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Dénes Döbrei is a lecturer at the University of Novi Sad Theatre Academy (Serbia) and an instructor at the LEDA Theatre School (Toulouse, France) and Theatre de l’Acte (Toulouse, France). He has served as Artistic Director for the Nyari Mozi Theater Community since 1986.

Denes continues to work as choreographer for several Serbian, Slovenian, Bosnian, Hungarian, and Romanian theatre directors, among which Emma, performed at the National Theatre of Subotica (Serbia) – written by Chat Geza and directed by Peter Fekete – won Sterija Prize for the best choreography in Novi Sad (Serbia).

Some of Denes’ past work includes:

Acting in Pál Erdös’ film “Gondviseles” (Hungary) for which he won The Golden Toucan Prize for the best leading role at Rio de Janeiro’s International Film Festival (1986). From 1989-2004 he participated in Joseph Nadj’s National Choreographic Center (Orleans, France) as a collaborator and dancer in La mort de l’empereur; Comedia Tempio; Les Échelles d’Orphée; Woyzeck; l’Ébauche du vertige; L’Anatomie du fauve; Les commentaires d’Habacuc; Le vent dans le sac; Les Veilleurs and Length of 100 needles.

Between 2000-2005, he collaborated with Min Tanaka (dancer and choreographer) on Smiling in the Forest (Japan and Europe). 2011 collaborated with Slovenian theater director Tomi Janežić on Putujuće Pozorište Šopalović, Galeb and Smrt Ivana Iljica.

From 2011-12, as Program Selector, he curated the International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre Infant – Novi Sad (Serbia). In 2016, also as Program Selector, he curated the Festival of Professional Theatres of Vojvodina.

Dénes Döbrei studied drama at Novi Sad’s conservatory 1980-1984. Between 1984-90 he performed at Subotica’s National Theater / KPGT.

Select Choreographies (1986-2017) include: Solanum Tuberossum; Tomato, avagy a paradicsom; Hu Die; Five for Two; La Chute de Belzebuth; HhouAka 1( A ): Skin Garden; HhouAka 2 ( A ): Miel d’éphémères; HhouAka 3 ( A ): Morsure d’Abeille; Lit and Mix Book; Strange Loop; Imago Sonus; Lifkoptikum



Roberto Andrioli is an actor, director, playwright, acting instructor and mask maker. He has worked in many productions and cultural projects in Italy and abroad: Piccolo Teatro (Milan), La Mama E.T.C. (New York), The Jean Francois Duroure Theatre-dance Company (France and Eastern Europe), The Baltinsky Dom (Saint Petersburg), Teatro Stabile della Toscana, La Corte Ospitale of Rubiera, Teatro Moderno of Rome and many others.

Roberto has been featured in commercials for Vodafone, Ikea, Fastweb and Fuji and he recently played one of the principals in “Mamma mia!”.

He wrote and produced ” Baker vs Baker ” an original performance dedicated to Chet Baker and the commedia “The History of Florence: abridged in 60 minutes”. He also wrote and directed an adaptation of Machiavelli’s “Mandrake” that he performed in Italy and Costa Rica. Recently, he performed his text “Apocalypse Now Comedy: the End of the World for Dummies”, a commedia show produced and directed by the Brasilian-American director Adrian Steinway, in Sao Paolo, Brasil.

Roberto is a 1996 graduate of the Drama Academy of Piccolo Teatro in Milan, directed by Giorgio Strehler. He holds a Masters Degree in Theatrical Pedagogy at the Brescia University (1997). Roberto was awarded an internship at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York in 1998.

Roberto has taught commedia workshops at Sao Paolo University, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, University of Texas at Austin, New York University (NYU), Syracuse University, CSM Conservatori Superior de Musica de Valencia, CSMC Conservatori Superior de Musica de Castillò, and the Conservatory of Strasbourg. He is currently an instructor of acting at Fondazione Torino Spettacoli.



