Elsinor Centro di Produzione Teatrale

(Milan, Forlì, Florence - Italy)

Elsinor is a centre for theatrical production. It creates shows and plays for theatres but also for specific locations (such as schools, museums, cathedrals, harbour canals or monumental cemeteries…).

As a touring company it has performed all around Italy and abroad, reaching North and South America, Africa, Asia, Oceania and, of course, the rest of Europe.

A composition of three different venues used by Elsinor Centro di Produzione Teatrrale

Elsinor is based in Milan, at the Teatro Fontana, but it is composed of two other local units, such as Teatro Cantiere Florida in Florence and Teatro Testori in Forlì, which was the first venue where the company was born in the Seventies, and in 2018 has finally been bought by Elsinor.

The three venues share the same commitment in exploring the new contemporary theatrical prose; they have created a synergie that let them exchange their experiences inspired by traditional and new approaches. They traditionally organise three kinds of seasons in each venue, namely shows for schools, for families and for adults. These programmes host both Elsinor’s productions and other companies‘ work from around Italy and abroad.

Besides shows Elsinor offers the audience presentation meetings, special events, post-show discussions, lectures, workshops and seminars for students, amateurs and professionals.

Moreover, in Milan Elsinor organises, in partnership with Teatro del Buratto, Segnali, one of the most important festivals of theatre for young audience in Italy.

PlayOn! Team
Gianluca Balestra, Project Manager
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1997-2000: associate for AMAT. 2001: he’s one of the founders of LEART (supervisor of the section Drama). 2002: he starts to oversee the network of a large number of performances, that he produced or co-produced; artistic director of Teatro Alaleona in Montegiorgio, Teatro Degli Angeli in Montelupone, Teatro Leopardi in San Ginesio and Teatro Civico in Norcia. 2004: professional partnership with Leo Muscato (winning of PREMIO ANCT). Since 2011 he works in collaboration with Elsinor and Gennaro Cannavacciuolo. 2012: he takes up the post of artistic consultant for Elsinor; director of Teatro Cantiere Florida in Florence. 2013: he enters the board of Elsinor. 2014: president of FIRENZE DEI TEATRI, a society coordinating the 18 theatres in the metropolitan area of Florence. 2015: General Manager in Elsinor, where he’s nominated the President in 2016.

Giuditta Mingucci, Management International Projects and Artistic Co-Director
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Born in Rimini, she graduated with honour in Classical Literature at the University of Bologna. Her theatrical training began in the Compagnia degli Scalpellini theatre laboratories then with other maestri, such as Antonio Latella, Letizia Quintavalla and Konrad Zschiedrich. She has worked professionally since 1997 and in 2000 she joined Elsinor Teatro, as both an actress and a playwright. In 2010 she started directing plays for young audience. Since 2012 she’s artistic director of the Teatro Testori, in Forlì, and artistic co-director of Elsinor, together with Gianluca Balestra, Stefano Braschi and Rossella Lepore. From 2014 to Jan 2017 she was a member of the national board of Assitej Italia. In September 2016 she’s been appointed artistic co-director (with Renata Coluccini) of Segnali, one of the most important festivals of theatre for young audience in Italy organized in partnership by Elsinor and Teatro del Buratto.

Andrea Ligabue, Game Expert
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Modena 1972. Married with Serena. Caterina (2001) and Francesco (2006) father. Master degree and Ph.D in Theoretical Chemistry at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. From 2006 employed as computer programmer for University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and assigned to the Game Science Research Center in November 2019. Artistic Director of Play – The Games Festival, Italian greatest games event, since his 1st edition back in 2008. Game’s reviewer and member of the International Gamers Awards committee is working with games from 2010 collaborating with designers and publishers including LEGO and Centro Studi Erickson. Game Based Learning and Game Design are his field of interest. Own more than 1500 board-games and several role-playing-games and videogames.

Martina Parenti, Marketing Manager
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is graduated in history of theatre and cinema at Pisa University.
Since 2013 she works in Elsinor as press officer, head of promotion and social media manager.
Martina also collaborates with Swiss Radio, she writes critical reviews for several swiss magazines and, since 2016, she works for Babel Literature Festival in Bellinzona.

Michele di Giacomo, Actor and director
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born in Cesena. Graduated as an actor at the “Scuola d’arte drammatica Paolo Grassi” in Milan in 2005. He interprets contemporary dramaturgy texts such as: Ritratto di donna araba che guarda il mare by Davide Carnevali, Trainspotting by Mouawad, Circeo il massacro by Elisa Casseri and Filippo Renda, Il generale by Emanuele Aldrovandi. In 2015 he founded in Cesena Alchemico Tre Company. The company divides its activity between: production of contemporary dramaturgy plays with the support of the theaters of Emilia-Romagna (including Ert, Ater, Cronopios) and cultural projects, with theatrical lab or theatre events with the young generations of Emilia Romagna in collaboration with Municipalities, Schools, Region and Associations.

Direction
Gianluca Balestra, General Manager
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Since 2015 Gianluca has been the General Manager in Elsinor, where he was nominated the President in 2016. In 2013 he enters the board of Elsinor, and in the Artistic Committee together with Stefano Braschi, Rossella Lepore and Giuditta Mingucci. Since 2012 he’s director of Teatro Cantiere Florida in Florence. 2014: president of FIRENZE DEI TEATRI, a society coordinating the 18 theatres in the metropolitan area of Florence. 2004: professional partnership with Leo Muscato (winning of PREMIO ANCT). In 2002 he started to oversee the network of a large number of performances, that he produced or co-produced; artistic director of Teatro Alaleona in Montegiorgio, Teatro Degli Angeli in Montelupone, Teatro Leopardi in San Ginesio and Teatro Civico in Norcia. 1997-2000: associate for AMAT. In 2001 he was one of the founders of LEART (supervisor of the section Drama).

 

Giuditta Mingucci, Management International Projects and Artistic Co-Director
Black and white headshot fo Giuditta Mingucci

Born in Rimini, she graduated with honour in Classical Literature at the University of Bologna. Her theatrical training began in the Compagnia degli Scalpellini theatre laboratories then with other maestri, such as Antonio Latella, Letizia Quintavalla and Konrad Zschiedrich. She has worked professionally since 1997 and in 2000 she joined Elsinor Teatro, as both an actress and a playwright. In 2010 she started directing plays for young audience. Since 2012 she’s artistic director of the Teatro Testori, in Forlì, and artistic co-director of Elsinor, together with Gianluca Balestra, Stefano Braschi and Rossella Lepore. From 2014 to Jan 2017 she was a member of the national board of Assitej Italia. In September 2016 she’s been appointed artistic co-director (with Renata Coluccini) of Segnali, one of the most important festivals of theatre for young audience in Italy organized in partnership by Elsinor and Teatro del Buratto.