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Core Faculty


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.


Founding Director
Philosophy/History Lecturer


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.


Physical Theatre Program Director
Movement and Body Work


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:


Undergraduate Programs Associate
Voice and Ensemble Performance


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.


Full-Year Program Coordinator
Commedia dell’Arte


Emilija Dimitrijevic was born in Serbia and graduated in English Language and Literature from the University of Nis. Continuing her education in Italy, she received from the Uni-versity of Siena a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures and a PhD in interdisciplinary studies that include the areas of literature, aesthetics, arts, and performance. Her original interest in language and literature has over the years evolved into an interest in several disciplines and a commitment to multidisciplinary inquiry. Her research interests lie in the field of the novel, theory, gender, and cultural studies, and her studies draw on the work of contemporary philosophers, social theorists, and psychologists. She is the author of essays on A.S. Byatt, Jeanette Winterson, Angela Carter, J. L. Borges, Danilo Kis, Henry James, Audrey Niffenegger, William Shakespeare, Robert Browning, and of the mono-graph Intimacy and Identity in the Postmodern Novel (2008).

Emilija Dimitrijevic is teaching the Philosophy of Art and Performance, the course aiming to encourage and enable students to take a stance in the discourse of art and performance.


Philosophy of Art and Performance


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.


Dance Program Director
Laban Movement Studies
Contemporary Dance


Ginevra Scaglia was trained at the Ecole Internationale de Théatre Jacques Lecoq graduating in 1996. Subsequently she specialized in Movement Studies at LEM, Ecole Jacques Lecoq and followed a series of workshops with notable practitioners including Pierre Byland and Phillippe Gaulier (clown), Théatre de Complicité and Théatre du Soleil.

She is a co-founder of Ishka Theatre Company in Dublin and PlayEnglish Theatre Company in Torino. She has performed in Physical Theatre performances on tour in Ireland, the UK, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Belgium and China: “Red Day” with Ishka Theatre company was presented at the Dublin Fringe Festival, The London Mime Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. In collaboration with Paola Valla she directed “Romeo and Giulietta” for Sinequanon Company, which toured extensively in Italy (Sardinia, Piedmonte and Aosta).

As a teacher she has led workshops and long term training modules in Torino (Atelier Teatro Fisico Philip Radice, Quinta Tinta Impro School, Columbus Cionema Acting School) as well as in Dublin (Down to Earth Theatre Company). In 2013 she was appointed as Pedagogical Assistant at the Ecole de Theatre Jacques Lecoq.



Guest Faculty


Janez Janša is contemporary artist who in 2007 together with two other Slovenian artists changed his name into the name of the conservative, two times prime-minister of Slovenia. Before and after this radical artistic gesture Janša has been working as theatre director and performer of interdisciplinary works that focus on the relation between art and the social and political context surrounding it, reflecting the responsibility of the performers as well as the spectators. Many of his works deal with the very status of performance in neoliberal societies. He created e.g. (together with Peter Šenk) a Refugee Camp for the Citizens of the First World (2004) and devised We are all Marlene Dietrich FOR (with Erna Ómarsdóttir, 2005) as a performance for soldiers in peace-keeping missions in the tradition of famous army entertainment shows. In his exhibition Life in Progress (2008) the audience itself reenacted famous historical performance art actions. For Janez Janša artistic practice, theoretical reflection and political involvement are not separated: He is also the director of Maska, a non-profit organization in publishing, artistic production and education, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia and edited several books on contemporary dance and theatre. He is author of the book on early works by Jan Fabre, (La discipline du chaos, le chaos de la discipline, 1994).

He is currently fellow at the International research center Interweaving Performance Culture at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin and Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Roehampton, London.


Lecturer: MASKA


Tomi Janežič has been listed by international critics as one of the most interesting European theatre directors of his generation, and has been internationally recognized as one of the experts in the field of acting creative techniques.

