Following his studies at the acting school of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan and collaborations with Ermanno Olmi in cinema, Maurizio Scaparro in theatre and with the Biennale di Venezia and the Teatro alla Scala, Maccarinelli began his career as a director at the age of 22. He has worked with important Italian actors including Maddalena and Giovanni Crippa, Massimo De Francovich, Johnny Dorelli, Rossella Falk, Massimo Ghini, Remo Girone, Anna Maria Guarnieri, Alessandro Haber, Francesca Inaudi, Marina Malfatti, Mariangela Melato, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Valeria Moriconi, Umberto Orsini, Ugo Pagliai, Maria Paiato, Giuseppe Pambieri, Massimo Popolizio, Elisabetta Pozzi, Anna Proclemer, Stefania Sandrelli, Gianrico Tedeschi and Pamela Villoresi. His over one hundred performances fall mainly into three categories: Italian and foreign contemporary theatre, adaptations of classical texts, and tragedies by Euripides, six of which he staged at the Greek Theatre of Syracuse and the Olimpico in Vicenza. He has directed many shows with young graduates of the Silvio d'Amico Academy and the Experimental Film Centre, including Romanzo di Ferrara, Troilo > Cressida and Esposizione universale. He is a consultant for Mikado film and director of the Massenzio Literature Festival. He founded Artisti Riuniti in 2004 and, as the company's artistic director, realises multidisciplinary projects exploring the intersections between theatre, cinema and literature. He has received numerous prestigious awards.