Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term Commedia dell’arte.

On Commedia dell’arte’s official page, we have defined the term as “light entertainment based on the craft of improvisation.”

But now we want to know what the term Commedia dell’arte means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— What was the first Commedia dell’arte show you ever saw? Are there any gags you still remember?

— Have you ever been in a Commedia dell’arte-style production? If so, which stock comedic character did you play?

— We shared many examples of Commedia dell’arte’s influence on contemporary comedy. Can you name a current sitcom or movie that you think has a distinctly Commedia style?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term Commedia dell’arte, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor