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Core Faculty

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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.

SCOTT McGEHEE, PhD

Founding Director
Philosophy/History Lecturer

scott.mcgehee@dellarte.it

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Nhandan Chirco is a performer, director, teacher, and choreographer. Her work has been presented at numerous festivals and institutions throughout Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Germany, France and Austria. From ’94 to ’98 she was part of the artistic team at the Workcenter of Jerry Grotowski and Thomas Richards; afterwards she collaborated with directors Branko Popovic, Tomi Janezic and Zlatko Sviben. She worked as a performer and pedagogue with the choreographer Maja Delak, with contemporary dance company EN-KNAP in Ljubljana and collaborated in artistic creations with different choreographers.

Since ’99 she conducted numerous seminars collaborating with Universities of Urbino – Italy and of La Valletta – Malta and in numerous theatre institutions in Europe and beyond. In 2004 she taught the course Body and Voice Work in the post-graduate specialisation course Body Unlimited – University of Novi Sad, and she also taught the undergraduate course Body Work at the University of Osijek in Acting Department.

From 2009-2013 she developed the project STREAMLINE and the performances Quanta, More, Queens, and Hidden Sessions – from #00 to #14. She graduated in “Live Performing Arts” at DAMS in Bologna where in 2013 and 2014 she held theoretical lessons titled “On Live Creation.” In 2012 she launched the platform F.A.C.K. for the experimentation of new cultural and artistic modes of production. In 2014 she completed the artistic project ET L’EUROPE ALORS in collaboration with ZaLab filmmakers group.

NHANDAN CHIRCO

Physical Theatre Program Director
Movement and Body Work

nhandan.chirco@dellarte.it

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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 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: www.doryrebekah.com

DORY REBEKAH SIBLEY

Undergraduate Programs Associate
Voice and Ensemble Performance

dory.sibley@dellarte.it

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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, PhD

Full-Year Program Coordinator
Commedia dell’Arte

giangiacomo.colli@dellarte.it

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Born in the South of Germany Sabine Fichter studied Modern/ Contemporary dance in Duesseldorf, Berlin and at the European Dance Development Centre (EDDC) in Arnhem (Netherlands). For ten years she had been working as a dancer with companies such as Neuer Tanz, Frey Faust Dance Company, Telos Dance Company and Exis Dance. She has presented her own choreographic work in Germany, Brazil and Argentina.

In 1997 she was certified as a Movement Analyst (CMA) by the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS, New York) and is now a guest teacher on the European CMA training. In 2004 she received her Master Degree in LMA and Somatic Studies from Surrey University, UK. Since then she has taught somatic based movement classes, composition and Laban Movement Analysis at London Metropolitan University, the University of Limerick, Ireland and the Palucca Dance University in Dresden, where she has also been a research associate for InnoLernenTanz, a project which investigates innovative teaching and learning strategies.

She has been working as a somatic practitioner/movement therapist with children and adolescents at the Psychiatric Department of the Carl Gustav Carus Hospital, Dresden, for the past 18 years. Her main focus in the therapeutic work is on body oriented therapy for patients with eating disorders and body image issues.

SABINE FICHTER

Dance Program Director
Laban Movement Studies
Contemporary Dance

sabine.fichter@dellarte.it

Guest Faculty

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Israeli performer and choreographer Shahar Biniamini was born on 1988 in Lod, Israel. Danced in the Batsheva dance Company from 2007-2013 and  performed extensively the repertoire of Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. During those years Shahar began his activity as gaga teacher and Choreographer through the “dancer create” program of the Company, which later acted as the artistic director of the progrem for 2 years. Today, as an independent dancer and artist, he creates choreographies for theaters and international companies. As a teacher for Gaga movement language, Shahar continue to direct artistically the Gaga intensive courses in Tel Aviv and previously in Italy, Los Angele and Japan . As an assistant for Ohad Naharin, Shahar works with main dance companies and teaches his works around the world.

SHAHAR BINYAMINI

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Iztok Kovač is a choreographer, teacher and dancer in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the 1990s virtually out of nothing established the notion of the Slovene contemporary dance in the cultural space of Europe and beyond. In 1993 he established the international dance company En-Knap in Leuven, Belgium, under the wings of Klapstuk Festival; a year later the group moved its headquarters to Ljubljana, where he established EN-KNAP Productions. After 14 years of project-based work, in 2007 Kovač founded the international dance company EnKnapGroup, the first permanent ensemble for contemporary dance in Slovenia, thus beginning working on a repertory basis. Two years later EN-KNAP Productions was entrusted the management of the Španski Borci Cultural Centre in Ljubljana, where Iztok Kovač is the artistic director, and programmer of the domestic and international programme. In addition to 34 own projects, artistic direction and pedagogical work, his opus includes also six dance films. In 22 years, his EN-KNAP has introduced and established its own esthetics inside the European space and formed its trademark, into which many acclaimed coproducers have invested from the outset. For his work, Iztok Kovač has received prominent domestic and international awards.

IZTOK KOVAČ

Movement Composition

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Samuel Angus McGehee 1987, originally from Boston, grew up in Tuscany where from a young age was engaged in music, street circus and philosophy. Sam studied clarinet performance with Igor Begelman and philosophy with Marina Vitkin at Sarah Lawrence College NYC. He also studied sitar with Rajesh Shah and philosophy with Shashank Srivastava at Benaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. Sam holds an MFA in physical theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Sam’s interdisciplinary approach has brought him to collaborate with a variety of people including painters, dancers, poets, musicians, actors, and researchers. So far Samuel has performed in Italy, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and India; he has also taught in many of these places. Sam was original member of experimental rock band Sycamore Age (IT), and was member of physical theatre company Divadlo Continuo (CZ). He is founder of Broken Jump Theatre and experimental duo Zvukulàska; he also lectures on Indian philosophy at Florence University of the Arts. Sam continues to pursue a variety of collaborations with other artists; he is interested in poetry, composed theatre, experimental music and movement. Samuel has also always remained for better or worse a devout student of metaphysics.

SAMUEL ANGUS MCGEHEE

Juggling

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Gianni Bruschi is one of the founding members of Spazio Seme in Arezzo (Tuscany) where he is artistic director and where he teaches theatre, voice, and expressive movement. A singer and actor, he has trained with many Italian and foreign artists. He directs ensemble work related to voice, theatre, and dance in the Italian expressive culture, and he has held concerts in festivals around Italy and various Mediterranean countries such as France, Egypt, Albania, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia, Spain and India.

He studied Belcanto and Opera with Slavka Taskova Paloetti, with whom he collaborated at the Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo. He got a degree in Italian Literature and history of the theatre at the University of Siena; he got the status of “expert of education” on professional profile of Tuscany Region related to European Community. He is achieving a degree as a counselor at the Institute of Psychosynthesis of Roberto Assagioli in Florence.

GIANNI BRUSCHI

Tarantella

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Andrea Caban is an Associate Professor and Head of Voice & Speech in the Theatre Arts Department at CSU Long Beach, Associate Director of Knight-Thompson Speechwork and Associate Specialist in the UCI Department of Neurology. She is the accent expert on HowCast.com demonstrating over 35 accents, a theatrical production coach, a regular speaker coach for TED, and a community based theatre maker. An award winning solo artist, Caban has performed her original works in Colombia, the UK, South Africa, Costa Rica, Spain and across the US. She has adapted actor voice and accent training for the care of people living with ALS to prolong the ability to speak without assistive devices.Caban’s writing on this subject earned her the VSR 2018 Dudley Knight Award for Outstanding Vocal Scholarship. AndreaCaban.com. MFA, UC Irvine.

ANDREA CABAN

Voice Intensive

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Elaine Vaan Hogue is an actor, director, devisor, and teacher.  Directing projects include Nixon’s Nixon, Straight White Men, Oleanna, Baltimore, The Amish Project, Imagining Madoff ,  The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre); The Tempest (Arts After Hours); After Orlando–A Theatre Action, A Disappearing Number (Central Square Theatre); Metamorphosis (Boston Center for American Performance); Walking the Volcano (BCAP/BPT); Crave (Nora Theatre Company); Thin Air: Tales from a Revolution (UMKC); Infinity’s House, ‘Tis Pity She’s  a Whore, Good Breeding (Emerson Stage); Fen (New Theatre).  Elaine teaches acting, directing and devising at Boston University where she has directed over 40 productions.  As an actor she most recently she appeared in Dark Room (Bridge Repertory Theatre); Mrs. Packard (Bridge Repertory Theatre/Playhouse Creatures); The Journey (BCAP/InMotion Theatre); Friends of Armenia (Faneuil Hall); The Road to Mecca (BCAP).  Devised work includes The Future of Ice (Studio Theatre); Creation: Mythic Weavings (MagdalenaUSA); When Jennie Goes Marching (Olney Theatre Center).   She is a fervent member of The Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre, and recently participated in her sixth Transit Festival at the Odin Teatret in Denmark.  Upcoming projects include the world premiere of Representation, and How To Get It  (Sleeping Weazel) in which she will play the visionary human rights activist, Julia Ward Howe.

ELAINE VAAN HOGUE

Movement Workshop

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