Commedia School.

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The Teaching Staff

Ole Brekke point at Harlekino mask

Ole Brekke, founder, director and teacher:
Educated Dell ‘Arte School 1976, Ecole Jacques Lecoq 1978. Founder and director of The Commedia School in Copenhagen since 1983. Educated in Shakespeare texts with Cecily Berry, John Barton and others, movement with Axis Syllabus and others.  Along with directing The Commedia School, Ole has conducted workshops in many countries on all continents often focusing in disaster areas with victims of natural disasters and refugees from war.

Ruth Lerche, co-director and teacher
Educated from Ecole International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq (1996) in Paris. Dramateacher at The Commedia School since 2002. She has worked as freelance comedienne, performer and drama teacher for a plethora of theatre groups and institutions in Denmark and abroad (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Japan, Egypt etc.). Ruth has for several years explored site-specific theatre for and with children.

Troels Hagen Findsen, teacher:                                        Danish actor, performer/creator, writer, director and musician. He is Co- Artistic Director of the award-winning, Copenhagen based Out of Balanz. Troels is a graduate of The Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris and has trained with members of The SITI Company and Complicité. He has served on the artistic board of Forsøgsstationen and as a part of the faculty of The Academy of Modern Circus (AMOC) and The Academy of Untamed Creativity (AFUK). He has taught workshops extensively in both Denmark and abroad at venues including: The Barbican in London, The Theatre Center in Toronto, and The Masca Festival in Bucharest. In 2012 Troels received a research and work grant for his research in autofictive storytelling and performance from The Danish Art Foundation’s Statens Kunstfonds Film- og Scenekunstudvalg.

Janusz F. Komodowski, teacher:                                                                                                               

First active theatre collaboration -1982. Stage debut on professional stage -1984. Educated from College of Culture Animation, Opole -1986 (place of Jerzy Grotowski´s start-up) and Teatr Stu, Krakow 1987-1989. The Commedia School -1992. Feldenkrais Method Teacher – Paris Training 2006. Freelance performer and physical theatre Animator. Regardless of the circumstances, enjoys entering through the back door with passion. Teacher of The Commedia School since 1996.

Søren Møller, teacher:
Educated from The Commedia School in 1984. Søren has worked for an array of theatre groups, from The Royal Theater to small children-theater groups and the two oldest street-theater groups in DK, Dansk Rakkerpak and HMF Brændende Kærlighed. Sørens work as an actor has taken him to Burkina Faso, New York, Tehran, Iran and Turkey as well as most of Europe.

Bruno Rigobello, guest teacher

Brazilian performer educated at the Commedia School from 2012 to 2015, including a full pedagogy year of study. His background also includes a drama education on the Stanislavski method at the Teatro Escola Macunaíma in São Paulo, Brazil. From 2011 he has been involved with the Suzuki training method in Brazil with Fabiano Lodi and the Contact Improvisation group in Copenhagen (CI-CPH). In Brazil, has been directing and teaching in collaboration with the Cia. Do Funil, an independent theater group in São Paulo. Since 2016 he is member of MishMash International Theater Company, based in Copenhagen, which has toured all over the world with its repertoire.

Petra Föhrenbach, maskmaker and makeup guest teacher:
Make up artist, mask maker, M.A. in theatre and cultural studies. Teaches at the Copenhagen University, at the Art Academy Weissensee in Berlin and various theatre schools.
Special fields of interest: specific communication structures of masks and physical theatre, strategies of democratization in comedy and popular culture, physical theatre and social change, culture history and body language of the Commedia dell´ Arte.

Finbarr Ryan, maskmaker guest teacher:
Irish, Mask-maker: Studied Mask-making with Donato Sartori at the Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuali (Padua). As a mask-maker, Finbarr has designed masks for theatre productions, theater Schools and mask teachers throughout Europe and Scandinavia. His main passion is mask research, and its place in contemporary theater.

Karl Fagerlund Brekke, dance and choreograph guest teacher:                                                                    Karl’s main focus is dance and physical theatre. He trained at London Studio Centre and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary dance. Since graduating Karl has worked in dance, theatre, opera and commercials with, among others: Arthur Pita, Sally Marie, Russel Maliphant, Simon McBurney, Lucy McCormick.

Faith Prendergast, dance and choreograph guest teacher:
Choreographer – Faith grew up in Colorado where she started dancing at a local dance school until the age of 16. She then moved to San Francisco where she gained an interest in contemporary dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan at the SF Conservatory of Dance. Faith continued her training in England where she studied at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance . Since graduating she’s had the privilege of working with artists including Sarah Shorten, Eleesha Drennan, Arthur Pita, Sally Marie, Leila McMillan, Vivian Wood, Joseph Mercier and The Royal Court Theatre (“The Internet is Serious Business”).

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