Special guest Italian Playwrights Project (2016)
Stefano Massini (Florence, September 22, 1975) is an Italian playwright and director. With a degree in Ancient Literature from the University of Florence, he started his career in theater in 2000 as an assistant of Luca Ronconi at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, and as an assistant to international directors at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival. In 2005, with L'odore Assordante del Bianco, he won the Pier Vittorio Tondelli Award, the highest playwriting award in Italy. In 2004, he won the Flaiano Prize, and received a nomination at Vallecorsi Prize with La Fine di Shavuoth. With the 2005-2006 season, he began his collaboration with the Drama Centre "Theatre of Women" at Teatro Manzoni in Calenzano (Florence), developing the project Trittico delle Gabbie, among other productions. Inspired by the events following the 2008 economic crisis, between 2009 and 2012, Massini wrote his most ambitious and successful work, The Lehman Trilogy, translated into 14 languages. Staged for the first time in 2015 in Italy in an extended version by Luca Ronconi, The Lehman Trilogy has gained great success from critics and audiences and numerous prizes, including five Ubu Awards. Since May 2015 Stefano Massini is the new artistic advisor of the Piccolo Teatro of Milan, replacing his master Luca Ronconi, who died three months before.Renato Palazzi: Tumore, uno spettacolo desolato; Magick, autobiografia della vergogna; and L’Origine del mondo, ritratto di un interno. Her plays were published in French translation in 2017 by the prestigious publishing firm Actes Sud; they are forthcoming in Spanish translation.
Besides her numberous UBU awards, she won the Franco Enriquez Prize for directing and playwriting in 2012. Since 2014, she has taught playwriting at Scuola Civica Paolo Grassi, Milan.