About the Course:

Commedia dell' Arte is the first form of professional theatre, originating in Italy, that was popular throughout Europe between the 16th and 18th centuries. Featuring masked stock characters representing fixed social types, commedia is improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios known as a lazzi. It is a highly physical, broad form of comedy, influencing subsequent forms of theatre such as bouffon, boulevard farce, and musical theatre.

In this course, students will build on their improv skills with a greater focus on storytelling through movement and collaborating as an ensemble. Through theatre games and exercises, they will develop their speech, enunciation and vocal projection, and begin to understand the basics of physical comedy. Divided into groups, they will be assigned stock characters and given a lazzi to prepare for performance at the end of the term. Students will also learn how to incorporate sets, props, and costumes into their piece, and will make their own character mask. Additionally, they will learn how to work with a director and how to develop collective creations. This is the perfect course for anyone looking to release their creative comedic energy.


Orpheus Musical Theatre
17 Fairmont Ave.
Ottawa, ON K1Y 1X4


Ages 14 - 18 years
Thursdays, April 14 - June 16, 6:00pm - 7:30pm


10 week semester

Regular: $180.00

Orpheus Members: $160.00
Discount will automatically apply after selecting Regular Fee

*PAY WHAT YOU WANT 1: $100.00

*PAY WHAT YOU WANT 2: $50.00

*Orpheus Schoolhouse courses are intentionally the lowest priced in town to ensure affordability and accessibility for all. Read Our Philosophy below. PAY WHAT YOU WANT options are intended for those who require the accommodation. If you can afford the full price, we ask that you be honest and leave the PWYW options for those in need. If the PWYW options are still out of reach for you, we have bursaries available. Please contact J.T. Morris at info@orpheus-theatre.ca or by phone at 613-729-4318 for more information on bursaries.

Course fees are non-refundable

About the Instructor:

J.T. Morris is an Actor, Director, Instructor, and Arts Administrator with performance credits across eastern and southern Ontario. Selected credits include: Dancing At Lughnasa 'Michael'; Nell Gwynn 'Edward Kynaston' (Prix Rideau Award Nomination - Outstanding Male Performance); Boeing, Boeing 'Robert Lambert' (Capital Critics Circle Award - Best Actor); Of Mice and Men 'George Milton' (EODL Award Best Actor, Adjudicator's Choice Award); Romeo & Juliet 'Benvolio'; Monty Python's Spamalot 'Prince Herbert, Not Dead Fred, Historian'. As an instructor, J.T. is a certified Trinity Guildhall Exam Instructor and his unique adaptations of adult training methods for children and youth has kept him in demand across Ottawa, Québec, and the GTA as both a guest instructor and faculty member of a number of institutions including, Ottawa School of Speech & Drama, Ottawa Theatre School, Selina's Studio, The Acting Company, Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences, Fiddleheads Theatre, Ashbury College, Ottawa Children's Theatre, Insight Theatre, and more. In 2004, J.T. was one of 10 actors selected to represent Canada at the International Drama Educator's Association Festival.

Our Philosophy:

Quality arts education should be available and accessible to all! Orpheus Schoolhouse courses are specifically designed to provide the opportunity of quality training by accredited and experienced instructors at lower cost rates. Bursaries are available to those who qualify. For information on bursaries, please contact J.T. Morris at info@orpheus-theatre.ca or by phone at 613-729-4318.

Orpheus welcomes individuals from equity seeking communities and intersecting identities, including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQIA+, Two-Spirit, and people with disabilities. Orpheus is committed to providing a space that is free of discrimination and harassment, and fostering a supportive and inclusive community. Please advise us of any accommodation required which will enable you to participate. 

Commedia dell' Arte

  • Thursday Apr 14 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Thursday Apr 21 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Thursday Apr 28 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Thursday May 05 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Thursday May 12 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Thursday May 19 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Thursday May 26 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Thursday June 02 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Thursday June 09 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Thursday June 16 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • 17 Fairmont Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1Y 1X4