Stefan Haves is an acclaimed director, creator and producer of Circus, theater and film whose
creations have appeared on stages, festivals, and screens across the globe. His work has been a favorite at Cirque du Soleil since 2006 where he has collaborated on creative teams as a Comic Act Designer, Casting Partner, and Master Teacher on nine shows, including O, Love and Ka.

Known as a “pied piper of talent” Haves has assembled his network of world-class performers, clowns, acrobats, jugglers, sword swallowers, musicians and designers to numerous internationally celebrated projects. Of note was his six year tenure as primary writer/director at Dinner/Cirque Teatro Zinzanni in San Francisco and Seattle.

Haves credits include directing and collaborating with performers like Joan Baez, Val Kilmer and Tim Robbins, and creating original work in Los Angeles at the Getty Center, El Portal Theatre, Largo at the Coronet, Actors Gang and Paramount Studios. Haves is also an award winning choreographer, one of the four awards received for his adaptation of Jack London’s The Call of The Wild. In 2013, he was commissioned to produce Mdsmmr Nites Txt 🙂 his hit adaptation of the Shakespeare classic at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in New York. That same year he created groundbreaking work for the Chinese National Circus in the city of Nanjing in the Jiangsu Province.

Haves also directs films, including Punch Drunk starring Academy award nominee Sally Kellerman. As a performer, Stefan’s work has also garnered global recognition, most notably as his celebrated character “Backman” appearing on stage, at festivals and on television screens worldwide after claiming $10,000 on America’s Funniest People in 1991.

Summer 2013, Haves was invited to curate his popular Cirque-A-Palooza Festival in conjunction with the Pasadena Playhouse, showcasing physical theatre troupes and performers from across the United States. The centerpiece of the festival was Haves’ acclaimed musical, cirque, extravaganza ‘Road To Palooza.’ Haves was dubbed “LA’s Eccentric Impressario” by the LA Weekly.

Stefan rounded out 2014 with a ten week residency as a visiting scholar at the India Institute of Technology, co-directing the Palazzo dinner/cirque show in Nuremberg, Germany. He collaborated in pre-production on the 2015 Milano Expo with Cirque du Soleil.

His work has been summed up this way: “Stefan Haves’ has brought the audience back to life… In that charming, slapstick brilliance, he has rather poignantly asked you to open your mind, let go of everything, and enjoy the awe of artists, performers, and those around you.”



Jon Kellam, has over 30 years combined theatre experience as a performing artist, director, project creator, and teacher. Jon is a co-founder and artistic director of BÄMSEMBLE, a new theatre company based in Italy. He developed a system of performance, training and devising, called Superdrama and is currently training the company. He served as co-artistic director and co-founder of Zoo District Theatre (Los Angeles), was previously a resident director, member, and director of education at The Actors’ Gang (Los Angeles), is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre West (Los Angeles), and served as director of the Get Lit Players (Los Angeles) in 2012.

Jon is in the process of developing, directing, and co-devising (with BÄMSEMBLE) a liberal adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes classic interlude, El Retablo De Las Maravillas (The Marvelous Puppet Show) entitled SALT. SALT will premiere at Cavallerizza Reale, in Torino, Italy in November 2017 and perform at Teatro C’Art in Castelfiorentino, Italy, in winter 2018.

