The Company

Bernadette studied Commedia dell’ Arte at Exeter University and then trained with Antonio Fava at the SCUOLA INTERNATIONALE DI COMMEDIA DELL’ ARTE.  She later gained a PGCE at Cambridge University.  Bernadette formed The Complete Commedia Co in 2016, formalising decades of touring experience and working in schools and the local community.  Bernadette has introduced Commedia dell’arte performance to Thurrock, Essex and the Southeast; she devises, directs, produces and project manages public performances in theatres, streets and schools adding animation and colour to civic and community occasions.

Bernadette Wakeling
Alex Mangan

Alex graduated from Winchester University with a first class honours degree in Contemporary Performance and is currently training to become a qualified teacher. Alex is the dramaturg of the company and directs the process of transferring show ideas from paper into reality and streamlines all the components on stage to create fluid performances.

The Complete Commedia Company employs returning graduates to become part of the company. Previous students have been appointed to be part of the creative team as directors, creative producers, project managers and performers.

Jordan Choi

Jordan graduated from Winchester University with a first class honours degree in Contemporary Performance and is currently studying at the University of Kent for a Masters in Contemporary Performance Practices. Jordan takes charge of the physical choreography within scenes i.e. stage combat and general physicality for scripted work.

Tom Mangan

Tom graduated from Winchester University with a first class honours degree in Contemporary Performance and is currently studying at the University of Kent for a Masters in Contemporary Performance Practices. He handles the technical side to the company’s performances creating soundtracks and imagery as well as discovering the material used in any show T3G and the Wrinkly or Rendered Retina Theatre are working on.

Associated Actors

Rachael Dowsett

Graduated in English Literature and Drama.

She is part of Insanity Theatre Company,  with her most recent  involvement being in the production "Lift" at the Dixon Studio. She is a former pupil at St Clere's School and Orsett C of E Primary.

Previously Associated Actors

Sarah Jennings

Sarah graduated from the University of Kingston with a degree in Dance and continued her training by going to America to teach performing arts to young people. Sarah choreographed all dance sequences in the company’s shows and also used her training in singing to assist the company with vocal work.

Ruby Henderson

Ruby is studied drama at the University of Lincoln. Whilst studying, she was a member of the "Code name: Cheese" Theatre company. She attended Palmers College and Grays School Media Arts College). Ruby studied restoration and melodrama, teaching drama and stage combat. She now focuses on performing and theatre for young audiences.