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Amateurs meet professionals: theatrical activities in late sixteenth-century Italian Academies

Sampson, L. (2015) Amateurs meet professionals: theatrical activities in late sixteenth-century Italian Academies. In: Earle, T. F. and Fouto, C. (eds.) The Reinvention of Theatre in Sixteenth-Century Europe: Traditions, Texts and Performance. Legenda, Oxford, pp. 187-218. ISBN 9781907975769

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This chapter explores the complex and still obscure relationship between Italian literary academies, which often engaged in amateur theatricals, and professional actors who formed part of the new theatrical companies (commedia dell’arte) which emerged on the theatrical scene at around the same time. By exploring particularly the cases of Adriano Valerini, Isabella Andreini and her son Giovan Battista Andreini, it is argued that some academies by the end of the sixteenth century showed greater openness to comici and particularly to female virtuose. This would lead at the start of the following century to changes in the relation between professionals and amateurs, especially where academies themselves became more hybrid.

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Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Early Modern Research Centre (EMRC)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Languages and Cultures > Italian
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