He obtained his degrees in theatre directing from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana (Slovenia), and was later educated in Slovenia and abroad, particularly in the field of various acting techniques and psychodrama. Janezic is also a certified psychodrama psychotherapist and studied Group Analysis.

Janežič teaches theatre directing at University of Ljubljana. He lectured and participated as an invited artist in almost twenty different countries around Europe, in Russia and United States.

His performances have toured on international theatre festivals in Vienna (Wiener Festwochen), Brussels (Kunstenfestivaldesarts), Moscow (Golden Mask, Moscow Footlights), Belgrade (BITEF), Sarajevo (MESS, Sarajevo Winter), Zagreb (Eurokaz, Gavella Evenings), Firenze (Fabbrica Europa), Nitra (Nitra International Theatre Festival), Budapest (Budapest Spring Festival), Rotterdam (Paradise Regained), Munich (Tanzwerkstatt Europa), Skopje (MOT), Ljubljana (Exodos), Timisoara (TESZT), Sfantu Gheorghe (Reflexfest 3), St. Petersburg (Balkan Theatre Spaces), New York (Performance Mix), Tanzhaus Düsseldorf, Rijeka (International Small Scenes Theatre Festival), Ohrid International Festival, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Piatra Neamt International Theatre Festival, Novi Sad (Sterijino pozorje), Užice (Yugoslavian Theatre Festival), Split (Split Summer Festival, Marulić Days), Maribor (Borštnik Meeting), Podgorica (Biennial of Montenegro Theatre) etc.

He has received over thirty international prizes and awards, among them two MESS Golden Laurel Wreath awards, BITEF audience award, award of the jury of international association of critics, four Sterija awards, Bojan Stupica award etc. and has been recently nominated for Russian Golden mask award for best directing and best performance and Norwegian Hedda Award for best directing.


Michael Chekhov and ensemble making


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.


Movement Composition


Tomaž Grom is a double-bass player and composer from Slovenia. As an improviser he is dedicated to exploring an extended range of techniques of playing the double bass, including in combination with electronic media. His creativity is noted for its continuous experimentation with his own sound potential guided by the principle of spontaneity. Grom performed in the most varied ensembles of diverse musical genres.

He has made music for a number of theatre, dance and puppet performances. Two of his performances, Bruto/Gross and Ništrc/Off-cuts have made it into Artservis collection (project SCCA – Ljubljana).

Since 2006 he has been involved in conceptualizing and leading workshops in the field of electro-acoustic and music improvisation entitled Maksimatika/Maximathics, and from 2009 the workshop called Search and reflect (unidiomatic improvisation). He is the artistic director of Zavod Sploh, an associaton devoted to the production of music and performing arts as well as to education and publishing in the field.


Music Improvisation


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.




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.




Mitsuru Sasaki was born in Japan in 1944. In 1965 he studied Ballet under Hironobu Oikawa and Midori Takato, and Butho with Kazuo Ohno. In 1980, Mitsuru joined Folkwang Tanzstudio, a graduate program at Folkwang University in Germany, as a dancer and choreographer. Founded by Kurt Jooss, this program was also home to other dance moguls such as Pina Bausch, Reinhild Hoffmann, and Susanne Linke. Mitsuru studied modern dance with Hans Züllig, ballet with Brian Bertscher, and modern technique with Jean Cebron at Folkwang University. In 1988, he founded SASAKI Dance Co. Since 2015 he has been responsible for the contemporary Butoh class at the Accademia dell’Arte with Mark Wilson.

Contemporary Butoh is based on Japanese Butoh with ballet and dance theater techniques. Unfortunately, we lost Mark Wilson in 2015 but we are trying to find new movements with his steps.




