where will this summer take you?

Join Ombelico Mask Academy this Summer for one month, as we travel to the sun-drenched land of coastal Calabria, where Magna Grecia once ruled supreme, where Odysseus roamed the shores, and where Pulcinella first cheated Death. 

Discover which Commedia character secretly resides within you... and how to bring that being to life for maximum joy and laughter. Get back to the roots of theatre as a wholly collaborative effort, where YOU are the actor, playwright and director all at once. Delve into the rich history and influence of Commedia through classes in Greek Tragedy, Stage Combat,traditional Italian puppetry, and of course, Italian culture.

And savor the best food you will ever eat in your life.

This program can be taken for credit through West Chester University. Anyone is welcome to apply. Space is limited. Click APPLY for more details and to get started! For up to the minute details, follow us on Facebook and Twitter

 

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Faculty

Renato Arcuri (Greek Tragedy, Cultural History) A native of Calabria, Italy and the founder and Director of Ombelico Mask Ensemble Italia, Renato is an actor, cinematographer, pedagogue and founder of OMBELICO MASK ENSEMBLE ITALIA. He creates site-specific spectacles with the National Archeological Museum in Florence, Italy. Renato earned an MFA in acting at the Accadamia D’Arte Drammatica in Catanzaro and an MFA in cinematography at NUCT at Cinecitta’ Studios. He describes his work as ‘post-post modern, ecclectic but perplexed’.

Renato Arcuri (Greek Tragedy, Cultural History)

A native of Calabria, Italy and the founder and Director of Ombelico Mask Ensemble Italia, Renato is an actor, cinematographer, pedagogue and founder of OMBELICO MASK ENSEMBLE ITALIA. He creates site-specific spectacles with the National Archeological Museum in Florence, Italy. Renato earned an MFA in acting at the Accadamia D’Arte Drammatica in Catanzaro and an MFA in cinematography at NUCT at Cinecitta’ Studios. He describes his work as ‘post-post modern, ecclectic but perplexed’.

Brendon Gawel (Improvisation, Mask Interpretation) Brendon is a performer, director, mask maker and teacher based in Philadelphia. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Ombelico Mask Ensemble. He studied at Antonio Fava's American International School for Commedia dell'Arte, and collaborated with Giovanni Fusetti and Sarah Foster to create Commedia with Windsor Mountain Traveling Theatre. Brendon earned a BFA in Acting from the University of the Arts. For six years he puppeteered "Chica" and others on the Sprout Television Network. 

Brendon Gawel (Improvisation, Mask Interpretation)

Brendon is a performer, director, mask maker and teacher based in Philadelphia. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Ombelico Mask Ensemble. He studied at Antonio Fava's American International School for Commedia dell'Arte, and collaborated with Giovanni Fusetti and Sarah Foster to create Commedia with Windsor Mountain Traveling Theatre. Brendon earned a BFA in Acting from the University of the Arts. For six years he puppeteered "Chica" and others on the Sprout Television Network. 

John Bellomo (Stage Combat, Physical Characterization) John is a Philadelphia based director/actor/movement specialist and is currently teaching theatre at West Chester University. John studied Commedia dell’Arte at Maestro Antonio Fava's International School for the Comic Actor.  As a Fight Director, John is a six-time Barrymore Award nominee and one time recipient. He has taught Stage Combat at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Teatro-in-Polvere in Milan, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, Temple University, and Officina Teatrale in Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy. He received an MFA in Directing from Temple University and a BFA in Acting from the University of the Arts.

John Bellomo (Stage Combat, Physical Characterization)

John is a Philadelphia based director/actor/movement specialist and is currently teaching theatre at West Chester University. John studied Commedia dell’Arte at Maestro Antonio Fava's International School for the Comic Actor.  As a Fight Director, John is a six-time Barrymore Award nominee and one time recipient. He has taught Stage Combat at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Teatro-in-Polvere in Milan, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, Temple University, and Officina Teatrale in Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy. He received an MFA in Directing from Temple University and a BFA in Acting from the University of the Arts.

 
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The Details

When: June 15th to July 12th, 2017

Where: Calabria, Italy

Tuition: $4,195 (non-credit) $5,295 (3 credits) ****Discounts Available! Inquire HERE

Included in Tuition: Housing in a villa near the Ionian Sea, breakfast and lunch provided every day, a three-day stay in Rome, and excursions to Ancient Greek, Roman and Medieval historical sites.

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