Guest Artist Speaker Series: Romeo Castellucci

CTSA International Initiatives

Guest Artist Speaker Series: Global Perspectives and Artistic Practice

Italian Theater Director Romeo Castellucci

In conversation with UCI Chancellor’s Professor and Claire Trevor Professor Bryan Reynolds

Translator: Giuditta De Concini


Friday, February 19, 2021
10:00 -11:20 a.m.
Free and open to all UCI faculty and students

Virtual Zoom Webinar Link


CTSA International Initiative Director, Lisa Naugle, is pleased to announce the new Guest Artist Speaker Series: Global Perspectives and Artistic Practice. The series intends to engage faculty and students across all four departments in CTSA with international partners on topics related to artistic theory and practice.  

The inaugural event features world-renowned Italian theater director Romeo Castellucci.  

Romeo Castellucci is an Italian theater director, playwright, artist and designer. Since the 1980s, he has been part of the European theatrical avant-garde. Castellucci graduated with a degree in painting and stage design from the Accademia di Belle di Bologna and in 1981, jointly with Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, he founded Societies Raffaello Sanzio, an Italian experiential theater company founded in 1981. Its initial development was part of a movement in Italian theater that did not require a background in theater but was influenced by rock, poetry, comics, television and more. By the end of the 1990s, the work done by this group had influenced a number of newer groups, winning awards for various works. The performances of this company disrupt the conventional coherent narrative and focuses more on visual and auditory impact, with silences, word fragments, animals and machines as performers.

Castellucci has produced numerous plays as an author, director and designer of sets, lighting, sound and costumes. His works, combine multiple arts to achieve a holistic effect and have been presented in more than 50 countries. Castellucci’s dramatic lines challenge the primacy of literature. His theatre is a visual, complex art rich in vision. He has developed a language that is comprehensible in the same way as music, sculpture, painting and architecture can be. His productions are regularly invited to the world’s most prestigious theatres, opera houses and festivals. Romeo Castellucci has released more than a dozen books and has received numerous awards and recognitions. Among his recent groundbreaking productions are Julius Caesar, Spared Parts, Democracy in America, and Judgment, Possibility, Being.

Photo Credit: Eva Castellucci 

February 19, 2021 - 12:00am