Professional Development

Learn the secrets of the stage with Corinna…

Professional development with Corinna Di Niro, Stage Secrets

Looking for a PD intensive that has you up and moving, interacting with others, and being creative?

Want to gain confidence in teaching the physical aspects of a range of theatre genres and techniques?

Then look no further – at Stage Secrets, we have you covered! All materials are provided and teachers leave with more than enough knowledge for a full unit of study – plus more.

PDs run on weekends and in school holidays and range from 3 hours to 2 full days of training.

We offer 3 hour introductory PDs in:

  • Commedia dell’Arte: characters, postures, walks, lazzi
  • Clowning: Bouffon – grotesque satire
  • Shakespeare: the man and his works
  • Masks: Basel, Larval, Neutral
  • Slapstick and Stage-fighting
  • Poetry-Slam
Investment:

Minimum 12 participants.

3 hour PD Session – Cost per person

$99 AUD


Want something more intensive?
Take a 2-day, all-inclusive PD session, led by Corinna Di Niro.

PD covers comprehensive training in Commedia dell’Arte that incorporates the study of comic acting, mask, slapstick, stage fighting, character development, movement and more. Through a practical and hands on approach, you will develop skills in devising theatre and physical theatre as you explore characterisation, body and voice in dynamic ways.

Investment:

Minimum 12 participants.

2 Day PD Session – Cost per person

$250 AUD


Need a refresher or want to advance your skills?

If you’ve already attended one of our 2 day intensives, don’t despair. 2-day Commedia and Comic Acting (lv2) PDs are also available.

This PD covers: canovaccio construction, in-depth stage-fighting choreography, Opera Regia – the tragedy of the Kings and Queens, bloodbath techniques, pastorale, and so much more!

Investment:

Minimum 12 participants.

2 Day PD Session – Cost per person

$250 AUD


All Professional Development includes teaching notes and certificates of attendance.

Please bring your lunch/water and please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

BOOK NOW! LIMITED PLACES!

Professional development with Corinna Di Niro, Stage Secrets
Professional development with Corinna Di Niro, Stage Secrets
Corinna Di Niro, actor, wearing Commedia dell’Arte mask

"Someone said that wisdom = knowledge + practice. This is exactly what you get when you let yourself experience one of Corinna’s workshops.”

Daniela, Lecturer of Music, SA
Corinna Di Niro, actor, wearing Commedia dell’Arte mask

“Corinna’s approach to Commedia is very refreshing. Clearly she is well-researched.” 

Ann, Teacher, Sweden
Corinna Di Niro, Adelaide, South Australia, PHD researcher, trainer, actor, director

"The series of workshops were great in developing the characters of Commedia. The students gained real insight into the history, purpose and distinctive style of the performance form and their characters. Corinna's style was relaxed but focused.

She was easily accepted by the girls who gained so much. The physical skills in character, combat, lazzi and ensemble were taught in a really accessible way. Thank you again.”

Sue Curtis, Co-ordinator - Teaching Staff, Walford Girls
Corinna Di Niro, Adelaide, South Australia, PHD researcher, trainer, actor, director

"The masterclass was tailored to our specific needs and picked up on where we were in our teaching program. Corinna quickly formed a rapport with our students, made them feel comfortable taking creative risks and building confidence in performing Commedia.

Corinna’s expert knowledge and passion for what she does is palpable and the students really fed off of that!”

Aldo Longobardi, Wilderness School
Corinna Di Niro, Adelaide, South Australia, PHD researcher, trainer, actor, director

"I attended Corinna Di Niro’s Commedia Dell ‘Arte two day Professional Development workshop for teachers early in 2019.

I found it very interesting and enjoyed learning all about the history of Commedia and the hierarchy and traits of the stock characters. I thought it would be a great drama unit to do with my year 6/7 students.

I arranged for Corinna to come to my school and do a workshop with them to get us started. My students loved it! Corinna’s expertise and passion for Commedia was evident and it certainly rubbed off on my students.

They are loving exploring the characters and creating their own lazzi - and are so keen, they are busily practising in their own time to perform for the whole school! Thanks Corinna!

Alison McGill, Performing Arts Teacher - Keithcot Farm Primary School