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Architect, set and costume designer, stage director.

Born in Venice. His theatrical training begins at School of Dramatic Art of the Teatro Stabile of Genoa, where he studies betwenn 1978 and1980.

He graduates in Architecture at the University of Genoa, with the thesis "Theatricality in the urban space", in 1983.

In 1984-1985 he studies scenography at Motley Theatre Design Course, directed by Percy Harris, at the Riverside Studios in London.

In 2013-2014 he joins the "Formation continue à la mise en scène", the training course in stage direction, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique in Paris, where he directs Bêtes, chiennes et autres créatures, by Luis Enrique Gutiérrez Ortiz Monasterio, a project supervised by Matthias Langhoff.

At C.N.S.A.D. he is also assistant director and set designer for Chantier Chantecler, by E. Rostand, directed by Xavier Gallais; and assistant director for S.A.D.E., directed by George Lavaudant, Theatre of Conservatory.

The collaboratio with Xavier Gallais continues in 2016, with the set design for A little too much is not enough for U.S., based on the works of 40 americans writers, written by Xavier Gallais and Florient Azoulay, then in 2018 withe the set design for Lower Yoknapatawpha, based on William Faulkner works, directed by Xavier Gallais, theatre of C.N.S.A.D, Paris.

In 2017 he design the set for the production "Le Songe de Don Quichotte", written and directed by Florient Azoulay, in occasion of the event Saut Hermès 2017, at the Grand Palais in Paris. In 2019-20 he is set and lighting designer for Le Fantôme de Aziyadé by Pierre Loti, directed by Florient Azoulay et Xavier Gallais, Avignon 2019, Lucernaire theatre, Paris 2020. In 2020 he designs the production Majorana 370, by Elisabeth Bouchaud et Florient Azoulay, directed by Xavier Gallais, Reine Blanche theatre, Paris.


In 2015 his work is published in the international catalogue "World Scenography 1990-2005", edited by OISTAT, to represent France along with other 16 set and costume designers, including Yannis Kokkos, Guy-Claude François, Richard Peduzzi, Jean-Marc Stehlé.



His career as a designer begins with the cinema. After his first film as a Production Designer, Nosferatu in Venice with Klaus Kinsky, in 1986, he works as assistant designer of Danilo Donati in Rome-Cinecittà for 5 years, for films of Liliana Cavani, Fedrico Fellini, Serghiei Bondarciuck.

Then he turns to the theatre and opera, working initially with Lele Luzzati and signing operas Ernani by Verdi, Romeo and Juliet by Gounod at the Martina Franca Festival, Medea by G. Pacini, at the Opera Giocosa in Savona, directed by Filippo Crivelli, Tamerlano by Vivaldi, directed by Elisabetta Courir at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, La Gazza Ladra by Rossini, directed by Gianfranco De Bosio at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

Collaboration with Danilo Donati also continues in opera production Zazà by R. Leoncavallo, directed by Filippo Crivelli at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

From 1986 to 1995, theatre works include Barbarians by Barrie Keeffe, directed by S. Baldacci at Teatro Duse, Genoa, La Parisienne de H. Becque, directed by Rossana Siclari at La Versiliana Festival, La bottega del caffè et Il bugiardo de Goldoni, directed by Gianfranco De Bosio at Campo S. Trovaso in Venice, I due gemalli veneziani, de Goldoni, directed by Giuseppe Emiliani, Borgio Verezzi Festival.


In 1996 he meets Gino Zampieri, director and collaborator of Giorgio Strehler at the Piccolo Teatro of Milan, who becomes director of the Théâtre Populaire Romand at La Chaux-de-Fonds, in Switzerland. He works closely with Gino Zampieri for 12 years, signing sets and costumes for theatre and opera, at TPR and others europeans theatres. Works for opéra include Le due Contesse by Paisiello, I due baroni by Cimarosa at the Teatro of Casalmaggiore, Don Quixote by Massenet, Stadttheater St. Gallen, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and L'elisir d'amore, I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Bellini, Theater Biel-Solothurn, La finta semplice by Mozart, Carmen by Bizet at the Théâtre l'Heure Bleue, La Chaux de Fonds.

