Valeria Orani: by the time she moved to New York in 2015, Valeria Orani had served as administrative director, coordinator, and producer in public and private Italian theatre institutions, and had provided support to a large number of artistic projects. She had established herself as a well-known promoter and producer of Italian creative talent through 369gradi, which she founded in 2003 as a center for innovative services to promote and distribute Italian culture, particularly contemporary art and the performing arts. In 2014, Valeria Orani established a transoceanic pilot project which aimed to promote the work of professionals in the contemporary world of Italian arts and crafts in New York City. She founded Umanism LLC in 2015. “Umanism” is the crasis or combination of the Italian word “umanesimo” and the English word “humanism.” Umanism functions as an open platform to support European arts in New York City and American arts in Italy. www.umanism.com and www.369gradi.it
Frank Hentschker, who holds a Ph.D. in theatre from the now legendary Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, Germany, came to the Graduate Center in 2001 as program director for the Graduate Center’s Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and was appointed to the central doctoral faculty in theatre in 2009.
Currently executive director and director of programs at the Segal Center, Hentschker has transformed the center into the nation’s leading forum for public programming in international and U.S. theatre and theatre studies; each year, he curates and produces more than forty events—staged readings, lecture-demonstrations, symposia, works-in-progress, and conversations with theatre scholars, theatrical luminaries, and emerging voices in the international, American, and New York theatre scenes. Among the vital events and series he founded at the Segal Center are the World Theatre Performance series; the annual fall PRELUDE festival, which features more than twenty New York–based theatre companies and playwrights; and the PEN World Voices Playwrights Series. Hentschker also led CUNY’s nineteen performing arts centers in founding the CUNY–Performing Arts Consortium (C–PAC), producing the consortium’s first joint festival in 2009.
Patricia Gaborik (translator and coordinator - Italian and American Playwrights Project) was born in Wisconsin but has lived for over a decade in Rome, where she teaches courses in dramatic literature, playwriting, and acting at the American University and the National Academy of Dramatic Arts "Silvio D'Amico." A playwright, translator, and theatre historian with degrees from Northwestern (BS), The University of California - Santa Barbara (MA), The University of Wisconsin (PhD) and the Sapienza University of Rome (Dottorato di ricerca),she primarily studies the late 19th and early twentieth century and is particularly interested in the historical avant-garde and the politics of performance; in addition to several articles, she is the author of a monograph on Mussolini and the theatre and editor of Pirandello in Context, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Patricia is currently editing a volume of modern Italian drama in English translation for Italica Press, and her English version of Massimo Bontempelli's
Watching the Moon had its Off-Off Broadway premiere in November 2018. Her own plays have been published and staged both in the US and Italy; most recently, Finishing the Kitchen and Down the Aisle were produced by the English Theatre of Rome. She is proud to have collaborated with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, and is thrilled to be working with Umanism's Italian and American Playwrights Project.
Adriana Rossetto (translator and coordinator - Italian Playwrights Project): Adriana is an international actress with a predilection for raw, socially progressive work with avant-garde esthetics. She graduated from the conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio, class of 2014. Recent credits include Post:Death, directed by Theresa Buchheister at The Brick Theatre (Title:Point), A Doll House (Dorset Theatre Festival reading series), Rocco Chelsea Adriana Sean Claudia Gianna Alex (a stage reading at The Actors Studio) - opening at HERE Arts Center in February 2019. Adriana is a resident actress and Director of Development at John Gould Rubin’s The Private Theatre, resident actress and board member at Vieve Price's TEA Creative and Artistic Associate of Valeria Orani’s Umanism. Past training include the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and NIDA (Sydney).
Valeria Di Giuliano (coordinator American Playwrights Project) is a cultural operator, a literary scout and a translator. She has been involved in theater for ten years with particular attention to the English-speaking and Portuguese-speaking dramaturgy.
Valeria worked as a model between Rome and Milan and studied acting. She graduated at La Sapienza University in Languages and Translation, translating from Brazilian to Italian the musical comedy "Ópera do malandro" by Chico Buarque in collaboration with the author. She studied new media communication and event promotion and she has been writing articles about theater and culture on La Voce di New York.
She is currently involved in communication and promotion of events, in particular in the theatrical field, contributing to the diffusion of foreign contemporary dramaturgy in Italy and vice versa and facilitating the liaison among institutions and cultural organizations in the world for the realization of international artistic projects.
She was a member of the jury for the Mario Fratti Award for In Scena! in 2018.
About Umanism NYC: Umanism is a company dedicated to the promotion and support of contemporary Italian culture and its professionals in New York. A movement, an open platform connecting Italy to the USA recognizing and expanding the creative potential of projects by Italian artists, supporting them in each step of the production and communication in the larger and more challenging context of New York www.umanism.com
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center: The Segal Center bridges the gap between the academic and performing arts communities through dynamic public programs and digital initiatives that are free and open to all. Home to theatre artists, scholars, students, performing arts managers, and the local and international performance communities, the Segal Center provides a supportive environment for conversation, open exchange, and the development of new ideas and new work. Year round, the Center presents a wide variety of FREE public programs which feature leading national and international artists, scholars, and arts professionals in conversation about theatre and performance. Programs include staged readings to further the development of new and classic plays, festivals celebrating New York performance (PRELUDE) and international plays (PEN World Voices), screenings of performance works on film, artists in conversation, academic lecture series, televised seminars, symposia, and arts in education programs. In addition, the Center maintains its long-standing visiting-scholars-from-abroad program, publishes a series of highly regarded academic journals, as well as single volumes of importance (including plays in translation), all written and edited by renowned scholars. www.theSegalCenter.org
About 369gradi Contemporary Culture Production: In 2003, Valeria Orani founded "369gradi", a production and curatorial company as well as a Center for the promotion and distribution of Italian culture, based in Rome, Italy. "369gradi" mission is to investigate new possibilities in contemporary art, performing arts and drama. In 2013 alone 369gradi produced over 12 award-winning ensembles pieces, presented at major Italian theatres and festivals. www.369gradi.it
Italian Cultural Institute NY: Founded in 1961, the Italian Cultural Institute of New York is an office of the Italian government, dedicated to the promotion of Italian language and culture in the United States through the organization of cultural events.
Under the guidance of its trustees at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its advisory board, and its staff, the Italian Institute of Culture of New York conforms to this commitment by fostering the cultural exchange between Italy and the US in a variety of areas, from the arts to the humanities to science.
American University of Rome: Since 1969, the American University of Rome has provided an American liberal arts education to students from all over the world seeking a unique and extraordinary educational experience. It is the oldest American degree-granting institution in Rome, Italy and currently offers 10 Bachelor (B.A.) Degrees and 3 Master (M.A.) degrees. All programs are taught in English.