Alida Bevk is a European actress, artist and teacher based in Slovenia. She is the current Head of the Voice and Speech Department at the University of Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) and is a freelance artist, teacher and actress. She completed her MA at AGRFT in 2002. After completing her studies she began her acting career at the National Theatre of Nova Gorica and was a member of that ensemble from 2002 till 2008. During this time she created numerous roles, some of the most important were in William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gozzi’s Green Bird, Goldoni’s Le Baruffe, Gorky’s Varvara, and a new musical Alice. She also acted in international projects and as a guest actress in other Slovenian theatres, winning a few awards at the Slovenian and International Theatre festivals. In 2005, when Slovenia entered the European Union, she was a Slovenian representative at an international project in Milan. After finishing her Masters degree in 2008 she made a shift in her career and began teaching speech at AGRFT. At the same time she became a member of the ensemble with the National Theatre Drama Ljubljana (till 2014). Alida is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Outside of the Academy she teaches her own workshops for singers and actors, gives individual lessons, and works as an acting and voice coach for performances. She is now beginning to take Fitzmaurice Voicework and her own work to other acting schools in Eastern Europe.


Fitzmaurice Voice


Thomas Kampe has worked with dance, theatre and movement for the last 30 years as performer, choreographer, director and educator. He has taught somatic approaches towards movement education and creative practice in different settings around the world. Throughout his career he has coordinated international transdisciplinary initiatives that bridge performing arts, health and education. He currently works at Bath Spa University as Senior Lecturer for Acting. Thomas trained as a visual artist in Kassel, Germany and studied dance at the Laban Centre and at Middlesex University in London where he worked for 13 years with Austrian Ausdruckstanz pioneer and Holocaust survivor Hilde Holger (1905-2011). International artistic collaborations have included artists Liz Aggiss, Laura Belem, Carol Brown, Hilde Holger, Rosemary Lee, Julia Pascal, Colin Poole, German media-arts company ‘Blackhole-Factory’, Tanzinitiative Hamburg and Proforma Dresden. He is a teacher of the Feldenkrais Method ® which forms a foundation for his teaching, research and artistic practice. His most recent publications on Somatics and criticality include the chapter ‘The Art of Making Choices: The Feldenkrais Method as a Soma-Critique’ (Triarchy Press 2015), and ‘Eros and Inquiry – The Feldenkrais Method as a Complex Resource (TDPT 2015). Thomas is currently co-editing journal volumes for JDSP and the International Feldenkrais Federation (IFF) Research Journal.


Feldenkrais and Contact Improvisation


Kevin Crawford is a founding member of the Roy Hart Theatre company. He toured extensively with the company for over twenty years, and acted as a “gerant” of the troupe for a four-year period before moving to Ireland in 1993, where he was a member of faculty at the School of Drama, Trinity College. In Ireland he collaborated with a large number of theatre, dance and musical groups,as well as regularly contributing to programs at University College Dublin and University College Cork. He has been a guest facilitator at the Abbey (National Theatre of Ireland), The International Workshop Festival(London), The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art, (Ireland), and CIRA, (Strasbourg). In 2001 he was awarded an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

On his return to France in 2002 Kevin was appointed Lecturer at the Université d’Artois before joining the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy as a founding member of faculty. From 2009-2016 he directed the MFA in Physical Theatre at the Accademia. Directorial credits include “Wolf’s Bride “ for Kuopio City Theatre (Finland), “The Bacchae” and “Oedipus” for the Samuel Beckett Centre (Dublin) and “Bartholomew Fair” for the Baker Theatre (Muhlenberg College, United States). He wrote and recently performed “Montee” in collaboration with Caroline Boersma, Cellist, with performances in the US, Italy and France.




Born in 1962 in Torino, Paola Bianchi is an independent choreographer and dancer. Her research on the expressiveness and the communicative power of the choreographic action brought her to several collaborations with musicians, visual artists, video artists, authors, film and theatre directors, and theatre companies. Her works have been presented at many international contemporary dance, theatre and video art festivals.
She has been artistic director of several art festivals, has led numerous workshops, and in 2009 she founded collective [collettivo] c_a_p.

She also teaches history of modern and contemporary dance. In 2014 her book “Corpo Politico _ distopia del gesto, utopia del movimento” was published by Editoria & Spettacolo.



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