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Part 1: The history of Commedia dell’arte
Part 2: A discussion on acting in Commedia dell’arte
Part 3: Commedia dell’ arte interactive experience (performance showcase)
Part 4: Q&A
Geoff Beale (Improvisation Performer)
A student of Commedia master Carlo Boso, Geoffrey Beale is the founder of the respected Commedia dell' Arte company, Ophaboom Theatre and a leading figure in his field. Since its foundation, the company has toured around Europe, North America and East Asia. Outside his company productions, Beale has individually performed in several films, such as blockbusters Sweeney Todd and 28 Weeks Later. Beale has served as guest lecturer at East 15 Drama School, Royal National Theatre, Guildford School of Acting, Brunel, Warwick and John Moore’s University and numerous schools across U.K. With his extensive experience in teaching and performance, Beale has also been invited to National Theatre Company of China, China children's Art Theatre, Beijing Film Academy as their comedy instructor, and helped produce the popular the children’s play My Primitive Family.
Shuang Zou (Theater and Film Director)
Zou is the current artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival and a board member ofInternational Theatre Institute. She studied film at the University College London and held a Master’s degree with distinction in filmmaking from the London Film School. Over the years she has served important roles in various theater and film productions in China, including: appointed director of the Chinese adaption of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit; translator and director of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, whose Chinese adaptation was performed at the National Theatre of China; appointed director for a reproduction of Schubert’s Der Flüchtling (The Fugitive), featuring renowned Chinesebass-baritone Shenyang, as well as the director of immersive opera Orfeo, premiered at the 2018 Beijing Music Festival; co-producer of the musical The Wonderful Adventures of Nils at the Wuhan People’s Art Theatre. Abroad, she has served as the executive director of Noye’s Fludde, a production sponsored by KT Wong Foundation at Grand Opera House, Belfast, and the multi-media visual director for the Frankfurt Opera’s production of Messiah in 2016. She has also worked as the first assistant director on Mystery a Cannes “Un Certain Regard” and Golden Horse Award recognized film.Her graduation film, Still, has been awarded Best Short Film at the Canadian International Film Festival.
The Creative Nation Ltd.
Since its foundation, The Creative Nation Ltd. has focused on discovering the most innovative, exhilarating live performing arts of our time. In collaboration with artists and performers from across the globe, The Creative Nation Ltd. promises to bring the best productions of classic and original theater to Chinese audience.