Since the 2021/22 season, the Piccolo has begun collaborating with fifteen Italian and international artists with a view to a new concept of theatre; a form of shared and continuous planning that is not limited to the production of shows, but also favours exchange, creation and cooperation. A creative, dynamic and complex community that renders the Piccolo a “home” to artists, in line with the aims of our founders Giorgio Strehler, Paolo Grassi and Nina Vinchi.
Writer, director and theorist, Davide Carnevali (Milan, 1981) earned a degree in Theatrical Theory at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His most famous works include: Variazioni sul modello di Kraepelin (2009) – awarded at the Theatertreffen Stückemarkt in Berlin, at the Riccione Theatrical Award, at the Prix de les Journées de Lyon des auteurs de théâtre –, Sweet Home Europa (2012), Ritratto di donna araba che guarda il mare (2013), Actes obscens en espai públic (2017), Menelao (2018). He has written and directed, among others, Maleducazione transiberiana (2018), Ein Porträt des Künstlers als Toter (2018), Lorca sogna Shakespeare in una notte di mezza estate (2019). Winner of the Hystrio Playwriting Award in 2018, he worked as a professor at the École des Maîtres for the 2020/21 year, and in 2021/22 he directed the “Writers under 40” workshop for the Venice Biennial. His works, which have been translated into fifteen languages, have been featured in international seasons and festivals. He is published in Italy by Einaudi, Sossella and Fandango Libri, and in France by Actes Sud. For the 2022/23 season, Carnevali is directing Ritratto dell’artista da morto and the shows for schools in the project Il teatro tiene banco.
Marta Cuscunà (Monfalcone, 1982) is a writer and visual theatre performer, and her work brings together activism and playwriting for puppets. In 2009 she won the Scenario per Ustica award with È bello vivere liberi!, the first chapter of Resistenze femminili, a trilogy that also includes La semplicità ingannata and Sorry boys. In Il canto della caduta she blends the ancient legend of Fanes with the principles of animatronics for manoeuvring puppets. Earthbound ovvero le storie delle Camille is a science-fiction monologue for actors and mechanical creatures, based on the latest eco-feminist essay by Donna Haraway, which the artist will be presenting for our 2022/23 season. Between 2009 and 2019 she worked with Fies Factory, an incubator-project for performance artists organised by Centrale Fies.
Marco D’Agostin (Valdobbiadene, 1987) is an artist in the field of dance and performance, winner of the Ubu Award as Best Performer under the age of 35. As an actor, he has worked with - among others - Claudia Castellucci, Alessandro Sciarroni, Liz Santoro, Boris Charmatz. Since 2010 he has developed his role as a guest choreographer in numerous international projects. He has presented his work at many of the most important European festivals and theatres (among others, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, The Place Theatre in London, Kampnagel in Hamburg, Santarcangelo, Romaeuropa, VIE, Torinodanza). In the summer of 2021, he debuted with two new creations: BEST REGARDS (nominated for UBU 20/21 for best dance show) as part of the Venice Biennial, and SAGA, created with the support of the prestigious New Settings programme by the Hermes Foundation as part of the Festival Rencontres chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris. In October he debuted in Florence in Virgilio Sieni’s space Cango, with the show Gli anni, co-produced by the Piccolo.
Davide Enia (Palermo, 1974) is a director, playwright, actor and author. His performances have won him some of the most important national and international awards (the Ubu, the Tondelli, the Le Maschere del Teatro award and the Mondello Award in Italy, and the Prix du Premier Roman Étranger and the Prix Brignoles in France). His theatrical works are Italia-Brasile 3 a 2 (2002), maggio ’43 (2004), L’abisso (2018). He is the author of various book and novels, including Così in terra (Dalai, 2012) and Appunti per un naufragio (Sellerio, 2017). Since 2022 he has held the post of resident artist at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d’Europa. Davide Enia is participating in our 2022/23 season with Italia-Brasile 3 a 2. Il ritorno, which celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the play, and is directing the production Eleusi.
Liv Ferracchiati (Todi, 1985) is a writer, director and performer. He graduated from the Civic School of the Teatro Paolo Grassi, Milan, in 2014, and the following year founded his theatrical company, The Baby Walk, simultaneously creating Trilogia sull’Identità dedicated to the theme of gender identity. In 2016 he began collaborating with the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria and made his debut with Todi is a small town in the center of Italy. The second chapter of the Trilogia, Stabat Mater, won the Hystrio scritture di Scena 2017 award, and the third chapter, Un eschimese in Amazzonia won the Scenario 2017 award. Todi is a small town in the center of Italy, Peter Pan guarda sotto le gonne and Stabat Mater were selected for the 2017 Theatrical Biennial. At the 2020 Theatrical Biennial, La tragedia è finita, Platonov received a special mention. His first novel, Sarà solo la fine del mondo (Marsilio Editori) was published in 2020. For the 2022/23 season, Ferracchiati is directing his first production for the Piccolo, HEDDA.GABLER. come una pistola carica, the text of which is published by il Saggiatore.
