Italian – New Zealand Collaboration Project

The Director – Gianluca Barbadori


Professional actor since 1988, he speaks Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English and some Greek.

He worked with: Orazio Costa, Hal Yamanouchi, Giancarlo Sorgi, Stefano Vercelli, Luisa Pasello, Silvia Pasello, François Kahn, Alessandro Tognon, Sandro Lombardi, Laura Colombo, Anton Adassinskij, Anne Zènour, Roberto Bacci, Andrea Taddei, Paolo Billi e Dario Marconcini, Carlos Alsina, Marco di Stefano, Brigitte Christensen and many others. From 1989 to 1996 he collaborated and worked in the CSRT of Pontedera (PI).

He continued his career independently, working, among others, in Italy with the Teatro Stabile delle  Marche and with Inteatro Festival in Polverigi, with Festival di Volterra, and also with CRT of Milano, CSS of Udine, Metastasio Teatro Stabile della Toscana, Teatro Biondo of Palermo; in Serbia with National Theatre and Bitef Teatar of Belgrade; in Ecuador with Teatro “Sanchez Aguilar” of Guayaquil.

In 1992 he worked for a short period in Pontedera at the “Workcenter de Jerzy Grotowsky and Thomas Richards”. The work was leaded by Thomas Richards and Jerzy Grotowski himself.

Director and Pedagogue

As a director (around 125 plays directed in 26 years, in Arab, Chinese, English, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish) his plays were realized and presented in different cities of Angola, Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Perù, San Salvador, Serbia, UK, Uruguay and US (Asia Society of NY).

He currently directs the group “El Hormiguero Teatro” of Bogota, and “Ponte tra Culture Colombia” in Colombia.

In 2015 he is cofounder of the serbian social and theatre group “Open Circle Novi Sad”, which whom is permanently collaborating.

He also collaborates with artists, groups and institutions of different countries such as: “Djokaju Generacion Afro” and “Fundaciòn Arte sin Fronteras” (Bogotà, Colombia), “La Coperacha” (Guadalajara, Mexico), “Teatro dei Venti” (Modena, Italy).

He has directed theatre workshops in different Festivals and cities in Italy and in other Countries such as Argentina (Buenos Aires, Rosario, Bahìa Blanca, Casilda, Villa la Angostura, Pergamino among others), Uruguay (Montevideo), Brazil (“Ponte entre Culturas” in Belo Horizonte in 2005; “Winter Festival” in Diamantina – Minas Gerais in 2007; “Palco Italia” in Belo Horizonte and Ibirité – Minas Gerais in 2008; “FilteBahia” in Salvador de Bahia in 2018) and Colombia (in the 1st V.I.C.A.E. of Cali in 2014 and in the “Festival de Teatro Iberoamericano de Bogotá”, where he directed workshops for 6 consecutive editions, from 2008 to 2018); in Ecuador (Guayaquil); Guatemala (Guatemala City); Mexico (Guadalajara); Serbia (Novi Sad and Beograd); Hungary (Budapest and Sakaci)..

He has taught acting, as a guest teacher, in Bogotà, both in the School of the National Theatre “La casa del Teatro” (2013) and in the “Academia de Artes Guerrero” (2013-2017-2018).

He still directs the social project with adolescents “Bendita Agua Maldita” in Bellavista, Soacha (Bogotà); a project born in 2014 and produced by “Fundacion Arte sin Fronteras” and “Academia de Artes Guerrero”.

In 2015 was one of the 2 Foreign Invited Directors of “Facultad de Artes – ASAB – Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas”, the Theatre and Dance University of Bogotà (Colombia).

Since 2015 he’s permanent invited Teacher of acting in the “Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Nico Pepe“ in Udine, Italy.

In 2016 was Foreigner Theatre Director invited for a workshop by “Bilgi University” of Istanbul (Turkey).

In 2019 was invited by the “Foundation 2021” of Novi Sad (Serbia) to train social art workers for the project “Novi Sad European Capital of Culture 2021”.

In 2019 was invited as a Director for a social project in Luanda (Angola), to be developed for the “First Bienal of Luanda – Pan African Peace Forum”.

In 2020 was Theatre Director invited by the “East 15 Acting School – University of Essex” for the “World Program” in Southend on Sea (London, UK).