For theatre he designs Good-bye Charlie by G. Axelrod, Teatro Manzoni in Milan, Cantate des jours impairs by E. De Filippo, Killer Joe by T. Letts, Georges Dandin by Molière, Jenny tout-court by M. Berretti, Hilarité bruyante by V. Hugo, La mienne s'appelait Régine by Pierre Rey, La Moscheta by Ruzante, L’ile des esclaves by Marivaux, Phedre by Racine, Theatre Populaire Romand, Harlequin servant of two masters by Goldoni, at Scala Theatre in Strasbourg.


Other set designs for theatre: The phantom of Canterville by O. Wilde, Christmas Carol by C. Dickens, Moka Cabaret by A. Bagnasco, directed by Enrico Campanati, Teatro Duse et Auditorium of Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa.


Around year 2000 he moves to France, where he begins working with Bruno Sachel, french director and author, on the productions Le Paradis by B. Sachel, The Well of the Saints by John Millington Synge, Theatre Equinoxe, Chateauroux.

In 2002 he is Production Designer for the film Tuscan Skies, with Andrea Bocelli, directed by Larry Weinstein.

Working for dance, in 2002 he designs the set of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, choreography of Patrice Bart, at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.

In 2005 and 2006 he works for the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, on the opera productions I Quatro Rusteghi by E. W. Ferrari, directed by Gino Zampieri, and La Bohème by Puccini, directed by Aldo Tarabella.

For the opera, in 2010 he designs the set for Il barbiere di Siviglia, director Claude Montagné, Festival de Sedières, and set and costumes for L'Enfant et les Sortilèges by Ravel, director Bénédicte Budan, Théâtre Debussy of Maison-Alfort, 2017.

In 2009 he designs sets for Désirs, the New Creation of Crazy Horse, direction and choreography by Philippe Decouflé.

He designs set and costumes for Pane, written and directed by Eleonora Marino, Emthéâtre, Le Centquatre, Paris, 2011; CRT - Milano, Teatro dell'Arte, Triennale di Milano 2015.


Working for the events, in 1999 he designs the set for the Festival of Cultures Suq a Genova, whose first edition takes place at the Loggia dei Mercanti in Genoa.

In 2006 he designs the new edition of the Festival Suq, which moves to the waterfront of the Porto Antico of Genoa, in the Piazza delle Feste, designed by Renzo Piano. Ever since, the Festival Suq takes place every year, until 2014.

He is actually designing two projects for a Permanent Suq, for the Loggia dei Mercanti, and for the Piazza delle Feste of the Porto Antico of Genoa.

He is also the author of a photo report for a publication about the Mediterranean cultures.

In 2007 the Suq is included in the exhibition catalogue "Squares in Europe, Squares for Europe", edited by the Urbanistic Department of University of Venice, and in 2011 the Suq obtains the patronage of UNESCO. www.suqgenova.it


Pedagogy also play an important role in his profession. From 1991 to 1995 he teaches in the "Master of Architecture for Performance" at the Faculty of Architecture and in the Theatre Design School of the Teatro della Tosse, in Genoa.

From 2009 to 2012 he teaches theatre design at the "Institut d’Etudes Théâtrales", Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3.


Exhibitions and international competitions:

selected for WSD 2005 (World Stage Design Competition 2005), Toronto, with the production La Source des Saints by J. M. Synge, published in "World Scenography 1990-2005".

Exhibits in "Time and Space" exhibition, Royal College of Arts, London, 1999.

First Prize of the "Opera Ascona Competition", with the project for William Tell by Rossini, Ascona, 1991.

Finalist in "The Linbury Prize for Stage Design", with the project for The Seagull by A. Chekov, Covent Garden Theatre Museum, London, 1987.