You may have noticed that we look a little familiar. Once upon a time we graced Austin's stages as the Austin Commedia Society. Since we went on hiatus, our Company Members have explored all sorts of other creative avenues, but Commedia is like a pizza pie – you can't help but come back for seconds. With an expanded game plan for fulfilling our mission, we're excited to bring the hibernating art form of Commedia dell'Arte back to the Austin artistic hootenanny.
La Fenice's original incarnation, the Austin Commedia Society, was founded in 1999. During our four year run, we produced 13 original scenarios, were featured in John Rudlin and Olly Crick's Commedia dell'Arte: A Handbook for Troupes, and hosted an international Commedia dell'Arte Festival in 2001 with participants from both American coasts, Italy and England.
After a brief haitus as company members pursued graduate degrees, started families and wandered the American countryside, we re-organized under our own 501(c)(3) in 2009. Since then, we have produced one original work annually, toured our performances to West Texas and area schools, organized another international festival in 2011 (with participants from Italy, Hungary, Australia, England and the USA), and established bi-monthly international dialogues on challenges faced by modern Commedia dell'Arte performers. Our members have been published in international publications on Commedia dell'Arte, and have taught innumerable workshops to youth and professional performers.
Our organization is managed exclusively by its members, and governed by a board of directors selected by the membership in a raucous annual meeting.
Our current leadership (October, 2016) is as follows:
President: Adam Rodriguez
Vice President: Aaron Johnson
Secretary: Genevieve Kinney
Treasurer: Kate Meehan
Artistic Director: Aaron Johnson
Managing Director: Kate Meehan
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Austin, TX, 78722