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Anuschka Sophie 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 Educational Science from the Freie Universitaet of Berlin 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.


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, the Director of Operations, 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.


General Administrative Assistant and Visas Coordinator


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.


Operations and Finance 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. 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.


Director of Communications and Recruitment


Chris Truini was born in New York City and raised in rural Roxbury, Connecticut. He is a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where he received a BA in Theatre and Dance Studies with department distinctions for excellence in acting. During the fall of his senior year, Chris came to Arezzo as a student of the Physical Theatre program before using what had learned the next semester in his thesis: co-directing and acting in a production of Carlo Goldoni’s Servant of Two Masters. Shortly after graduation, Chris returned to the ADA as the Undergraduate Technical Coordinator and Marketing Associate.

In addition to his undergraduate degree, Chris has studied acting and stage movement in Moscow, Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre School, the Konstantin Raikin School of Higher Arts, and privately with Andrei Shchukin of the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute.
Since returning to Italy, Chris has been spending his free time studying and teaching contact improvisation, and eating as much as humanly possible.


Technical Coordinator


Becca Canziani is from Westchester County, New York. A recent graduate of Muhlenberg College, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Acting Concentration) and a minor in Film Studies. While at Muhlenberg, Becca was a four year member, music arranger and Musical Director of the all female a capella group The Girls Next Door. Most recent acting credits include roles in Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre and The Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Becca has worked as a Director and Choreographer for children’s theatre at Random Farms Kids Theater and KJK Productions. She has also been the Costume Designer at The Broadway Workshop in NYC. In her free time Becca likes to play guitar, sing and eat all the fresh mozzarella she can find. Becca completed the Physical Theatre program at the Accademia dell’Arte in Fall 2015, and enjoyed her time so much, she returned this Fall 2017 as the Student Life Coordinator.


Student Life Coordinator


Linda attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and graduated in 1982 with a focus on International Studies. During her undergraduate studies she travelled widely in Europe and elsewhere, and earned a major in the German language.

She also earned a certificate in Information Technology at UALR in 1999. She assisted in founding the Accademia dell’Arte and became Managing Director in 2003. Travel is still her main interest; also film, film festivals, and outdoor activities. Linda has been involved in her community by serving as President of the Board of the Bess Chisum Stephens YWCA in 1988-1989, as Chairman of the Little Rock Sister Cities Commission in 2005 and 2006, and as a volunteer for various organizations. She is currently a member of the Boards of the Hall High School Alumni Association, and the Film Society of Little Rock.

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