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Time FrameWhat kind of arts was it?Description
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1992 - Present
European DanceSince I joined the SCA, I have studied and taught SCA period European dance. In the Midrealm (until 2005):
-- Regularly taught dance classes
-- Ran occasional regional dance practices
-- Created the Cloved Orange Ball

After I moved to Atlantia:
--Continued teaching occasional dance classes locally and at Atlantia University.
--Can teach approximately 20-25 dances without having to relearn them. These include English Country Dances, 15th and 16th century Italian Dances, French, English Gresley, and an assortment of SCA Choreographies.
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Dance ClassBeginning Italian Dance - A variety of easy dances from 15th and 16th century Italian masters
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Dance ClassQueen Adelhait's Pavan and other SCA Choreographies - I choreographed a dance in honor of Queen Adelhait and in partnership with Master Johann von Solothurn. I teach this along with other dances choreographed by SCAdians in a period style.
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Dance ClassBuffens Sword Dance from Arbeau
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1992 - Present
Dance Music1998-2006 played actively 5-10 events per year with Musica Subterranea, including Pennsic.
2006-present played occasionally, especially to get other music ensembles launched on their own
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2000 - Present
Commedia dell' ArteStarted learning Commedia when I met I Sebastiani at Pennsic in 2000.
-- Taught first Intro to Commedia class at Pennsic 2001
-- Created my first troupe in 2002, I Scandali, in the Midrealm
-- Created a Pennsic-only troupe in 2002 called I Rosi Lioni which rehearsed and performed only for my household camp at Pennsic, "Camp Spartii" of House Red Winged Lion
-- Continued to teach, learn, and run these troupes while flying to Boston from my home in Indianapolis to learn from i Sebastiani as often as possible.
-- Moved to Atlantia in 2005 and continued to teach commedia occasionally at home and at Pennsic.
-- In 2010, I started my new local troupe, i Firenzi, which performs at events all over Atlantia. I also occasionally coordinate ad-hoc troupes of i Firenzi and Friends to perform at events like Twelfth Night.
-- Got an official job in 2012 as Co-Lead of the Pennsic University Performing Arts Department Commedia, Foolery, and Physical Theater track.
I created this track with my friend Niccolo Bartolazzi. We grew this program from nothing to being robust enough to fill the Amphitheater with shows, classes and rehearsals for 7 days, all day, through Pennsic.
-- In 2018, I am running the track solo while training a replacement.
-- Starting in 2013, I created a Pennsic-only troupe called the Commedia All Stars which rehearses and performs only at Pennsic.
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2002 - 2005Commedia dell' Arte - troupe managementI created a commedia dell' arte troupe, i Scandali, with members from central Indiana, Dayton OH, and Cincinati OH. I Scandali continued on for many years after I left. They still occasionally put on commedia shows for special occasions. They once served as the Baronial A&S Champions for the Barony of Flaming Gryphon.
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2000 - Present
Commedia dell' Arte - teachingI have developed the following 7 classes which I teach at Pennsic, Atlantia University, War of the Wings, and various smaller events:
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Commedia classIntro to Commedia - versions in 20 minutes to 2 hours
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Commedia classImprovisation Skills for Commedia Characters
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Commedia classHow to Perform Commedia Characters
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Commedia classHow to Run an Iron Commedia Session
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Commedia classRunning a Commedia Troupe
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Commedia classIron Commedia Sessions - Intro to Commedia with rehearsal and performance.
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Commedia classHow to Make Commedia Happen in your Local SCA Group
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Commedia classPeriod Commedia Performed for Modern Audiences
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New in 2019
Commedia classCommedia dell' Arte by Barry Grantham - what I learned at the 5 day workshop by Barry Grantham in Oxford, England.
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2011 to present
Commedia dell' Arte - troupe managementI created a commedia dell' arte troupe, i Firenzi, in the Barony of Windmasters Hill. We have performed 2 completely period plays with 12 actors each. We have performed countless plays in the style of period commedia dell' arte with custom written scenarios based on period scenarios. We average 6 major performances a year. Video recordings of our performances can all be seen at www.ifirenzi.com. That web page also contains a Starter Kit for anyone wanting to get started in performing commedia in the SCA.
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2013 to present
Commedia dell' Arte - troupe managementI created a commedia dell' arte troupe, Pennsic Commedia All Stars, at Pennsic.
--Pennsic-only, interkingdom troupe
--Rehearses daily for 6 days at Pennsic and performs 1 hour show
--Cast of 11-15, changes somewhat every year.
--Performed Pennsic 43, 44, 45, 46, 47
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Fall 2015 to Fall 2016
Commedia dell' Arte - authorI wrote Compleat Anachronist #173 with co-authors Drea Leed, Robert Drake, Dina Ternullo, and Scott Dean. It was titled "Bringing Commedia dell' Arte To Life" and covered how modern day volunteers can create historically accurate plays in the style of 16th century commedia dell' arte.
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1992 - Present
Performing Arts in GeneralI particularly studied how Performing Arts works in the SCA while serving as Protégé to Master Henry Best from 1998 - 2004. During that time, he created the Coxcomb Academy at Pennsic with my assistance. I learned a great deal from him about how SCA events are run and how Performing Arts can fit in. I also learned a great deal about working as a professional performer as he learned how to create a new career for himself as a professional magician. I dissolved that formal relationship on April 17, 2004. I continued to study performing on my own and find other teachers.
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Performing Arts in General - teachingI have developed the following classes which I teach at Pennsic, Atlantia University, War of the Wings, and various smaller events.
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General PA ClassImprovisation Skills for SCA Life
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General PA ClassResponsible Performing in the SCA
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General PA ClassHow to Create and Run a Kingdom Sized Performing Arts Program
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General PA ClassOrganizing Performing Arts in the SCA
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General PA ClassFinding Research Materials for Performing Arts in the SCA
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General PA ClassBardic Circles 101; aka "Running and Participating in Bardic Circles."
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General PA ClassPerforming Arts Best Practices
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General PA ClassPerforming Arts Feedback
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General PA ClassTaking the Teeth Out of Stagefright - A Class developed by my sister Mistress Lucia Braganza a Firenze
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General PA ClassPerforming Arts Roundatbles - I often lead roundtable discussions for performers to share their thoughts and get support from experienced performers.
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Fall 2019Performance PieceShakespeare for Signy: A program of sprinkling a little more Shakespeare into the lives of Atlantians. Her Majesty Signy approved a program of performing a speech or small scene from Shakespeare in the 10 minutes before Royal Court at some Royal Progress Events. I organized and performed in this program. On November 9, 2019, I performed the "I Am An Ass" speech by Dogberry from the play Much Ado About Nothing.
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Performance PieceI played cello and directed the dance band for the Masked Ball at Buckston Birthday event, Noveber 9, 2019
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Dance Class - Italian 15th CenturyI taught Contrapasso in Due in three styles: The steps directly from the reconstruction, the steps altered a little to fit the modern song "As The World Falls Down" by David Bowie per Autorat's request, and a very simple version of improvisation using the original steps.
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January 2020Performance PieceShakespeare for Signy: A program of sprinkling a little more Shakespeare into the lives of Atlantians. Her Majesty Signy approved a program of performing a speech or small scene from Shakespeare in the 10 minutes before Royal Court at some Royal Progress Events. I organized and performed in this program. At Atlantia Twelfth Night, January 18, 2020, I organized a troupe of 8 actors to perform Shakespeare monologues and dialogues within a frame story of an English troupe coming to Germany to share this new author's work, William Shakespeare, who's all the rage back in London. I created the improvisation scenario for the frame story, the research with handout for the audience, and I performed two pieces. I performed Henry IV's "Once more unto the breach" and a scene from Othello - I played Desdemona and Owyn played Othello.
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May - Oct 2020
ClassHow to Move Your Performing Arts Activities to Online
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ClassThe difference between Google Hangouts and Zoom
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How to use Google Resources To Mimic A Website For Your SCA Hobby, 15 JUNE 20, https://youtu.be/DhIEDywRu88
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ClassCommedia dell' Arte for the Audience, 11 MAY 20, Sophie, https://youtu.be/esEYXy-RjxI
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Conflict Resolution for People (Not Heraldry), 11 MAY 20, Sophie, https://youtu.be/gQ_K9cxc1tQ
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Making Commedia dell' Arte Happen in the SCA, 1 JUN 20, Sophie, https://youtu.be/0W6a6ezR7Ag
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Taking the Teeth out of Stagefright, 8 JUN 20, Sophie and Lucia, https://youtu.be/bqeLd7MucN4
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My sister's class "How To Create A Class From What You Already Know" was a class I was deeply involved in co-creating with her, she taught at Atlantia University on September 12 and at Royal University of the Midrealm on September 21. Here's the link to the Midrealm class recording: https://youtu.be/acG2GQtWbKo
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ClassHow to use Zoom for Beginners
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ClassHow to use Google Meet for Beginners
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ClassHow to create an online collegium or other shindig
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ClassConsultations for moving your activities to online
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Performance PieceCommedia play "Keep Your Distance" written and directed by Alfarinn & produced by me and Manus
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Performance PieceCommedia video "The People of Ravenna" written by me and Celia le Fleur for the Commedia All Stars Troupe - I managed the video editing
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