Teaching

Since October 2014 Chiara has been working on a practice-based research project on “The legacy of Commedia in Post-dramatic Theatre” after being granted a PhD Scholarship by The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University London.

As a freelance teacher Chiara runs regular workshops on COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE and DEVISING with Panta Rei Theatre. The two major areas of research explored are: Commedia dell’Arte Legacy and Contemporaneity and The Surreal, the Absurd and the Grotesque in Contemporary Performance.  

Chiara experiments with different approaches and techniques; her aim is to play with a wide range of devising tools to create immersive theatre in unconventional (non theatrical) spaces.

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DEVISING

This workshop is open to anyone interested in expanding their body awareness, stamina and sensitivity. The participants will apply some of the devising techniques utilised by Panta Rei Theatre in rehearsal to create original physical scores starting from text, sounds, music, objects and visual stimuli.

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COMMEDIA dell’ARTE

This workshop is an introduction to Commedia dell’Arte to discover and expand skills that are fundamental in any performance setting: body and space awareness, physical stamina, economy of gesture and a clear understanding of rhythm, tempo and comic timing. Rather than acquiring the techniques to act in a traditional commedia scenario or in a specific style, this workshop offers the opportunity to discover and expand essential skills to create successful ensemble work.

TESTIMONIALS

DEVISING and COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE WORKSHOPS

Loved the approach and how we learnt new things each day…loved your teaching: you made me feel so comfortable and confident in myself. I had so much fun experimenting and devising with your help! I would love to work with you in the future again! – Jaz, E15 Acting and Community Theatre Course

I have thoroughly enjoyed every part of this course. I really felt a great connection to commedia and I feel that is down to Chiara’s boundless energy. …a truly special teacher with an intoxicating, addictive and infectious passion for her craft. – Liam, E15 Acting and Community Theatre Course

Your energy, commitment and style of teaching is fantastic and inspiring. Your patience and precision with both teaching and directing made the whole process very educational and enjoyable. – Bruce, E15 Acting and Community Theatre Course

Chiara is a lovely, engaging and supportive teacher: I’ve learnt so much about character physicality, improvisation and playing with fellow actors on stage…Chiara was very clear with her instructions and feedback; she would always give the chance to discuss and reflect on our own word so we took learning in our own hands…overall great teacher! – Sam, E15 Acting BA

Chiara was exceptional as a teacher…I don’t feel that Commedia is my style of theatre but Chiara taught it in a way that I enjoyed it, learnt about my body and I feel that I can 100% apply techniques that I learnt from commedia in my own future work. –  Alex, E15 Acting and Community Theatre Course.

Brilliant tutor who created a lovely encouraging atmosphere that inspires you to work and create fun and exciting theatre, whilst learning extremely useful skills. – Bradley, E15 Acting and Community Theatre Course.

Chiara in an excellent, energetic and incredibly knowledgeable tutor. – James, London Metropolitan University open workshop.

Chiara always took the time to work on a very personal level with students…Chiara has a unique style that is the result of her passion for the arts, theatre and acting. – Andrew, Rose Bruford College.

Chiara offers original, intelligent, and inspiring ideas for performance that are both challenging and stimulating for an actor. Under her guidance creativity flourishes and ideas spark. – Anna, Rose Bruford College.

I found working with Chiara to be very inspiring, educational and entertaining. – Sandra, London Metropolitan Student, BA Performing Arts.

I was immediately struck by Chiara’s energy and passion for performance – her dynamism, her fantastic devising skills, and her ability to work with students. – Sam, London Metropolitan Student, BA Performing Arts.

It sounded a bit like the essence of human nature…everything was great. – Beatriz, London Metropolitan Student, BA Performing Arts.

The workshops not only fulfilled but exceeded my expectations. – James, BA Performing Arts, London Metropolitan University.

I found Chiara’s workshops engaging and challenging, the way they were planned meant that we were able to explore freely but always in a safe environment. – Jenny, London Metropolitan Student, BA Performing Arts.

MOVEMENT COACH

It was a pleasure to be there. I was so grateful for find you. I loved the energy and the friendly atmosphere that you created.

I have discovered many things about myself. It was the first of this kind of workshops and I didn’t know what to expect. It has been a fantastic experience! I’d love to attend more of these types of events. I was surprise to be able to fully join in: Thank you so much!

I loved the day. I love your energy, your passion and your enthusiasm.

Thank you so much for a wonderful day. Very, very interesting. It was extremely powerful!

Exceed expectation…lovely, gentle, day: I loved the trust work and the playfulness.You’ re amazing!

