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Actor, director, scholar, and theatre educator, Giangiacomo Colli received his formal acting and directing training with two of the major figures of post-World War II Italian theatre, Vittorio Gassman and Orazio Costa. An accomplished practitioner of Commedia dell’Arte, he was introduced to this popular form of theatre by his father, a renowned theatre and television director, and then perfected his skills under Carlo Boso. His theatre formation also includes workshops with Joseph Chaikin, Shiro Nomura, Jerzy Grotowski, and Chuck Mike, among others.

Alongside his professional career, Giangiacomo graduated from the University of Rome in theatre history, received an M.F.A. in directing from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. in drama from the University of Toronto. He has taught in Canada at the University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Brock University, and in the US, at Franklin & Marshall College, Texas State University-San Marcos, and Middlebury College. Since 2014, in Italy, he has collaborated with the Master of Social Theatre at the University of Rome; the Training Course for Actors “Orazio Costa” at the Pergola Theatre, in Florence; the Rome–based association Teatroavista; and has developed his own devising technique, Il fattore umano, based on collaborative dramaturgy. Giangiacomo is also the author of a volume on Orazio Costa’s holistic acting training, a few articles, and an educational play on Commedia dell’Arte.

GIANGIACOMO COLLI

Commedia dell’Arte

giangiacomo.colli@dellarte.it

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Born in 1948 in Winterthur (CH), Joe Fenner studied architecture at the ETH, Zurich. Shortly afterwards he moved to Paris to attend the school of ‘Jacques Lecoq’. His education as an actor finished in 1978 with a diploma from the Scuola Teatro Dimitri(Tessin,CH). As an actor he worked with the ‘Compagnia Teatro Dimitri’. He co-founded his own company with Cornelia Montani called Tandem Tinta Blu. Some productions were: “Der Narrenlehrling” (dir: Dimitri), “Schade ums Kamel” (dir: Jean Martin Roy), “Tortuga” (dir: Paul Steinmann), “Scapin” (dir: Charlotte Huldi), “Lampenfieber” (Hannes Leo Meier), “Cod bai friends” (Hannes Leo Meier), “Theos Kaffeebar” (dir: Daniel Wahl), “Liebeslieder usw” (Paul Steinmann). In 2003 the ensemble broke up and Fenner directed “Storie dall`altopiano” (Group: Pumliks). A year later he worked as an assistant and the improvisation teacher at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri. He is currently active as a director for several theatre formations all over Switzerland.

JOE SEBASTIAN FENNER

Theatrical Clown

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Dory Rebekah Sibley is the Undergraduate Programs Associate and the professor of Voice and Ensemble Performance at the Accademia dell’Arte. She is the Co-Founder of the NYC based physical theatre company Tut’Zanni Theatre Company. Already in their fifth year, Tut’Zanni has performed and taught all over the world. She is also a founding member of the all-woman clown troupe Women From Mars and recently toured their ‘clown-noir’ cabaret SILENT REFLECTIONS through Italy and parts of the USA. Dory is one of the pioneer teachers of Voice in the Mask work and currently teaches and develops new projects in collaboration with colleague Torbjörn Alström, Head of Puppetry, Masks and Animation at the Frölunda Kulturhus in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dory is currently a candidate for certification as a teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and has over ten years of experience in various voice and bodywork fields including Roy Hart Experimental Voice, classical voice and opera theatre, Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques. She completed her teaching certification in the Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS) in 2013. She was an ArezzoFestival organizer for over 4 years, was the CrisisART Festival Collective Facilitator from 2012 – 2014 and serves as President of the ADA Alumni Association. As a freelance artist, she continues to perform her original devised work in the USA and Europe. Learn more about Dory’s ongoing projects and pedagogy on her website: www.doryrebekah.com

DORY REBEKAH SIBLEY

EBAS and Devising Laboratory: Composed Thetare

dory.sibley@dellarte.it

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Sam, originally from Boston, grew up in Tuscany where from a young age he was engaged in music, circus arts, street performing and physical theatre. Sam was awarded his bachelors degree in music and philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College in NYC in conjunction with BHU in Varanasi India. He also attended the MFA program at the ADA. Sam’s interdisciplinary approach has brought him to collaborate with a variety of projects and people, including painters, poets, musicians, dancers, actors, folk research and pedagogy. Sam has performed in Italy, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and India; he has also led workshops in many of these places. Sam was an original member of the experimental rock band Sycamore Age (It) with whom he toured for over four years. Now he lives in the south Bohemia (CZ) as member of physical theatre company Divadlo Continuo. Sam is interested in poetry, composed theatre, experimental music and movement.

SAMUEL ANGUS MCGEHEE

Devising Laboratory: Composed Theatre

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Andrea Cavarra studied at the Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico in Reggio Emilia where studied under Antonio Fava. After graduation, he worked at the school for three years. In 1998 he co-founded the company Teatrovivo where he worked for 6 years as an actor, assistant director, scenographer, mask-maker and theatre teacher. From 1999 to 2000 he was the Commedia dell’Arte consultant for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. In May 2001, he began studying leather mask construction under master mask-maker Stefano Petrocco and became his official assistant in February 2004, working for three years at the studio Pathè-Albatros in Montreuil, Paris directed by Carlo Boso.

Besides acting he currently works as a scenographer and mask-maker for many different companies including Teatro della Tosse – Genova, Teatro Stabile delle Marche – Ancona, Teatro del Butatto, Quelli di Grock and Scimmie Nude. In 2008 he constructed masks for “The Merchant of Venice” under the direction of Massimiliano Civica who also won the Ubu award for Best Director that year. In 2009 he was the scenographer for “Mistero Buffo” by Dario Fo under the direction of Paolo Rossi.

He is currently the President of Zorba Officine Creative, a popular theatre and theatre maker association. Under this initiative he created the Operativi Creativi Ansaldo project at the Officine Creative Ansaldo, an eight-year experiment during which a series of working art studios organize workshops, courses and seminars that are open to the public. One of the most important projects is the studiARTeatro, the first theatre school festival in Milan, created and directed by Andrea with fourteen different schools in participation including three from Milan proper.

In addition, he conceived La Sagra dell’OCA, a festival that brings together the culinary and artistic culture within the quartieri. He opened the l’Atelier del Teatro e delle Arti within the Arte Passante in the mezzanine of the Republic, which Andrea currently manages as well.

ANDREA CAVARRA

Leather Mask-Making

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Chris Truini is a Roxbury, Connecticut native who recently graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts with a BA in Theatre and Dance Studies. During his time at Wheaton, studied abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia where he was introduced to the movement system of Andrei Droznin.

He then furthered his study of Droznin’s system at the Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, Connecticut before returning to Moscow this past summer to study at the Konstantin Raikin School of Higher Learning. In spite of his chronic and all consuming russophilia, Chris found his way to Italy in the fall of 2015 where he was a member of the Physical Theatre ensemble at the Accademia. While in Italy he steeped himself in the contact improvisation scene, studying with teachers from Italy, Slovenia, and Russia. Following his graduation from Wheaton, Chris returned to the ADA as the Technical Coordinator of undergraduate programs and a movement teaching assistant.

CHRIS TRUINI

Contact Improvisation

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