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*WCU Summer in Italy - Theater Production in Calabria, Italy
Calabria, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Language of Instruction: English
Area of Study: Theatre/Performance Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Available to Non-WCU Students:
Yes Faculty/Staff Director: John Bellomo
College: Visual & Performing Arts
Program Description:
Students will travel to Italy, to learn the 500 year old traditions of the Commedia dell’Arte along with traditional Italian puppetry, stage combat, and Ancient Greek theatre. They will work with international theatre artists in the creation of an original play based on a classical commedia dell’arte scenario written in 1600’s.  Beyond the study of this material, students will be learning and performing in the country where these techniques originated, living and creating theatre as the actors of the Italian Renaissance did 500 years ago, giving participants a truly immersive experience.
Copanello, Calabria, Italy.
Students will be staying at a communal living Italian Villa on the Ionian coast of Italy, with a mere 5 minute walk to the sea. Rooms can accommodate 1 or 2 students. Breakfast and Lunch will be included and students will have access to the kitchen to prepare dinner.
All classes will be taught in English, but students who wish to practice their Italian can do so with the native Italian speaking instructors. No prior knowledge of Italian is required for participation in this program.
Students can earn 3 credits by registering for THA 403 - Advanced Theatre Practicum through the Department Theatre and Dance at WCUPA. This course is a production seminar for advanced arts students that will culminate in a public performance. Under the mentorship of a faculty professional, the class will work as an ensemble that takes the production process form the determinants of a production's performance potential to its final public presentation.  Repeatable for Credit.
The main focus of this course will be the study of the history and practical applications of Commedia dell’Arte. Students will be expected to research the history of commedia dell’arte and journal their experiences in the practical application of the class exercises. At the end of the course, students will submit a 5-7 pager paper documenting the correlation between their historical research and their experience in performance.
Students will also be studying Stage Combat, Italian Puppetry, Greek Theatre, and Clown. Additional workshops may be offered in Mask Making, Puppet Making, Archery, Physical Conditioning, and Italian language.
2 day stay in an Agritourism in the Calabrian country.  Lodging and food are included in the overall fee.
Day trip to the Archeological Park of Scolacium. The park houses the 12th Century Byzantine Basilica of Santa Maria in Roccelletta, the ruins of an ancient Greek/Roman town (complete with an amphitheater, theatre and forum), as well as a small archaeological museum with its pottery, artwork and photos of Scolacium’s war-stained past.
Day trips to several neighboring town and villages are planned as well
In addition to the regular WCU tuition rates for the 3 credit hour course, all students will pay a program fee of $4,200 (paid directly to Ombellico Mask Academy) which covers all housing accommodations for the duration of the trip, breakfast and lunch at the Academy lodging, 2 day stay at agritourism (including meals), transportation to/ from train station, all workshops, performances, and excursions.

Not included in the program fees listed above are the round-trip airfare from the USA to Rome, Italy (approximately $1,300), train tickets from Rome to Lamezia Terme, Calabria (approximately $150), and personal expenses such as groceries, eating out, museum admission, gelato, etc.  (Lamezia Terme also has an airport if students would prefer to make a connecting flight).

For additional information, view the OMBELICO Mask Academy video.

John Bellomo, Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance

This program is currently not accepting applications.