Francesca Barbini was born in Arezzo in 1986. She holds a degree in Law from the University of Florence; the focus of her thesis work was in labor law, specifically the laws governing apprenticeships. For 18 months she worked for law firms around Arezzo as a forensic trainee and completed the bar exam. She worked in an accounting office in Arezzo learning to prepare financial documents and draft worker contracts.
Francesca assists the Executive Director serving as the reference point for technical and administrative issues as well as for legal and safety requirements. She is passionate about photography and sometimes she photographs the ADA performances.
Operations and Visas Manager
Monica Capacci received a Master of Arts in American Literature, Summa cum Laude, and an under graduate degree in Art History, both from the University of Siena. After graduation she worked for several research project sponsored by the University of Siena and the Centro di Ricerca Nazionale (CNR). She also worked as professional translator for publishing companies, magazines and websites.
Monica was visiting professor at Colorado College, Colorado Springs CO, where she taught Italian language for two years. She then moved to the University of Rochester, Rochester NY, where she taught the Italian culture course for two semesters. 1999-2000.
Going back to Italy, Monica taught the English language course ‘Translation Techniques from English into Italian, and Italian as a foreign language course for the University of Siena, Italy. 2000-2004. While teaching for the University of Siena she was serving as Assistant Director of the University of Rochester Italian Studies in Tuscany and taught Italian classes, cultural compendium courses and art history courses, 1998-2008. She also taught Italian classes, led Italian independent studies and gave a series of lectures on art history, Italian culture, history and literature for Texas A&M university Santa Chiara study center in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. 2000-2008.
Monica has worked as Director of Student Services and Coordinator of the Italian Language Courses at the Accademia dell’Arte since September 2008.
Director of Admissions & Student Services
Maria Cerbasi was born in Torre del Greco, Naples, in 1988. She graduated with a degree in Economics from the Università Tor Vergata in Rome. The focus of her thesis work was in fair trade and developing countries. During her studies she worked in many different administrative jobs. After receiving her degree, she volunteered for the Servizio Civile Nazionale taking part in a fair trade project with Oxfam. She also collaborated with an independent online newspaper, Die Brüche, for which she wrote several political and economic articles.
Maria began working with the Accademia as the Administrative Assistant in 2012. Besides her administrative work, she photographs many of the performances. Out of her deep love for the environment, Maria develops ways to implement recycling and energy saving programs at the Accademia. She is also a member of the CrisisART Festival Collective.
Accounting and Admissions Coordinator
Riccardo, originally from the Philippines moved to Italy with his mother in 1990. He lived in Rome working as a jack-of-all-trades until he moved to Arezzo in 2013 where he worked as a Suez Chef. In 2014 in joined the Accademia dell’Arte in the capacity of cook, electrician and inventor. He quickly became one of the main pillars of the school. Riccardo remembers vividly seeing the very first students arrive at villa Godiola.
Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Scott McGehee moved to Italy as a Fulbright Fellow in 1995 and has lived in Italy since. He received his Doctorate in European Intellectual History from Boston College in 1996 and is the President and Founding Director of the Accademia dell’Arte.
Scott’s research interest centers on the convergence of radical social thought with the organization of aesthetics perception and artistic expression. He has been active in the formation of the CrisisArt Festival and contemporary social movements including Occupy Wall Street. He continues to work on projects that explore the potential for collective and collaborative creation and has written on the subversive character of the Commedia dell’Arte. (Link Essay: the-pre-eminence-of-the-actor-in-renaissance-context-2.)
Scott gives lectures and seminars throughout the year at the Accademia on various topics including the history of cabaret, understanding Commedia politically, the commodification of artistic experience and related topics.
Hobbies are many, none of which are well developed, but he does have a knack for writing bad pop-songs.
Jonathan Taylor is a director, teacher, and movement artist based in Brooklyn. He is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The SuperGeographics, where he has directed: Un Castillo de Cartas, Panic Everything’s Fine, Bacchic, Moving Mouths, RePlay: Shelter Island, and Signal. Under his direction The SuperGeographics work has been seen across The US and in Sweden, Chile, and India.
New York Credits include directing Adam & Evie (Dixon Place), Julius Caesar (The Brick). Jonathan was Movement Director for Spaceman by Leegrid Stevens (Drama Desk Nominated best Solo-Show) and several short films including Britain Ashford’s “I Could Have Danced All Night” music video. International Credits include: Un Castillo De Cartas (Santiago, Chile) Moving Mouths (Goteborg, Sweden) and La Casa Azul in Kathmandu, a play on the life and work of Frida Kahlo performed by 60 Nepali 9th Graders. Additionally, he has taught workshops in India, Ireland, Italy and Russia.
Jonathan holds a BFA in Theater Arts from Boston University. Currently, he is pursuing a master’s in Political Science; International Relations and Global Justice from Brooklyn College. Jonathan is and Associate Artists of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, where is also Education and Outreach Manager and teaches The Suzuki Method and The Viewpoints.
Director of University & Artist Relations