The size of truth in Shakespeare, Molière, and TV.
The Commedia Program is an intensive acting workshop that engages the physical life of each actor in the pursuit of expanding range of expression. The class will explore the influence of Commedia in Shakespeare, Molière and television. Mask work will lead to Molière’s heightened comic characters then onto the stock characters of TV and film.
"Everyone should study abroad, actors especially. How can we pretend to be people if we haven't been a person? Living and learning in a foreign country is so important in creating a well-rounded person and actor, especially with Commedia. What better place to learn about it but in Italy?"
— Sarah McShane, Commedia dell'Arte in
Florence, Summer 2016
Through practicing the art of Commedia dell’Arte, learn why Italy has long considered the actor to be at the center of dramatic creation. You will become a part of this Italian tradition stretching from the Middle Ages to the present-day work of Dario Fo and Roberto Benigni.
Delve into the mask work of commedia dell’ arte in order to liberate spontaneity, physical presence, and a sense of play. In recreating the crude as well as the subtle roots of commedia, you will work toward combining popular theatre with social commentary, stock characters with a sense of self, and the absurd with daily dramatic life.
The Professional Company
In residence each summer during the Commedia class is the Continuum Company, a group of NYU Graduate Acting alumni and other artists who come to Florence every summer to develop classical and new works. This professional company works with the Commedia actors during their time in Florence. The Continuum Company has had in residence some of America's most exciting artists, including playwrights Tarell McCraney, (Moonlight, The Brothers Size), and Danai Gurira (Eclipsed, Familiar), musicians Jon Batiste and The Stay Human Band (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), as well as the actors Sterling K. Brown (Black Panther, This Is Us, The People vs. O.J. Simpson), Nina Arianda, Broadway: (Venus In Fur –Tony Award winner), Andre Holland (Moonlight, The Knick, “42”, American Horror Story), Susan Watson (This Is Us), and Logan Marshal Green (“24’, The O.C. Prometheus) and Shane McRae, Broadway: Take Me Out ,(Sneaky Pete).
Curriculum and Performances
Student Arrival: Sunday, May 26, 2019
Student Departure: Saturday, July 6, 2019
Arrival and departure dates are subject to change.
- Tisch Drama Majors - Strongly encouraged to complete 4 semesters of Primary Studio Training before participating in this Advanced Studio option.
- NYU and Visiting students - One year of college or professional training.
The summer 2019 application will open in September 2018.
Application: Please read the following admissions information.
Application: Acceptance to the program is by audition/interview. Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.
- Undergraduate summer 2019 tuition: $11,608
- Registration and Services Fee: $972
- Program fee: $649*
- Lab Fee: $590*
Single on-campus villas w/ meal plan: $4,442*
Double on-campus villas w/meal plan: $3,656*
Triple on-campus villas w/meal plan: $3,340*
Quad on-campus villas w/meal plan: $3,229*
- Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to/from the program.
*Estimated rates from summer 2018.
Visit the NYU Office of the Bursar for additional information on tuition and fees.
Scholarship and Financial Aid
There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.
Please review the Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad page for more information.
Visit the NYU Florence website for housing options and descriptions.