He has been working as a teacher since 1994 in different countries, working on projects involving civil and/or social communities as well as young actors and professional artists and groups.

Since 1998 he has been working in different countries on projects based on theatre skills aimed at adolescents and youngsters living a situation of social risk and/or a condition of marginality, especially with youth aged between 14 and 20 years.

In Ancona (Italy), he was the educational director of the “Permanent Theatre Laboratory” of the Lyceum “G. Galilei” (from 1998 to 2009), and he worked in several schools of the city (Liceo Pedagogico, IPC Istituto Tecnico, Liceo Artistico).

He also collaborated with UICI (Italian Union of the Blind) of Ancona for projects of theater pedagogy and staging.

In Ancona also worked with groups of factory workers; women; immigrants: “Teatropolis Laboratorio Teatrale Interculturale” (from 2005 to 2016) and the “Intercultural Permanent Theatre Lab Teatropolis Giovani “, aimed at teenagers and young people (from 2009 to 2014). The two “Teatropolis” laboratories were currently attended by about 50 people, between adults and young, from 23 different ethnic groups from Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latinoamerica, Europe.

In 2005 he began in Ancona and in the Marche Region the realization in Italy of projects aimed at violence prevention (particularly in relation to gender violence) through the theatre work, with institutional partners and also, in the beginning, with Amnesty International. This activity continues nowadays, with different groups and projects in different Countries, whenever it’s possible.

Annex – Other activities

In 1992 he cofounded with Marco Abbondanza and Renzo Barsotti the Portuguese-Italian Festival “Sete Sois, Sete Luas”.

In 1993 in Pontedera (Italy) he cofounded with Andrea Kaemmerle and Adriano Miliani the “Guascone Teatro” company.

From 1995 to 1999, in Ancona, he directed the School for Theatre and Actorial Training “Laboratorio Teatro Terra”. In 1999 he founded the International Association “Un Ponte due Culture” (now “Ponte tra Culture” Società Cooperativa) of which he is still the Artistic Director.

From 1993 to 1999 he directed the Festival “Humana Eventi” in Numana (AN) and from 1995 to 1998 he was the Artistic Director of the artistic summer seasons in the town of Sirolo (AN) that hosted over 180 plays, concerts, shows and performances.

From 1997 to 2001 he was the Artistic Director of the “Centro Studi Franco Enriquez” in Sirolo (An).

Since 1998 to 2011 he was the creator and the Artistic Director of the bilateral Festival “Un Ponte tra Culture” (“A Bridge between Cultures”; 24 editions in 4 Countries), which involved artists and institutions from Italy, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

Besides collaborating with Italian government institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Guatemala, Hungary, Mexico, Panama, Perù, San Salvador, Serbia and Uruguay, in these countries he has also developed projects with many other cultural and social institutions, among others:

– In Argentina with the Fundación “Por la Boca”, the NGO “ICEI”, the  “PUPI Foundation”, with “Fedemarche” and “Femacel”,  with the “Dante Alighieri” Association of Buenos Aires and Rosario,  and the “Centre blind Theatre” of Buenos Aires. In the period 2003-2009 he directed the “Bilingual Actoral Laboratory for Theatre and Education” in Buenos Aires.

– He carried out various projects of theatre in Italian Lenguage and of Theatre Education for students and teachers also in the Italian School “Cristoforo Colombo” of Buenos Aires and the “Dante Alighieri” Italian School of Rosario (Argentina), in the Italian School “Leonardo da Vinci” and in the Italian Cultural Institute in Bogotà (Colombia), in the Italian School ”Fundacao Torino” of Belo Horizonte (Brazil), in the Italian school “Pietro della Valle” of Teheran (Iran), in the University of Filology of the Podgorica University based in Niksic (Montenegro)..

In Italy he has worked and is still working with several municipalities in the Province of Ancona (The Marche Region), in the Regions Emilia-Romagna (Modena), Lombardia (Milan), Toscana (Campi Bisenzio – Firenze; Pontedera – Pisa; Prato – Prato).

In particular, in the city of Prato he has being developing from 2010 to 2012 a project with the Chinese community, performing theater courses aimed at social integration with Italians and other foreigners people, and staging in Chinese or Chinese/Italian.

The Chinese/multicultural group of Prato performed his plays (in Chinese language or in several mixed lenguages), in Prato, Roma, New York.