Dominic Missimi

Dominic Missimi is professor emeritus of Northwestern where he taught for more than 30 years in the Theatre Department. He founded the Music Theatre Program, the American Music Theatre Project and the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. He was a director of the famed Waa-Mu Show for 17 years and has directed more than 80 productions for the university. He has also directed 34 productions at the Marriott Theatre at Lincolnshire, where he has been nominated and received several Joseph Jefferson Awards. His musicals and operas have been seen at regional theatres throughout the country. He recently published “Nicky: A memoir,” available on Amazon.

Mask master Agostino Dessì

Agostino Dessi is one of the premier mask makers in Italy. For more than 50 years, he has fashioned magnificent facial adornments in celebration of Carnevale in Venice as well as Commedia dell’Arte, a 500-year-old tradition of improvised theater in Italy. I recently had the opportunity to meet Agostino in the mask workshop of his daughter, Alice. Dubbed Alice’s Masks, it is located at Via Faenza 72R in central Florence, not far from the Central Market and San Lorenzo Church. A visit to the shop offers a wonderful perspective on the street theater of Italy. Perhaps a raucous Commedia company …

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