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Born in East-Berlin, Katrin left East-Germany in 1979. After her studies in Germany, Russia, France and Italy, she graduated in 1987 from the Marburg University with majors of French, Russian and Italian Languages and Literatures. In 1988 she decided to move permanently to Italy where she lives with two daughters.

After passing 15 years as a private teacher, a translator and as an export manager for an international gold manufacturer, she became a founding member of the Accademia dell’Arte which allowed to combine her professional experience in management with her love of the Performing Arts.

KATRIN POHL

Managing Director

katrin.pohl@dellarte.it

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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.

MONICA CAPACCI

Director of Admissions and Student Services

monica.capacci@dellarte.it

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As Director of Communications and Recruiting, Bob Shryock directs and manages all marketing and US recruiting for the Accademia dell’Arte. Previously, he was a creative producer and project manager in the advertising industry.

A graduate of the Accademia’s first MFA in Physical Theatre cohort, Bob is also a professional theatre artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as an actor-creator, director, movement director, teaching artist, and producer.

Previously based in New York City, he was the Associate Artistic Director of Off-Broadway theatre company, Ripple Effect Artists, and the Director of Training (and hospital clown) for Lev Leytzan, a professional hospital clown organization. He regularly works with Bay Area Children’s Theatre, plus Zany Umbrella Circus, South Brooklyn Shakespeare, and Ripple Effect Artists. Bob is a member of Theatre Bay Area, Theatre Resources Unlimited and the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

In addition to an MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte, Bob holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Theatre from Western Kentucky University.

In his free time, Bob loves playing and writing music, photography, playing soccer, traveling … and he’s undefeated in thumb wrestling.

ROBERT SHRYOCK

Director of Communications and Recruitment

robert.shryock@dellarte.it

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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.

MARIA CERBASI

Accounting and Admissions Associate

maria.cerbasi@dellarte.it

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Francesca Barbini was born in Arezzo in 1986. She holds a Bachelor’s 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. She worked in an accounting office in Arezzo learning to prepare financial documents and draft worker contracts.

Francesca assists the Managing Director, the Administrative Director of Graduate Studies and the Financial and Accounting Assistant, serving as the reference point for all technical and administrative issues as well as for legal and safety requirements. She is passionate about photography and sometimes she photographs the ADA performances.

FRANCESCA BARBINI

General Administrative Assistant and Visas Coordinator

francesca.barbini@dellarte.it

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Kristen Wendt is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Acting Concentration), and a Pre K-4 Pennsylvania Teacher Certificate. Born and raised in Monroe, Connecticut, she has always been an avid practitioner of the arts. Kristen completed the Physical Theatre program at the Accademia dell’Arte in the fall of 2013, where she was reminded that she is never more fully alive than when she is singing. She is thrilled to be returning to Arezzo as a member of the ADA staff. Upon her return to the states in 2017, Kristen aspires to merge her two passions by becoming an elementary educator, using art as a primary teaching tool. She also hopes to volunteer her time to implement extracurricular programming in music and theatre for schools facing budgetary restrictions.

KRISTEN WENDT

Student Life Coordinator

kristen.wendt@dellarte.it

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Chris Truini is a freshly minted graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where he received a BA in Theatre and Dance Studies. He was born in New York City and raised in rural Roxbury, Connecticut. Now, Chris returns to the ADA as Assistant Technical Coordinator after an incredible semester here studying Physical Theatre in Fall 2015. The passion and philosophy of the ADA’s faculty and staff left him no choice but to return to Arezzo less than a year after he left. Now that he’s back in Italy, he hopes to spend his free time exploring all Arezzo has to offer in the way of movement, contact improvisation, eggplant, and his many other passions.

CHRIS TRUINI

Marketing and Technical Assistant

chris.truini@dellarte.it

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Anuschka Jaenicke is a graduate from the University of Florence School of Law and completed her two years of forensic traineeship working for law firms in the city of Turin. In addition she holds a Master Degree in Childhood Studies from the Freie Universitaet of Berlin’s Faculty of Educational Science while working for several projects in the field of educational management.

Anuschka’s work experience includes the Goethe-Institut of Turin where she collaborated in activities such as the theatre project Lingue in Scena and Al lavoro col tedesco. In Berlin, Anuschka worked for pedagogical projects of the foundation Ein Quadratkilometer BIldung in the district of Neukoelln focusing on multiculturalism in educational enviroments.

Anuschka loves to do morning yoga on the ADA Teatrino’s rooftop. If you are an early bird, you are more than welcome to join her there.

ANUSCHKA JAENICKE

Administrative Director of Graduate Studies and European Development

anuschka.jaenicke@dellarte.it

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Will Dameron is the Technical Director for the M.F.A. and Year-Round programs at the Accademia dell’Arte. Following the completion of his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater with a focus in design and production from Coastal Carolina University and a season as a Journeyman Carpenter with The Santa Fe Opera, he joined the ADA family in August of 2015.

Will is a visual and performance artist, photographer, videographer and designer for theatre and dance. He is active as an artist and designer in Italy, with recent projects including Memento Chiostro, Vol. 2 (painting show) at the Biblioteca Comunale in Arezzo, WineTales (Lighting Designer/Technical Director) at the Azienda Avignonesi in Montepulciano in collaboration with Spazio Seme, Il Canarino (short film: Camera Dept/Director’s Assistant) with Cristina Valiani, and a still-untitled video art project (actor) with Franco Fedeli.

While in Santa Fe, he worked on the world premiere of Cold Mountain and the U.S. premiere of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen as well as several other critically-acclaimed operas; including co-productions with The San Francisco Opera, The Gran Teatre Liceu in Barcelona, Opera Philadelphia, Vancouver Opera, and The North Carolina Opera. His work has also been seen in the United States at New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater, The Warehouse Theater, and The Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

He is also a member of the CrisisART Collective.

WILL DAMERON

MFA Technical Coordinator

will.dameron@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 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

Undergraduate Programs and Marketing Associate

dory.sibley@dellarte.it

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