Meet the founders and partners of umanism.
Founder and Artistic Directo
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 2009, 369gradi turned to producing, working every year for about fifty Italian artists and technicians on productions staged throughout Italy and abroad.
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.
Valeria Orani is curator with Frank Hentschker, Director of The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center of The Italian Playwrights Project. This is an ambitious new translation , performance, and publishing initiative now at its second edition.
On 2017 they also launched the American Playwrights Project, dedicated to promote American dramaturgy in Italy.