The Italian and American Playwrights Project has three principal goals:

  • To raise the awareness of contemporary Italian and American writing for the stage in the Americas  and in Italy and to foster the development of collaborative relationships between playwrights from Italy and American theatre artists and vice versa

  • To facilitate the collaborations between the authors, translators, directors, actors, publishers, and producers through workshops, meetings
    and exchanges in Italy and in US

  • The publication of a translated anthology of the selected plays

    read more about the project


Italian and American Playwrights Project is curated by Valeria Orani (Umanism NYC / 369gradi) and Frank Hentschker (Martin E. Segal Theatre Center / Graduate Center CUNY)

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Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of Italian and American Playwrights Project are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


Helping Italian Artists Create Opportunity in the United States: Valeria Orani and “Umanism”

IAPP - 1st edition (photo by Selene Candido)

IAPP - 1st edition (photo by Selene Candido)


The Gift of Eternity: A Conversation with Umanism Founder Valeria Orani


from The Play Company website (

Promoting theatre between Italy and NYC - Organizzare teatro tra l’Italia e NYC

APP - 1st edition (photo courtesy by American University of Rome)

APP - 1st edition (photo courtesy by American University of Rome)

from DOPPIOZERO (interview by Rossella Menna)

Valeria’s initiative is the most significant Italian playwright project in the last two decades in the Americas, and we are honored to be able to support this project
— Dr. Frank Hentschker Segal Center Executive Director
Collaborating with the Italian Playwrights Project has allowed us to bring contemporary Italian theater and the theory and practice of stage translation to life for our students.
— Daniel Leisawitz, Assistant Professor of Italian and Director of the Italian Studies Program, Muhlenberg College