Hiya! I went on a study abroad over the summer – wow. Came back with a decent piece of my heart missing and new tastes for good food. Italy was a dream.
We studied a form of theatre called commedia dell’arte, which roughly translates to “comedy of art”. My brilliant professors combined Shakespearian comedy with commedia traditions and Michael Chekhov acting techniques. We put together a performance over the course of an entire month while traveling around the country and visiting various museums and towns.
I couldn’t have asked for a more immersive learning experience. When you’re surrounded by an entirely different language – one that you’re not fluent in…yet – you focus less on the words and more on what the person speaking is expressing with their bodies. The Italians are known to talk with their hands a lot and, in the best way, they are some dramatic people! There was so much to take away from watching them.
I’m just going to include pictures because MAN. It was swell. I’m planning on getting back over there as soon as I can – enjoy!
My theatre department is the only reason I was able to finally live out a part of my dream and travel to Europe. I am absolutely forever grateful to this place for teaching me and gosh…for financially having my back!
To the next adventure.