Meet the founders and partners of umanism.
IN UMANISM WE TRUST
The rebirth of civilization is an expression of will, intelligence, and the determination to overcome our difficulties. Culture, art, and creativity are expressions derived from our collective values and are the keys to open any human being’s heart; the antidotes for the uniformity of globalization. The return of our awareness toward these values is urgent, for the uniqueness they carry are the fundamental purposes of our human nature, and can create harmony amongst us and our natural environment.
Umanism is a movement representing the desire to open our lives through knowledge and research: two essential conditions for the development of a new Renaissance that coincides with the rhythm of our contemporary world.
Italian and European talents stems from culture of beauty and the fruit of our history. It is the element that characterizes us, as well as represents the true source that could lead to a rebirth in economic and social ethics.
Co-Founder and Creative Director and Project developer
Valeria began her career in culture and art management very early. In 1988 she attended a master program in Theatre Management and Administration directed by Fulvio Fo, managed by CEDAC and promoted by the Ministry of Tourism and ETI (Italian Theatre Foundation). In 1992, while completing her Modern Literature studies at the University of Cagliari, she was selected by the Amsterdam Felix Meritis for a Master in Performing Arts Management, where she helped to devise Netherlands cultural guidelines towards the Former Soviet Union, along with other students from Europe, the United States and Australia. From 1990 to 2003 she worked in public and private theatre institutions as Administrative Director, Coordinator and Executive Producer, following a large number of artistic projects. In 2003 Valeria founded 369gradi, a center for the promotion and distribution of Italian culture, to investigate new possibilities in contemporary art, performing arts and drama. Under her direction 369gradi became a fast-moving production, constantly fostering new collaborations and projects, some of which are already being developed for the 2015/2016 season. In 2014 she also established “The Wop Fellas” - a pilot project initiated within 369gradi - to promote Italian contemporary culture professionals from the art and crafts world in New York City. From the pilot developed into Umanism.
Born in the costal town on Livorno, Tuscany, Tommaso moved to Rome where he got his degree in acting at the National Film School/Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. He has since appeared in several full-length and short films, and toured in Italy and abroad with various European directors, including Jan Fabre and Eimuntas Nekrošius. He appeared in the short film "East River" next to Academy Award© winner Lupita Nyong'o. He regularly translates plays and collaborates with leading literary agencies including Arcadia & Ricono. He is the theatre editor for sillabe, a leading art publisher in Italy. His publications include LEAR by Edward Bond (minimum fax) and "La parola al Drammaturgo" by David Tuaillon (sillabe) and Calendar Girls (sillabe). He is a University of Cambridge Certified Teacher and Examiner, and has taught public speaking and English to managers in Italy and London. As an interpreter, he collaborates with several agencies in New York, working for Discovery Channel, Jaguar and Mini. When he is not playing a leading role with Umanism, Tommaso busies himself as Trip Leader and Hiring and Traning Mentor at Backroads. He is a member of ATA – American Translators Association.
Co-Founder and Artistic Associate
Trained as an actor, he made his debut as a playwright in 2002 with Quasi, commissioned by the European Social Forum. "Strong Hands" was his first play to be translated and performed to great acclaim throughout Europe. Commissions from the Todi Art Festival, the Phoenix Theatre of London, Teatro diRoma, Théâtre de la Ville of Paris and the Grec Fundaciò of Barcelona followed. His play "The City Beneath" had its New York debut at the Sage Theater in 2009. In the same year he also wrote and directed "Penelope in Groznyj" performed first at Berlin’s Kunsthaus Tacheles and was the only European guest at Bali's international Ubud Festival. In 2011 he won a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts of Paris and was invited by the Théâtre de la Ville to represent Italy in an International Writing Project. In the same year he was awarded the Siae Prize as best playwright at the Spoleto Festival. He created the project AdA (Author directing Author) with his friend and colleague Neil LaBute, for which he wrote "Things of this world" (2012, Spoleto Festival, Fringe Festival Madrid, La MaMa Theatre New York) and "The Second Time" (2014, Biennale Venice, La MaMa Theatre New York ) In 2013 the Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana organized a retrospective of his work for which he wrote and directed "I am Dracula". In 2013 Glory Kadigan directed the New York première of his play "Oil" for which he was presented with the Award for Outstanding Playwriting at the Planet Connections Theater Festivity Awards He is the founder and artistic director of Mixò, an international cultural center that brings together young actors and writers and promotes original works for stage and screen. His works have been translated and performed in six languages. In 2015 he was awarded the Writer Fellowship from the Edward Albee Foundation. Marco is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America Dramatists Guild of America and of the Playwrights/Directors Unit at the Actors Studio.
Italian and American Playwrights Project - Artistic Associate
A native of Philadelphia, Allison studied theatre at Rutgers University and was an M.F.A. graduate fellow in performance studies at Cornell.
She translated an excerpt of the book Stefano Massini’s “Something About the Lehmans” (Mondadori 2016) for a public reading inside the Italian Playwrights Project at the Martin E. Segal Theatre on December 2016. She followed that with a translation of Marco Calvani’s “After the Dark” for the Author directing Author Project at La Mama Experimental Theatre, where she also served as assistant director. Most recently, she translated Michele Santeramo’s “The Healer” for the upcoming publication of the first edition of Italian Playwrights Project by the Martin E.Segal Theatre Center – CUNY.
Currently, she is part of the collaboration team for the translation of Marta Abba’s book “Caro Maestro” for actress/producer Margherita Peluso.
Allison’s first play “Geeta and Sid go to Rome” was commissioned and given a public reading by the cultural group New York Italians™ through Fordham University at Lincoln Center (2015). Mario Fratti and Medicine Show Theatre followed with a second reading in 2016. Allison is a member of the Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and Dramatists Guild.
Adriana is a New York based international actress with a predilection for raw, socially involved. Work with avant-garde esthetics. Her favorite credit is “nowhere/now-here”, a devised play about the role of the immigrant artist which she created and produced (TheaterLab, NowHere Collective). She graduated from the conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio, class of 2014. Before coming to New York, she attended Bocconi University, in Milan, where she was a permanent member of the Bocconi Theatre Company, and where she co-founded the Bocconi International Theatre Group and produced its first season debuting with Neil Simon’s “Rumors”. Recent credits include “A Doll’s House” (Dorset Theatre Festival reading series), “There's Something About America” (a stage reading at The Actors Studio), “Uniform Justice” at The Fringe Festival. Adriana is a resident actress and Director of Development at John Gould Rubin’s The Private Theatre and resident actress and board member at Vieve Price's TEA Creative . Past training include the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and NIDA (Sydney). Adriana is honored to be on board with Valeria Orani's Umanism.