Some milestones in my career. Always under construction!
In 2018, two years after my first resolution, I published the final version of …And Acting for All. This acting manual is my first major contribution to acting theory. In the book I talk about the potential of acting as a powerful natural tool and how everyone can discover more about themselves through acting. In 2018-2019 I directed several shows resulting from the Instant Theatre acting workshops. I directed a reduced version of A. Checkhov The Cherry Orchard in March 2019. Later in 2019, I created and directed the original theatre show Fright Night, based on a collection of unpublished horror screenplays adapted for the stage by me.
Starting from 2017, I began writing and performing live spoken word poetry. I became involved in the lively Berlin performative scene and performed my texts and works steadily during the period 2017-2018. Together with fellow poet and writer Dom Hopkins-Powell I created the weekly Spoken Word event 800Acts in Berlin Wedding. The event has been running in 2018 and it hosted a variety of performers on a weekly basis. In July 2018 I self-published Spoken Word Volume 1, a collection of texts and poems I’ve performed live on the Berlin stages. The book is available in the Kindle Store on Amazon.
In 2017, my activities as a theatre instructor at Instant Theatre Berlin as well as my “new job” as cultural manager at my venue 800A in Berlin grew exponentially. We’re currently running several theatre workhops every month, and at the moment I’m thinking of a further expansion and a new structure for Instant Theatre in the next months. Though left with very little free time (!), I managed to finish the script of a new short play I titled “Sorry I’m dead”, to be premiered in Berlin in 2018!
On April 27, 2017 my solo theatre performance Contemporarysh*t – mynameisalex – A theatre performance premiered in 800A theatre venue in Berlin. This show is the result of a collaboration with director and performer Vasilis Liaskovitis. The performance constitutes the first part of a trilogy (“The trilogy of Whatever”), whose following chapters will appear in the time frame 2017-2018. The show, centered on human inner voice and on the nature of originality in theatre, was written, co-directed and performed on stage by me. More about this on the Shows page.
In November 2016 I took on the challenge of creating a new theatre and performance space in Berlin. I partnered up with a friend, and together we renovated the rooms of an old cafe to transform it into 800A. The venue -still partially under construction until Jan 2017- hosted the final shows of 2 Instant Theatre groups on December 4, 2016. It was a great honor for me to co-direct both theatre shows, for the first time in a theatre space of my own.
In May 2016, after meeting her at the Berlinale festival, I partnered up with Hollywood casting director Aleta Chappelle (Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Wim Wenders). She brought her Film Acting Workshop from NYC to Berlin exclusively for Instant Theatre Berlin. I had the privilege to assist her in the organization of the film workshop, as well as to audit and supervise all activities. I also organized and personally hosted a public lecture where Ms. Chappelle talked about her career in F.F.Coppola’s productions and presented her methods of working with screen actors.
In April 2016, I was invited as a guest speaker by Macromedia University in Berlin, where I delivered the talk Building a cultural project in Berlin within the International Evening for international students and University staff.
From 2015, I started inviting other trainers to collaborate within Instant Theatre Berlin. These collaborations generated among others the original performance Switch your brain off!, co-directed by me and performer Marcelina Bozek. The piece premiered at Theaterhaus Berlin in 2016 and it’s set to appear at several theatre festivals in 2016-2017. As of May 2016, Instant Theatre Berlin has hosted around 20 long-term acting and theatrical improvisation courses, plus numerous one-day acting sessions, weekend workshops, short intensive programs, performances and live shows.
The performance Offstage Characters (2014) was Instant Theatre Berlin’s first production. It featured five actors playing monologues from literary sources and integrating them with improvised stage interactions. The concept was then developed and expanded to become One Act of Courage, original performance presented within the festival 48 Hours-Neukölln in the same year. On that occasion, I was active as an actor and director and I was also joined on stage by my good friends Alejandro J. Niklison, playwright and actor, and Vasilis Liaskovitis, talented mime and clown performer. In the same year, another theatre course I led resulted in the original performance Collective Creation. Again, scripted theatre scenes were paired up with improvised exchanges between characters, creating a funny and colourful mix. We built up and presented the show in the rooms of the Berlin art space formerly known as Boys Club, now Decad.
In 2013 I founded Instant Theatre Berlin, to share and expand on my original acting training method based on self-expression, communication and imagination. The project keeps growing and expanding every year. Since 2013, I worked with hundred of actors, acting students, professionals to make them discover their potential and their expressive abilities through individual and collective work. Instant Theatre Berlin is constantly expanding its influence and its activities within the exciting international scene of Berlin.
From 2001 on, I took part in dozens of theatre shows and performances. In traditional theatre, the authors I feel I know best are Checkhov, Beckett, Goldoni. I played in many contemporary original scripted and unscripted performances. I was also part of experimental shows, mime and masked theatre shows and demonstrations within cultural events and festivals as an actor and a musician. With time, I steadily took on the role of assistant director, training actors and preparing them for performances. After I came to Berlin in 2010, I brought theatrical improvisation to the stage with several groups as a performer (Bankrupt and later the Instant Theatre Group) and later as a trainer.
I performed in the Physical Theatre Group led by actress Silvia Magnani (Y. Lebreton, Pina Bausch, A. Omolu) for 4 years. Over the years, I took acting and voice masterclasses with Andrea Pierdicca (National Theatre of Genua), Paola Roscioli (Piccolo Teatro, Milan), Valentina Dradi (P.Grassi Academy, Milan, TV producer), as well as music and performance masterclasses with Andrea Oliva (Berliner Philarmoniker) and many others.
I graduated in Cinema Studies at University of Bologna, Italy in 2006. That year, I also obtained a Bachelor in Flute and Music from A.Peri Music Academy.
In 2001, at 19, I started acting within the Teatro del Navile courses in Bologna, Italy. I played Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and played in several short plays by Harold Pinter and other contemporary American playwrights. After dropping out, I enrolled in the Arena del Sole acting program and was a regular performer in ITC Teatro theatre productions for 5 years.