pantomimes inspired by the Commedia dell'Arte, particularly by the exploits of its French Pierrot. It included among its approximately one hundred and fifty subscriber-membe ... Read »


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    • Clown Conservatory

    • The Clown Conservatory is a performing arts school in San Francisco, CA. The school began in 2000 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Jeff Raz founded and served as director of the Clown Conservatory from 2000 to 2010. From 2012-2015 Joe Dieffenbacher took over as Director assisted by Dan Griffi ... Read »


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    • Antonio Collalto (dramatist)

    • Antonio Collalto (1713 - 5 July 1778) was an Italian actor and writer, mainly of comedies in Commedia dell'arte style. Collalto was born in Florence. As a young man, he was a soldier, but he afterwards became an actor, often playing the masked role of Pantalone. He also wrote many plays for his theater including il Pa ... Read »


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    • Charles Deburau

    • Jean-Charles Deburau (1829–1873) was an important French mime, the son and successor of the legendary Jean-Gaspard Deburau, who was immortalized as Baptiste the Pierrot in Marcel Carné's film Children of Paradise (1945). After his father's death in 1846, Charles kept alive his pantomimic legacy, first in Paris, ... Read »


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    • Jean-Gaspard Deburau

    • Jean-Gaspard Deburau (born Jan KaÅ¡par Dvořák; July 31, 1796 – June 17, 1846), sometimes erroneously called Debureau, was a celebrated Bohemian-French mime. He performed from around 1819 to the year of his death at the Théâtre des Funambules, which was immortalized in Marcel Carné's poetic-real ... Read »


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    • Antonio Fava

    • Antonio Fava (born May 28, 1949) is an actor, comedian, author, director, musician, mask maker and Internationally renowned Maestro of Commedia dell'arte who lives in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Born in Scandale, a small village in the province of Crotone, Italy. He moved permanently to Reggio Emilia. Where he holds his ann ... Read »


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    • Tiberio Fiorilli

    • Tiberio Fiorilli, also spelled Fiorillo and Fiurelli (November 9, 1608 – December 7, 1694) was an Italian actor of commedia dell'arte known for developing the role of Scaramouche. He was especially popular in France, where he was the director of the troupe of the Comédie-Italienne, which shared with the troupe ... Read »


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    • Francesco Gabrielli

    • Francesco Gabrielli (1588–1636) was an Italian actor of the commedia dell'arte. He was particularly famous as a virtuoso musician, who was an accomplished player of a dozen musical instruments. He is sometimes credited with the creation of Scapino, a musical zanni (servant) role, which he may actually have taken f ... Read »


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    • Giovanni Gabrielli (actor)

    • Giovanni Gabrielli (died between 1603 and 1611) was an Italian actor of the commedia dell'arte, who performed under the name Sivello. Gabrielli was particularly famous for portraying several characters talking together in different languages. The 18th-century historian Francesco Saverio Quadrio relates that Gabrie ... Read »


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    • Zan Ganassa

    • Zan Ganassa [ˈdzaŋ É¡aˈnassa] (c. 1540 – c. 1584) was the stage name of an early actor-manager of Commedia dell'arte, whose company was one of the first to tour outside Italy. Ganassa's real name was probably Alberto Naseli (also spelled Naselli). He was known for playing zanni, comic servant roles, he ... Read »


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    • I Gelosi

    • I Gelosi (meaning «The Jealous ones») was an Italian acting that performed commedia dell'arte from 1569 to 1604. Their motto was Virtù, fama ed honor ne fèr gelosi, meaning "We are jealous of attaining virtue, fame, and honor". I Gelosi was formed in Milan, Italy by Flaminio Scala. Their first notable per ... Read »


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    • Gaetana Goldóni Andolfati


    • Carlo Goldoni

    • Carlo Goldoni

      Carlo Osvaldo Goldoni (Italian: [ˈkarlo oˈzvaldo É¡olˈdoːni]; 25 February 1707 – 6 February 1793) was an Italian playwright and librettist from the Republic of Venice. His works include some of Italy's most famous and best-loved plays. Audiences have admired the plays of Goldoni for their ingeniou ... Read »


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    • Carlo Gozzi

    • Carlo, Count Gozzi (Italian: [ˈkarlo ˈɡɔddzi]; 13 December 1720 – 4 April 1806) was an Italian playwright and defender of Commedia dell'Arte. Gozzi was born and died in Venice; he came from an family of minor Venetian aristocracy, the Tiepolos. At a young age, his parents were no longer able to sup ... Read »


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    • Grotesque dance

    • Grotesque dance (French: danse grotesque; Italian: ballo grottesco Italian: danza grottesca) is a category of theatrical dance that became more clearly differentiated in the 18th century and was incorporated into ballet, although it had its roots in earlier centuries. As opposed to the danse noble or "noble dance" perf ... Read »


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    • Harlequinade

    • Harlequinade is a British comic theatrical genre, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "that part of a pantomime in which the harlequin and clown play the principal parts". It developed in England between the 17th and mid-19th centuries. It was originally a slapstick adaptation or variant of the Commedia dell'ar ... Read »


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    • I Sebastiani

    • i Sebastiani

      i Sebastiani is a Commedia dell'Arte theatre troupe formed in 1990 by Jeff Hatalsky. To the present day, i Sebastiani has performed for thousands of fans across the United States and Canada. The company has travelled as far as Montreal to the north, Miami to the south, and Texas to the west, performing more than 100 di ... Read »


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    • Thomas Jevon

    • Thomas Jevon (1652–1688) was an English playwright, and one of the first English Harlequins. He began his career as a dancing master, but worked his way onto the stage, and played leading low-comedy parts in London between 1673 and 1688. His brother-in-law was the English playwright and poet laureate Thomas Shadwe ... Read »