Some of Jon’s most notable directorial credits include Brecht’s Drums In The Night, David Ball’s adaptation of Moliere’s Tartuffe (toured in the U.S.), and The Exonerated, by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen (toured in the U.S.), and Daniel Berrigan, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (toured in the U.S. and Brisbane, Australia as a featured production with the International Brisbane Theatre Festival, in 2009) all produced by The Actors’ Gang. Also with The Actors’ Gang, Jon assisted Simon Abkarian on the critically acclaimed production of Love’s, Labour’s, Lost. At Zoo District, Jon directed and co-created the award winning production of Nosferatu…Angel of the Final Hour, and co-directed Home; the Search for the Lost Tablet of Ur. Other notable directing credits include, Death…A Very Serious Comedy, performed at the Ebell theater in Los Angeles, Shape of A Girl (Co-director) and The Ass (by Parviz Sayyad) both presented by The Edge of the World Theatre Festival at L.A.T.C. Also directed The Raven – ‘Poe Time’ (adapted from Edgar Allen Poe) presented by Get Lit at The Actors’ Gang, Helena Modjeska – The Artist’s Dream co-developed and directed in Krakow, Poland and performed in Chicago at the Chopin theatre and at the Bowers museum in Orange County CA. In January 2014, he co-directed a development workshop of The House is Black, at the Freud Theatre produced by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (previously UCLA Live) directed, created, and performed by Sussan Deyhim.

Independently, Jon has taught numerous physical theatre workshops nationally and internationally. Teaching credits include Commedia dell’ Arte at Playwrights’ Horizons professional actor training program in New York City, and The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He served as Co-Chair of Theatre at Champs Charter Multimedia and Performing Arts High School, and was a lead teacher for The Actors’ Gang at the California State University Summer Arts Festival in Monterey Bay, 2012. In 2008-9 he served as adjunct professor and teaching artist at California State University Los Angeles, where he directed Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid. Jon contributes regularly as a teaching artist for the University of Texas summer abroad program, in Florence, Italy. He is currently teaching Superdrama and directing Il Malato Immaginario in Torino, Italy at Atelier Teatro Fisico. He was consulting director for Retro Gold, which performed at the Pennabilli International Theatre Festival and is presently consulting on the Kung Fu Project in Torino. He lead a Superdrama training and devising workshop at HERE Festival at Cavallerizza Reale, in Torino in May 2017, and is a guest teaching artist at Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.

Jon’s acting credits include the Tony nominated production of Wilder, Wilder, Wilder, the national tour of Embedded by Tim Robbins at the Actors’ Gang, and the world premiere of The Exonerated written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. His Film and TV credits include, Flags of Our Fathers (dir. Clint Eastwood), Tangled, Brain Dead, The Homecoming of Jimmy Whitecloud, Portal, Judging Amy, and West Wing, and a part in the upcoming production, Bent, (filming in Rome, Spring, 2017) written and directed by Bobby Moresco.

In 2008 Jon was the recipient of the Surdna Fellowship to study clown based on the pedagogy of Jacque Lecoq and Yves Lebreton, with Philip Radice of Atelier Teatro Fisico and Andre Casaca, Teatro C’Art, in Torino, and Castelfiorentino, Italy.



Dory Rebekah Sibley is the Director of Short-Term Programs 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 sixth 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 a certified 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:



Leigh Fondakowski is a playwright, screenwriter, author, and director. She was the head writer of The Laramie Project, co-writer of Laramie: Ten Years Later, and an Emmy Nominated co-screenwriter for the film adaptation of Laramie with HBO Films. Her other original plays include, I Think I Like Girls, The People’s Temple, SPILL, and Casa Cushman. Her plays have been produced under her direction at American Theater Company, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Encore Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Perseverance Theater, Swine Palace, TimeLine Theater, and Z Space Studio. Awards include The Glickman Award for Best New Play in the Bay Area, The People’s Temple, Bay Area Critics Circle nomination for Best Production, I Think I Like Girls, and a Jeff Nomination for Best Chicago Production, SPILL. Leigh is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and was a Distinguished Visiting Chair at the University of Minnesota in 2010. She is the author of the non-fiction book, Stories from Jonestown, and is currently adapting the book to film. She teaches and lectures around the country, including New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and is on faculty in the MFA in Contemporary Performance program at Naropa University. This year, Leigh is the recipient of a Drama League Fellowship and is an Orchard Project fellow in their pilot theater development program, OP/Greenhouse.


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