Caroline Guiela Nguyen
Writer and director for both the screen and the stage, Caroline Guiela Nguyen (Nice, 1981) attended the National Theatrical School in Strasbourg and, in 2009, founded the company Les Hommes Approximatifs. This led to the production of Se souvenir de Violetta (2011), Ses mains and Le bal d’Emma (2012), Elle brûle (2013), Le Chagrin (2015), Mon grand amour (2016). She collaborated with Joël Pommerat and Jean Ruimi for Désordre d’un futur passé (2015) and Marius (2017), which were staged in the prison of Arles. Nel 2016, together with Alexandre Plank and Antoine Richard, she produced Le Chagrin (Julie et Vincent), winning the Prix Italia in the Radio Drama category. Saigon (2017), which has toured at least fifteen countries over the last five years, has won the Georges Lerminier del Syndicat de la Critique award. 2019 saw the beginning of Fraternité, a cycle of three projects comprising of Les Engloutis (short film, 2021); FRATERNITÉ, Conte fantastique (Festival d’Avignon, 2021), staged at the Strehler in January 2023, and Kindheitsarchive (Schaubühne, 2022).
Christiane Jatahy (Rio de Janeiro, 1968) is a writer, playwright and cinema director. A degree graduate in theatre and journalism, she later specialised in Art and Philosophy. Since 2003, her body of work has concentrated on exploring the confines between artistic disciplines, reality and fiction, actor and character, and theatre and cinema. In 2022 she was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in the Theatre at the Venice Biennial. She is currently associate artist at Centquatre-Paris, Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, Schauspielhaus Zürich, ArtsEmerson Boston and the Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa. After a guest appearance at the Presente indicativo Festival (2022) with Entre chien et loup, Christiane Jatahy returns to the Piccolo with the co-production Depois do silêncio, which will be staged in May 2023 at the Studio Melato.
lacasadargilla brings together with Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli (writer and director), Alessandro Ferroni (director and sound designer), Alice Palazzi (actor and project coordinator) and Maddalena Parise (researcher and visual artist), a shifting group of actors, musicians, playwrights and visual artists who work on shows, installations, special projects, concerts, curation projects and festivals. When the Rain Stops Falling (2019) won three Ubu awards – including Best Director – and the National Theatrical Critics’ award. L’amore del cuore made its debut in May 2021, with the widespread approval of critics and a nomination for the Ubu Award. In collaboration with Marta Cuscunà and Marco D’Agostin, lacasadargilla created the curation project Ogni volta unica la fine del mondo for our 2020/21 summer season. In the wake of Uno spettacolo per chi vive in tempi di estinzione (2022), 2022/23 will see the ensemble producing its second show for the Piccolo: Anatomia di un suicidio by Alice Birch, staged in February 2023. Both works are published in the series by il Saggiatore.
Marcus Lindeen (Ängelholm, Sweden, 1980) is a writer and director for the stage and screen. Having studied in Stockholm, he debuted in 2006 with Regretters, a theatrical text and documentary film dedicated to the story of two Swedish men who discuss their return journey of double sex reassignment. The pièce and the film have both won numerous awards, as have the following works by Lindeen: Glorious Accidents (film, 2011), The Archive of Unrealized Dreams and Visions (theatre, 2012), A Generation Lost (theatre, 2013), The Raft (film, 2018), Wild Minds (theatre, 2017), L’Aventure invisible (theatre, 2020), with the last two works being presented for the first time in Italy at the Presente indicativo Festival (May 2022). His Trilogia delle identità has been published by the Piccolo in collaboration with il Saggiatore.
Translated and performed in more than thirty countries, Stefano Massini (Florence, 1975), defines himself as a diviner of stories told in all possible forms, as is the case in his theatrical texts, in his work for television, in the “la Repubblica” newspaper, in novels and in essays. His work has been directed by the likes of Luca Ronconi and the Oscar-winning Sam Mendes. Qualcosa sui Lehman (2016) was one of the most acclaimed novels of recent years (Campiello, SuperMondello, De Sica, Prix Médicis Essai, Prix Meilleur Livre Étranger). His latest books are Dizionario inesistente (Mondadori, 2018), Ladies Football Club (Mondadori, 2019), Eichmann. Dove inizia la notte (Fandango Libri, 2020), Manuale di sopravvivenza. Messaggi in bottiglia d’inizio millennio (Il Mulino, 2021). The first Italian to win a Tony Award, with Lehman Trilogy, Massini continues to tell his Storie (stories), a production that is returning to the stage of the Piccolo for the fifth time next June.
