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Giovanni (Sanjiva) Margio
 | Antonio (Giri) Mazzella

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Commedia Academy draws inspiration from the Italian mask comedy form known as Commedia Dell'Arte. Whether directing theatre performances, performing for your school, or creating giant carnival floats, their passion is to promote this hilarious Italian Art form in Australia and beyond.

Commedia Academy of Australia produces and performs work for Australian and International audiences. Founders Antonio (Giri) Mazzella and Giovanni (Sanjiva) Margio met in 1981 and began working together, drawing from their Italian roots. They studied and performed with the Masters of Mask in Asia and Europe, in particular Antonio Fava of Teatro del Vicolo, Italy.

Commedia Dell'Arte

Appearing in 16th century Italy and spreading throughout Europe, Commedia Dell'Arte marked a major turning point in the history of western theatre -- a transition from ritualistic and amateurish to an actual profession or art.

The new actor armed with acting know how was born-- creating a modern theatre tradition. Commedia Dell'Arte is an exciting discipline essential for those who intend to make the theatre their career. 

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