The ACADEMY Project
Learning opportunities, new ideas, discussions, and experimental work by students of the Silvio D’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts
This year, the Spoleto Festival is pleased to host the Silvio D’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts at the “Teatrino delle 6” for the entire duration of the Festival.
This project, the brainchild of Festival President Giorgio Ferrara and Academy Director Lorenzo Salveti, together with MIBAC (Italian Minister for Cultural Affairs), comes as a response to an increasingly pressing problem: the need of younger generations, who are engaged in study and thought regarding the theater of the future, to be positioned within a network of shared interchange that crosses national and generational boundaries.
The Academy’s students are the project’s key figures, some seventy of them in all in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years of the Acting Program and the 2nd and 3rd years of the Directing Program.
Under the direction of Maestro Carlo Cecchi, the third-year student-actors will present their end-of-year performances while student-directors will demonstrate their training.
Together with a large group of 2008 graduates, students will present a series of “Free Experimentation” programs, including monologues, scenes, and microtheater offerings chosen and produced by the students themselves.
In addition to the performances, there will be opportunities for discussion and for learning.
Adriana Asti appeared at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan under the direction of Giorgio Strehler in Bruckner’s Elizabeth of England, Gogol’s Revizor, and Goldoni’s Harlequin Servant of Two Masters.
She was directed by Luchino Visconti in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible; Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel; Harold Pinter’s Old Time; and Natalia Ginzburg’s Teresa.
She has performed in Pirandello’s works: Tonight We Improvise, Clothing the Naked, To Find Oneself, and As You Desire Me, directed by Susan Sontag.
She personified Shaw’s Cleopatra, Squarzina’s Rosa Luxembourg, and Copi’s Eva Perón.
Under the direction of Luca Ronconi she starred in Shaw’s Saint Joan and Ariosto’s The Frenzy of Orlando.
In 1997 she took part in Harold Pinter’s Dust to Dust.
Her first role in French dates back to 1987 when she played Mirandolina in Goldoni’s The Innkeeper Woman under the direction of Alfredo Arias at the Théâtre de la Commune in Paris. Subsequently she took part in the French productions of Natalia Ginzburg’s Teresa directed by Giorgio Ferrara at the Petit Montparnasse Theater; Alberto Savinio’s Emma B., Widow Jocasta at the Théatre du Rond-Point directed by Pierluigi Pizzi; Roussin’s Nina at the Gaîté Montparnasse theater directed by Bernard Murat; and Ruccello’s Ferdinando, at the Théâtre du Rond-Point directed by Marcello Scuderi.
She has appeared in over fifty films directed by some of Italy’s leading directors, including starring roles in such films as Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers and Ludwig, Pasolini’s Accattone and Caprice Italian Style, Bertolucci’s Before the Revolution, and other productions including the works of such luminaries as De Sica and Bolognini.
In France she worked with Buñuel in The Phantom of Liberty, Claire Devers in Chimère, Mathieu Amalric in Eat Your Soup, Frederic Fisbach in Plum Rain, Jacques Ertaud in Les Allumettes suédoises and Gérard Vergez in Dans un grand vent de fleurs.
Recently she acted in The Best of Youth directed by Marco Tullio Giordana.
Among the awards and recognitions she has received in the course of her theatrical and cinematic career are the Eleonora Duse Award, the Ennio Flaiano Award, three Maschere d’Oro prizes, one Grolla d’Oro, one David di Donatello, three Critica Cinematografica Italiana Silver Ribbons, and the Vittorio De Sica Award.