Anna Dora Dorno

Director – Actress – Theatre pedagogue  

She is an actress, director and theatre pedagogue. She was born in 1976 in Taranto, Italy. She graduated at the University of Bologna – Department of music and performance and she got a degree in acting at the Academy of dramatic arts.

She took part in the Santarcangelo Festival educational program where she got a special degree in physical and experimental theatre, studying several disciplines, including Commedia dell’Arte. She polished her vocal technique at Odin Teatret in Denmark as well as in Theatre Piesn Kozla in Poland and studying with Imke Bhucolz, and upgraded her physical training by working with Nhandan Chirco, Domenico Castaldo, in Italy and with Augusto Omolù in Brazil. She has studied theatre direction at the University of Bologna and she has worked alongside directors such as Silvio Castiglioni, Davide Iodice, and Roysten Abel. In 2004 she founded the theatre company Instabili Vaganti directing and acting in: Avan-lulu, special award of the Jury at the VI° International Festival of Theatre and Visual Arts Zdarzenia (Poland), Lenz – The Goethe’s monkey, special nomination at the International Shakespearian Festival in Yerevan (Armenia), Running in the fabrik, nominated one of the best performances at the ETI Prize Nuove sensibilità within Teatro festival Italia of Naples, Rags of memory, special opening performance of the first International theatre festival of Kosovo, Ausencia – Alone in the crowd, premiered at the European Researchers’night (Bologna-Geneve-Paris) and at the 32° Fadjr International festival of Teheran, (Iran), The contemporary Hermit MADE IN ILVA, Nomination at the Total theatre awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 and winner of 6 national awards for the best performance, Gender Profile, a performance in collaboration with Milano Bicocca University, Eomuyi – Memoria Madre, first theatrical co production between Italy and S. Korea, Desparecidos#43 based on the true story of the missing students of Ayotzinapa – Mexico. She has directed site – specific performances at Bauhaus foundation of Dessau, Old Vic Theatre of London.

She holds workshops for actors all over the world and she has led work sessions on the actor’s physical and vocal training at the Atelier of Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, at the International Workshop Festival and at the BIPAF Busan Performing Arts Festival in S. Korea, within the VIII° and IX° International meeting of national Drama schools in Mexico City promoted by ORMACC UNESCO – ITI, at the International Physical Fest of Liverpool, at the 24 hours festival of El Kef in Tunisia. Furthermore, she taught theatre and gave lectures in many universities. Those worth mentioning are Bologna University theatre department, University of Kent in England, Kyungsung University in S.Korea, Babeş-Bolyai in Romania, UNAM and Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico. From 2006 she is directing the International Performing Arts project Rags of memory leading work sessions for international teams of performers and artists and developing the research at the project in different countries (Italy, Germany, Romania, Austria, Poland, Kosovo, UK, Sweden, Armenia, Mexico, Tunisia, South Korea, India). Since 2012 she’s directing the International project MEGALOPOLIS in the biggest metropolis of the globe with steps of research and production of performances site-specific in Mexico City, Tehran, Tampico, Montevideo, Rome, Naples.

Since 2011 she is the artistic director of Performazioni international workshop festival in Bologna and since 2012 of Treno Fringe Festival. From 2013 she’s directing the International Laboratory at the Physical theatre school of Bologna. She is currently the artistic director of LIV Performing arts centre.