Commedia School.

Danish / English

Short modules 2022-2023

The following styles that are integral in the curriculum of The Commedia School are now available as short individual courses for those who do not have the time to take the complete two-year course of study. Here is a description of each course and the dates available.



The Play, Spontaneity and Masks

3 month intensive: 5th September – 2th December 2022

The module will includes the basic developmental classes upon which all the succeeding studies are based: Awareness through movement, the play, mime, the importance of mask play in the development of the actor, mask making, and acrobatics. This module ends with a mask performance resulting from the study of many different masks each with their specific importance to the actor.
Masks teach the student awareness and control of the movement and gesture. The masks demand that the student becomes aware of the essential gestures as well as aware of those not essential and thus distracting. The mask enlarges the performer to a higher level of projection and playing. The module includes an intensive one-week mask making workshop with master mask makers gives the students experience designing and constructing their own mask.
This is an exciting and intense three-month study that will profoundly develop those wanting to work in theatre and expand the skills of those already involved in theatre.
The modul end with two mask performances.
School hours will be from Monday till Friday from 9 -16. Beside this there will be weekly group assignments and individual homework.


3 months intense workshop with Melo-drama, Tragedy, Shakespeare ending with Buffoon

19. September to 19. December 2022

Melodrama: Melodrama has a bad name in theatre circles even though it is tremendously popular in film and TV the world over. Melodrama emerged in the mid 19th century as an art form addressing the social and economic circumstances of the time. The similar circumstances we face today make melodrama a very relevant theatre form. During this study the students discover what makes this style alive on stage and relevant to the lives of today’s public. They also develop the movement skills unique to melodrama and vital to making the style come alive. The study of melodrama explores that dramatic territory that lies between farce and tragedy touching both at opposite extremes – the comic and the tragic. Working as an ensemble, the students discover how they can move the public’s emotions between these extremes by studying those demands particular to the melodramatic space.

Tragedy: Important aspects of tragedy are the chorus and the tragic space. During the study of tragedy, the students develop a fundamental understanding of the chorus. They can then transpose that phenomenon to the other styles, enriching their broader work. The tragic space, being very particular and a dominant aspect of this style, gives the students an immediate sense of the spatial demands of a particular style. These particular demands are discovered in movement, voice and text.

Buffoon:  The Buffoon is the more intelligent cousin of the clown. The difference between the buffoon and the clown, is that the clown is alone while the buffoon is part of a gang. Another key difference is that  we make fun of the clown, while the buffoon makes fun of us. Many aspects of the buffoon relate directly to other styles. The tragic space, the fantastic level of play, the foolish logic, and the direct contact with the public are part of the buffoon’s playbook. This study reveals to the students how different styles can be used in the same piece. Students discover how to confront the public about sensitive current social issues in a manner that is effective and yet not destructive. The theatrical study of the buffoon is a study of human folly touching both the tragic and comic extremes. During this study, the students discover another aspect of the stock character, the grotesque aspect.

Includes a 5-day workshop (22-26. Oct) with Royhart theatre voice coach Ulrik Barfod.

Time: 19. September till 19. December 2022

Price: 30.000 DKK (4.000 Euro). If you have taken more modules, there will be a reduction.

Clown and Storytelling

3 month intensive: February – May 2023


The students will discover the fundamental nature of theatre, telling stories whether literary and verbal or gestural and non-verbal. By telling stories, the students learn to connect in a profound way with the public and develop the sensitivity necessary to hold the audience attention and take them on a journey through the story. Everyone loves a charming story, and in this section of study the students discover their own unique charm while creating their own stories. This style of telling stories draws on the student’s creativity physically building images using movement, pantomime, acrobatics, and voice working individually and in groups. Many theatre groups have launched their careers in this style.

The Clown – the art of failing

As the students encounter the phenomena of the clown, they develop a freedom of play while discovering their comic character, their unique way of making people laugh. Working with the solitude of the clown provides them a sense of being centered in themselves on stage and in touch with their immediate circumstances. They develop the ability to play with the surprises that invariably occur during performances. Working with the naiveté of the clown exposes each student to the basic human condition and their own vulnerability. They discover that their personal vulnerability is what makes them interesting on stage.
During this study, the students will have several opportunities to perform their clown numbers and shows with diverse audiences in Denmark and abroad.
This is an exciting and intense three-month study that will profoundly develop those wanting to work in theatre and expand the skills of those already involved in theatre.
School hours will be from Monday till Friday from 9 -16. Beside this there will be weekly group assignments and individual homework.



Expressive masks Old couple dancing

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