For more information and booking please use this form.
Chiara is associate artist of the Quick and the Dead, an international group of artists and researchers engaged since 2005 in a practice-based research project on New Methodologies of Actor Training led by Alison Hodge. Known as the ‘Core Training’ the outcome of this research was published by Routledge in a DVD-pamphlet: ‘Core Training For the Relational Actor’ (2013) and documented by Peter Hulton as part of the Exeter Arts Archives. The work has been presented in workshops and conferences around the world: RADA, Young Vic theatre, The Academy of Theatre Practices, Gardzienice, Poland; International Federation of Theatre Research, Helsinki; University of Aristotle, Thessaloniki, Greece; The Theatre Planning Network, Japan and Tainaner Ensemble, Taiwan.

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PUBLICATIONS, SYMPOSIUMS, LECTURE-DEMONSTRATIONS & CONFERENCES 

2016 Crisis Art Festival, Arezzo, Italy.
Series of devising workshops inspired by the production A Floating Caravan Under the Moon..
PhD research project on The Legacy of Commedia dell’Arte in Post-dramatic Theatre.

2016 Rose Bruford College, Sidcup.
Series of practical workshops on Commedia dell’Arte and the Italian theatre: Goldoni, Fo, De Filippo and Pirandello.
PhD research project on The Legacy of Commedia dell’Arte in Post-dramatic Theatre.

2016  E15 Acting School, Southend-on-Sea.
Commedia dell’Shakespeare. Series of practical workshops on the use of commedia with classic texts.
PhD research project on the Legacy of Commedia dell’Arte: Commedia dell’Arte and Shakespeare.

2016 Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury.
Commedia and Moliere. Series of practical workshops on the use of commedia masks with classic texts.
PhD research project on the Legacy of Commedia dell’Arte: Commedia dell’Arte and Moliere.

2016 RADA, London.
Commedia dell’Arte Masterclass: Commedia Masks in Contemporary Performance.
PhD research project on The Legacy of Commedia dell’Arte in Post-dramatic Theatre.

2016 Dulwich College, London.
Commedia dell’Arte Lecture-Demonstration and Masterclass.

2016 New Beginnings Symposium, Nottingham
Contemporary Commedia Workshop.
PhD research project on The Legacy of Commedia dell’Arte in Post-dramatic Theatre.

2015 At Boiling Point Festival, London Metropolitan University, London
Devising workshops and showing of the first version of A Floating Caravan Under the Moon (work-in-progress).
PhD research project on the Legacy of Commedia dell’Arte in Post-dramatic Theatre.

2015 Rose Bruford College, Sidcup.
Dario Fo Masterclass: Commedia and the Contemporary Jester. PhD research project on the Legacy of Commedia dell’Arte in Post-dramatic Theatre.

2015 Portsmouth University, Portsmouth.
Commedia Dell’Arte Masterclass and Lecture-demonstration on Commedia Dell’Arte and devising. PhD research project on The Legacy of Commedia dell’Arte in Post-dramatic Theatre.

2013 DVD/ Pamphlet, Routledge Publication. The Quick and the Dead
Core Training for the Relational Actor

2010/ 2012. Royal Holloway University/Exeter University. The Quick and the Dead
Series of practical workshops and workshop/demonstrations. Exeter Art Archives.

2011. The Facility. Research Centre for Creative Practice. Elastic Theatre.
Launch of Baroque Box interdisciplinary project on history of medicine and theatre. Elastic Theatre in collaboration with London Metropolitan, Greenwich Festivals & GDIF 2011.Supported by the Wellcome Trust.

2011. NOA Opera Festival Vilnius, Lithuania. Elastic Theatre
Lecture-demonstration & workshop on collaborative music-theatre for students and professional performers.

2010. The Facility. Research Centre for Creative Practice. Elastic Theatre.
Baroccata installation-performance. Elastic Theatre interdisciplinary project on medicine, dance, theatre and experimental opera.

2010.University of Westminster. International Conference.
The Role of Theatre in Contemporary Society.
Contemporaneity in Carnival and Commedia’ by S. Knapper and C. D’Anna.

2010. Rose Bruford College, Symposium. Panta Rei Theatre.
The Don Quixote’s World interdisciplinary project on Theatre and Mental Illness in collaboration with Rose Bruford College, Dr Zerrin Atakan from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College and Dr Nick Troop from the Performance Psychology Lab, University of Hertfordshire.

2009. Royal Holloway University. The Quick and the Dead
Core Training lecture-demonstration for the launch of the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research.

2007. Exeter Arts Archive. The Quick and the Dead
The Development of Core Training and Performance. DVD-ROM,
First publication on the practice-based research project known as ‘Core Training’.

2007. Gardzienice Centre of Theatre Practice, Lublin, Poland. The Quick and the Dead
A week long practice-based research project on Actor Training in collaboration with Gardzienice Theatre.

2006. Helsinki University, Finland. International Federation for Theatre Research.
Presentation of the practice-based research project on Core Training.

2005/2006. Exeter University, Exeter. Symposium.
The Changing Body Symposium: the Body- Mind in Contemporary Training and Performance.
Workshops & lecture-demonstrations on the research project Towards New Methodologies of Actor Training.

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