Antonio (Giri) Mazzella

With a background in classical singing, Giri began a love affair with clowning, physical comedy and mask work that led him to train and perform with the masters of mask in Asia and in 1991 with Antonio Fava of Italy.

As a member of Australia's Clown Doctors he appears in hospitals as "Doctor Wot?-Head Of Amnesia" with WA's Clown Doctors, or alternatively, he may be found playing accordion and singing with the outrageous Italian cabaret band "The Black Nonnas.".

Whether for drama classrooms or festivals, Giri has shared his seriously playful approach to physical theatre-- running workshops and creating many solo, school and community performances Australia wide.

Recent projects include appearing  with Swerve Arts Collective's visually stunning "Garden Of Aussie Delights" for the International UNIMA Festival in Perth 2008 and creating music and choreography for the winning float at the 2009 Joondalup Festival Parade.

Recently he performed in France in the lead role in the award winning multi-media presentation of "The Arrival" for which he was nominated Best Actor by his WA theatre peers.

Giri also teaches, directs and facilitates groups for professional development workshops as well as performing solo as a storyteller and musician.

In 2010 Giri was invited to work and perform at the Nouveau Clown Institute in Barcelona, Spain and toured Australia with Commedia Academy enjoying rave reviews for their performances at the Australasian Commedia Festival in Brisbane.

Giri is currently running professional development workshops for the Clown Doctors Australia Wide.

Giri is based part-time at Coffs Harbour NSW.

In 2011 and 2012 Giri will be reprising the lead role in Shaun Tan's 

The Arrival with 

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