Elena
Vannoni
Director, Artistic Director

After graduating in Stage Directing from the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte DrammaticaSilvio D’Amico” in Rome (ITALY), she worked with several eminent Italian actors and directors, receiving the Premio Nazionale delle Arti as Best Director in 2005. She worked for more than 10 years between Rome, Berlin and Los Angeles, where she is now a permanent resident, after being granted a Green Card as an alien of extraordinary abilities.

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Alessia
Patregnani
Actress, Producer

ALESSIA PATREGNANI is an Italian actress. She currently  resides in Los Angeles where she is involved in several projects as a performer and producer. She achieved  a solid experience in music, theatre and dance by working with significant directors , visual artists and  composers both in Italy and Los Angeles.

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Francesca
Penzani
Dancer, Actress

FRANCESCA N. PENZANI was born and raised in Bergamo, Italy where she started her theatre studies at Teatro Viaggio and Comuna Baires (Milano).

In England she studied at London Contemporary Dance School and worked Independently as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, video maker.

Francesca continued her studies at California Institute of the Arts (MFA ’97) where since 1999 she is teaching Dance for the Camera, Integrated Media and Creative Dance for Children for CAP, CAPSA.

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Tomaso
Marcolla
Visual Artist

Tomaso Marcolla was born in 1964, in Trento, Italy, where he currently lives and works. Graduated from the Art Institute of Trento, he began to work as graphic designer in 1985. A member of the AIAP (Italian Association for the planning of visual communication) and member of BEDA (Bureau of European Designers Associations). He begins to experiment his passion for art with watercolors, “also applying them on non-traditional backgrounds, from Japanese paper to chalk.” Later, his works become a fusion between graphic, pictorial, digital art and illustration, creating ainteresting relationship, a technical and communicative interchange between the professional and artistic activity.

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David
Fernandez
Assistant Director

David Fernandez grew up between California and the Mexican state of Michoacán. He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and a concentration in Performance. Previous translations include Carlos Valle’s “3 poems about…” series. In 2006 he was awarded the prize “Premio FIL Joven” for short story by the International Book Fair of Guadalajara.

Simona
Nastase
Actress, Executive Producer

Simona Nastase is a Romanian actress with a business background.
Simona finished drama school in Romania where she was one of the best students trained after the Stanislavski acting method. Her passion for acting made her move to London and pursuing her acting career. She trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts where she was awarded a Master Degree in Acting by University of Greenwich. In the same time she acted as a Facilitator in the business environment and delivered corporate training all around the Europe.

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Gemma
Sonego
Producer

Gemma is an architect, independent curator and gallery owner. From 2004 she lives in Los Angeles and practices her curatorial activity, conveying her passion and beliefs in the function that Art must have in the society.

During a trip in Berlin in 2008, she met Elena Vannoni and had the privilege to attend Bisse – the german version of Bites by Kay Adshead – staged at the Engelbrot Theatre under Elena’s direction. Since then, Elena and Gemma have been working together to bring the play Bites to Los Angeles. Now the dream comes true! Her sincere thanks go to Bites’ production crew and cast and to everybody who supports and believes in the project.

Luigi
Pulcini
Composer

Luigi Pulcini is an Italian Composer and Computer Engineer.
He studied Composition at “Santa CeciliaConservatory in Roma andIT Engineering at Marche Polytechnic University in Ancona, dissertating a thesis entitled “The Virtual Orchestra” about the new techniques of MIDI Programming and Digital Audio Sampling applied to Virtual Orchestration.

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Ileana
Hernandez
Graphic Designer

Ileana is from Los Angeles, CA, where she has been living for a little over 30 years. Art has been her passion from a young age. She was born with a physical disability called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, known as AMC, which causes joint contractures. Even though AMC limits her physical abilities to some extent, with art there aren’t any limits. Art has allowed her to use her creativity to all its capability.

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Alessandra
Montagna
Set and Costume Designer

Alessandra moved to Los Angeles in 1994 from Rome. Before then she worked as an Art Director in many plays in Theatre and in Movies since 1980.