We, the Comedians and Tragedians of the Panini Players have
gathered to explore the human experience through Commedia
dell’Arte. Commedia dell’Arte began in Renaissance Italy as a
masked comedic form that represents human trials and comedies.
This form has gone through many variations and has been an
oft-forgotten and oft-misunderstood dramatic form.
We explore Commedia dell’Arte's history and its modern form, particularly inspired by the Italian maestro, Antonio Fava. We seek to perfect our own technique in order to both entertain audiences and improve ourselves. We seek to bring awareness of this great form of drama, which has inspired Chicago’s improvisational theatre scene, to the Northwestern community and beyond.
The Panini Players offer a touring company that will travel to anywhere in the Chicagoland area for a small fee to cover transportation costs. We offer a variety of programming including:
Contact the Panini Players at Panini@u.northwestern.edu with any questions and requests.