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If you are interested in a Commedia dell'Arte workshop, do not hesitate to contact me.


Spanish actor, BA/MA in Acting (Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático of Murcia) with a specialization in Commedia dell'Arte and Physical Comedy. He has also significant screen acting experience: 5 years ( 1.100 episodes) in the Spanish TV series 'El secreto de Puente Viejo'.


His Comedia dell'Arte teacher and mentor is Antonio Fava. He studied with him in Italy and later worked with him as an actor in his company. He worked as a teaching assistant during the 26th & 27th Stage Internazionale di Commedia dell'Arte in Reggio Emilia (Italy). From 2010 to 2014 he has taught Expressive Technique at Scuola Internazionale dell'Attore Comico of Antonio Fava. He  translated into Spanish the book: Les Masques Comiques d'Antonio Fava. ArscomicA, October 2010.


He's also trained in clown and improvisation by Antón Valén (Clown Cirque du Soleil), Vladimir Olshansky and Carles Castillo, and in physical theater with Gemma Galiana and Matej Matejka (Teatr Zar) , among others. He studied also with Norman Taylor, Claudia Contin, etc.

He has run several Commedia dell'Arte workshops in:


  • Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático de Murcia

  • Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático de Extremadura

  • Unión de Actores de la Región de Murcia

  • Universidad de Alicante (2012, 2014, 2015)

  • Escuela Municipal de Teatro de Cartagena

  • Etc.



  • Colletif AuQuai de Bruselas



  • Kreativhaus Berlin




Commedia dell'Arte began in Italy in the 16th century and with it professional theater. Actors use masks, physical types, and specific gestures to portray a variety of characters. It begins with a canovaccio, a series of specific events, the structure from which actors improvise the text using their character, a lazzo (comic idea or gag), songs, acrobatics, etc. Some well-known characters of this genre are: Arlecchino, Pulcinella, the old Pantalone, etc. Its influence is visible in the works of great authors such as Shakesperare, Moliere, Goldoni, Lope de Rueda, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina and Cervantes, among others.






Commedia dell'Arte as presented nowadays, is an exacting discipline where practical ability and know-how are essential for those who intend to make the Theatre their career. The work with masks, fix types, gestus, improvisation and rithm will help us to discover this genre. The lessons will have three parts: technique, improvisation and canovaccio. During the course the different characters from Commedia dell'Arte will be studied with their physical mask and particular behavior. Conflicts between characters will also be studied with funny improvisations. Improvisation will be used as method of study of Commedia dell'Arte. At the end groups will work a final canovaccio (short story) with all characters. We will work always trying to develop actor's listening, alert and complicity with the partner, working always from the pleasure of playing. As it is an introductory course no previous knowledge is necessary. The workshop is totally practical. It will be necessary to wear to comfortable clothes and a belt. All languages are welcome to the workshop, since it is one of the basic pillars of Commedia dell'Arte: multilingualism. 




The workshop  is divided into five main parts:  


  1. The art of Playfulness 

  2. Technique

  3. Improvisation

  4. Canovaccio

The art of Playfulness:  The aim to put the body on alert, open and in good predisposition for working and creating. Actors will also work on the relationship with audience, timing and rhythm, complicity, theatre as a game, etc.


Technique: Movements and gestures of the "fixed types" of Commedia dell'Arte.


Practice: Actors will work on the behavior of the characters, situations in which they find themselves. By doing so actors will enrich their repertoire of lazzi (gags).


Improvisation: This is one of the key points of Commedia dell'Arte. Improvisation has three objectives:

  • Training

  • Creation 

  • Complicity


Canovaccio:  The actors are given the opportunity to put into practice everything they've learned. They will work on a short story with all characters.



  • Anthropology of the Comic Body

  • What is Commedia dell'Arte

  • The use of the Mask and its meaning

  • Fixed Types and Characters

  • Function of the Characters

  • Technique and Gestures

  • I lazzi

  • Improvisation

  • Canovaccio







-COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE POÉTICA: Pastorale/Boschereccia




*The couses can be long term, intensive, weekend, etc.




-Ayuntamiento de Cartagena (16 de abril de 2012)



Commedia dell'Arte

Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático de Murcia (SPAIN)

Profesor de técnica: José Gabriel Campos
Profesor de técnica: José Gabriel Campos

XXX Stage Internazionale di Commedia dell'Arte (Italy)

Profesor de técnica: José Gabriel Campos
Profesor de técnica: José Gabriel Campos
Profesor de técnica: José Gabriel Campos
Profesor de técnica: José Gabriel Campos

XXIX Stage Internazionale di

Commedia dell'Arte (Italy)

XXVIII Stage Internazionale di

Commedia dell'Arte (Italy)

XXVII Stage Internazionale di

Commedia dell'Arte (Italy)

Escuela Municipal de Teatro

de Cartagena (Spain)

José Gabriel Campos, Anton Valen
Asistente de Antonio Fava: José Gabriel Campos
Asistente de Antonio Fava: José Gabriel Campos
Univeridad de Alicante, José Gabriel Campos

Universidad de Alicante

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