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Anuschka Sophie Jaenicke holds a degree in Law from the University of Florence. After graduation she moved to Berlin where she started working as a manager in the educational field. Since then she has worked for organizations such as Campus Ruetli, Stiftung Zukunft Berlin and the Goethe-Institut in Turin. On top of this she deepened her education studying Business Development at Luiss Guido Carli where she completed the Executive Program Master in Sviluppo Manageriale focusing on Financial Planning, Marketing and Human Resources.


Executive  Director


Francesca Barbini was born in Arezzo in 1986. She holds a 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 and completed the bar exam. She worked in an accounting office in Arezzo learning to prepare financial documents and draft worker contracts.

Francesca assists the Executive Director serving as the reference point for technical and administrative issues as well as for legal and safety requirements. She is passionate about photography and sometimes she photographs the ADA performances.


Operations and Visas Manager


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.


Accounting and Admissions Associate


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.


Director of Admissions and Student Services

Robert Shryock

As Director of Communications and Recruiting, Bob Shryock directs and manages all marketing and US recruiting for the Accademia dell’Arte. Bob is also on faculty at ADA, where he teaches topics in Devising / Collaborative Creation, Physical Storytelling and Ensemble Dynamics. He also teaches on behalf of the ADA at colleges, universities and conferences around the US.

Originally from Manila, Philippines, Bob is a Director, Actor-creator, Teaching artist and Theatre-maker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is Producing Director of Ragged Wing Ensemble, an Oakland, California based theatre company focused on innovative, collaborative processes for creating dynamic performance. Bob is part-time faculty at Academy of Art University School of Acting (San Francisco, CA) where he teaches Mask, Pantomime and Clown. He also teaches Acting and Improvisation for the Academy at Bay Area Children’s Theatre.

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 for Lev Leytzan, a professional hospital clown organization.

Bob holds an MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte and studied Acting and Directing at Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY).

Bob is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), where he serves on the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Task Force and Steering Committee. He’s also a member of Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), Network of Ensemble Theatres (NET) and Theatre Bay Area (TBA). Bob recently directed the world premiere of GOLD: the Midas Musical, winner of the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best New Musical and finalist for the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical.


Director of Communications and Recruitment

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