Pier Lorenzo Pisano
Director and writer for the screen, stage and print, Pier Lorenzo Pisano (Naples, 1991) graduated in directing at the Centro Sperimentale, Rome. He made his debut with the short film Così in terra (2018), presented at the 71st Cannes Festival and officially selected for the Nastro d’Argento, nominated for a Golden Globe and selected at more than fifty international festivals. His second short film, Antiorario (2019), was produced and presented at the 72nd Festival of Locarno. In the same year, he directed the Italian theatrical production of Per il tuo bene and is a residential writer at the New York Theatre Workshop and the Royal Court Theatre. His theatrical texts have been translated into twelve languages and his work has been presented as part of the programme for the 72nd Avignon Festival, in the Forum des Nouvelles Écritures Dramatiques Européennes. He is the recipient of the most important Italian awards for new playwriting and dramaturgy, including the Riccione - Pier Vittorio Tondelli, Solinas and Hystrio Awards. 2022 saw the publishing of his first novel Il buio non fa paura (NN Editore). For the Piccolo, he directed Carbonio, winner of the 56th Riccione Theatre Award, published with il Saggiatore, which returned to the stage in February 2023.
Pascal Rambert (Nice, 1962) is writer, choreographer and director for the cinema and theatre. A partner and resident artist for a number of European theatres (including Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, El Pavón Teatro Kamikaze of Madrid, the National Theatre of Strasbourg and the Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa), he has created plays that have been presented in Europe, Central and South America, North Africa, Russia, Asia and the Middle East. His works have received many awards, and have been translated and published in English, Russian, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Croatian, Slovenian, Polish, Portuguese, Danish, Spanish, Catalan, Dutch, Thai, Czech and Greek. After being invited as a guest at the Presente indicativo Festival (2022) with Deux amis, the text of which has been published with il Saggiatore, Rambert directed the co-production Prima, the first chapter of a trilogy created for the Piccolo.
Tiago Rodrigues (Lisbon, 1977) co-founded the theatrical company Mundo Perfeito in 2003 together with Magda Bizarro. He regularly takes part in international festivals (Festival d’Automne, France; the METEOR Festival, Norway; Theaterformen, Germany; Festival TransAmériques, Canada; Kunstenfestivalsdesarts, Belgium). His most important works include By Heart, António e Cléopatra, Bovary, The way she dies, Sopro, Please Please, Catarina e a beleza de matar fascistas. He served as director of the Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II in Lisbon from 2015 to 2021. In May 2022, as part of the Festival Presente indicativo, he presented Dans la mesure de l’impossible, a show co-produced with the Piccolo. The text of the play has been published together with il Saggiatore in the book Teatro dedicated to him. He has held the post of director of the Festival d’Avignon since September 2022.
Performer, playwright, director, dancer and illustrator, Federica Rosellini (Treviso, 1989), after having studied singing and violin, graduated from the Piccolo School under the direction of Luca Ronconi. She has been directed, among others, by Luca Ronconi, Antonio Latella, Andrea de Rosa, and Gerard Watkins. She has won the Hystrio Award for Vocation, the Ubu Best Actress Under 35 Award, the Hystrio Mariangela Melato Award and the Virginia Reiter Best Actress Under 35 Award. In 2015, together with Francesca Manieri, she founded the company Ariel dei Merli. In 2017 she took the lead role in the film Dove cadono le ombre, directed by Valentina Pedicini, for which she won the Nuovo Imaie Talent Award as emergent actress at the 74th Venice Festival of Cinema. In 2021 she performed in the lead role in Hamlet by Antonio Latella, produced by the Piccolo and re-staged during the 2022/23 season, she directed Ivan e i cani by Hattie Naylor, and published her first book, Carne Blu (Giulio Perrone Editore), which she also illustrated. The book served as the basis for the play of the same name presented during the 2021/22 season, her first time directing for the Piccolo.
Sotterraneo is a theatrical research collective that was founded in Florence in 2005 and that, over time, has works with a range of stage formats; plays, site-specific performances, opera directing, projects for children and talk shows. The group’s productions - characterised by an avant-pop approach that is a balance between collective concepts and philosophical ideas - have been staged by many of the most important national and international festivals and theatres, over the years receiving numerous forms of characterised by an including the Lo Straniero Award, the Hystrio Award, the Be Festival First Prize, the Silver Laurel Wreath Award/Sarajevo MESS Festival and two Ubu Awards including one for Overload for “show of the year 2018”. Sotterraneo is part of the Fies Factory project organised by Centrale Fies and is a resident collective at the Theatrical Association of Pistoia. After having participated in two summer seasons at the Piccolo with its Talk Show, the collective presented a personal show composed of Shakespearology, Overload and L’Angelo della Storia.