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    • Lazzi

    • Lazzi (/ˈlɑːtsi/; from the Italian lazzo, a joke or witticism) are stock comedic routines that are traditionally associated with Commedia dell'arte. Performers, especially those playing the masked Arlecchino, had many of these "bits" in their repertoire, and would use improvisatory skills to weave them into th ... Read »


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    • Paul Legrand

    • Paul Legrand (1816–1898), born Charles-Dominique-Martin Legrand, was a highly regarded and influential French mime who turned the Pierrot of his predecessor, Jean-Gaspard Deburau, into the tearful, sentimental character that is most familiar to post-19th-century admirers of the figure. He was the first of the Pari ... Read »


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    • Carlo Maria Maggi

    • Carlo Maria Maggi (Milan, 1630 – Milan, 1699) was an Italian scholar, writer and poet. Despite being an Accademia della Crusca affiliate, he gained his fame as an author of "dialectal" works (poems and plays) in Milanese language, for which he is considered the father of Milanese literature. Maggi's work was a maj ... Read »


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    • Ophaboom Theatre Company

    • The Ophaboom Theatre Company, founded in 1991 by Geoff Beale and Howard Gayton, is an English physical theatre company specializing in creating and performing contemporary works in the Italian Commedia dell'Arte tradition. Drawing on Medieval theatre and the origins of Commedia, Ophaboom set out with the self-stated ai ... Read »


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    • Pagliacci

    • Pagliacci

      Pagliacci (Italian pronunciation: [paʎˈʎattʃi], meaning "Clowns") is an Italian opera in a prologue and two acts, with music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo. It is the only Leoncavallo opera that is still widely performed. Opera companies have frequently staged Pagliacci with Cavalleria rusticana by ... Read »


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    • Pedrolino

    • Pedrolino is a primo zanni, or comic servant, of the Commedia dell'Arte; the name is a hypocorism of Pedro (Peter), via the suffix -lino. The character made its first appearance in the last quarter of the 16th century, apparently as the invention of the actor with whom the role was to be long identified, Giovanni Pelle ... Read »


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    • Pierrot

    • Pierrot (French pronunciation: ​[pjɛʁo]) is a of pantomime and Commedia dell'Arte whose origins are in the late seventeenth-century Italian troupe of players performing in Paris and known as the Comédie-Italienne; the name is a hypocorism of Pierre (Peter), via the suffix . His character in contempora ... Read »


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    • Vittoria Piisimi

    • Vittoria Piisimi (fl. 1595), was an Italian actress, singer, dancer, theatre director and musician. She was one of the most famous Italian actors of the period and known as the "divine Vittoria Piisimi". She and Isabella Andreini were the two most famed actresses of the era and described as great rivals. Piisimi was t ... Read »


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    • Prima donna

    • In opera or commedia dell'arte, a prima donna ([ˈpriːma ˈdɔnna]; plural: prime donne; Italian for "first lady") is the leading female singer in the company, the person to whom the prime roles would be given. The prima donna was normally, but not necessarily, a soprano. The corresponding term for the male le ... Read »


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    • Antoine-François Riccoboni


    • Luigi Riccoboni

    • Luigi Riccoboni (1 April 1676 – 6 December 1753) was an Italian actor and writer on theatre, who was director of the Comédie-Italienne in Paris from 1716 to 1731. In France he was known as Louis Riccoboni and his stage name was Lélio. Born Luigi Andrea Riccoboni in Modena, he was the son of Antonio Ricc ... Read »


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    • Antonio Sacco

    • Antonio Sacco (1708–1788) was an Italian improvisational actor, renowned for his performance as the Commedia dell'arte stock character Truffaldino. Sacco's lasting influence was in requesting playwright Carlo Goldoni to lay a dramatic structure to his improvised routines, with the resulting plays Truffaldino's 32 ... Read »


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    • Maurice Sand

    • Maurice Sand

      Jean-François-Maurice-Arnauld, Baron Dudevant, better known as Maurice Sand (June 30, 1823 in Paris – September 4, 1889 in Nohant-Vic), was a French illustrator and writer. Maurice Sand also experimented in various other subjects, including painting, geology, and biology. He was the son of Baron Casimir Dudevan ... Read »


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    • Flaminio Scala

    • Flaminio Scala (27 September 1552 – 9 December 1624), commonly known by his stage name, Flavio, was a sixteenth-century Italian stage actor of Commedia dell'Arte, scenario writer, playwright, director, producer, manager, agent, and editor. Considered one of the most important figures in Renaissance theatre, Scala ... Read »


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    • Scenic design and sets in commedia dell'arte


    • Tabarin

    • Tabarin was the street name assumed by the most famous of the Parisian street charlatans, Anthoine Girard (c. 1584 – August 16, 1633), who amused his audiences in the Place Dauphine by farcical dialogue with his brother Philippe (as Mondor), with whom he reaped a golden harvest by the sale of quack medicines for s ... Read »


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    • Tutti Frutti (commedia dell'arte)


    • Adriano Valerini

    • Adriano Valerini (active circa 1560-died 1590s) was an Italian actor of Commedia dell'arte, active in Northern Italy. He was born in Verona, and could read Latin and Greek. He was the head of a company of actors. In Milan, he fell under the censorship of Charles Borromeo. He has published a tragic play l'Afrodite, nea ... Read »


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    • Marie Anne Véronèse


    • Giuseppe Weidmann

    • Giuseppe Weidmann (1742–1810) was an Austrian drama actor. He was born in Vienna to a poor family. He interrupted his studies to become an actor, and specialized in playing the grotesque stock characters, perhaps a Hanswurst for the theater in Brünn. After a spell in theaters in Vienna and Salzburg; in 1765, h ... Read »


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