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Originally from Padua, Paola has the distinction of being one of 40 students in the 50-year history of the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq to have been certified as a pedagogical specialist under the direction of the school’s founder Jacques Lecoq.
She holds degrees in Classical Studies and Architecture, design and textile work. She was also certified as a personal trainer and bodywork professional in massage and nutrition balance. She studied the holistic practice of art therapy in theater, painting, and sculpture and recently completed her certification as Mental Coach with a specialization in Art, Sport and Business.
Early in her professional journey, she was a successful small business owner in the sports and wellness sector, then her seasoned and diverse career has brought her from the world of sports, as a successful medal-winning athletic trainer, to coaching and consulting chief executives of American and Italian businesses.
In the arts, she has held positions in the fields of acting, producing, directing, teaching – having worked in Italy, France, England, Scotland, Spain, Poland, Israel, New Zealand and the United States, in addition to managing and founding organizations from small theatre companies to arts organizations that have supported professional training centres for artists, including her own production company that has implemented a variety of multimedia projects. In Italy she co-founded with Giovanni Fusetti and Sean Kaplan, the international theatre company and school “Kìklos Teatro”. The school was awarded the Gemini d’Oro for Best Show at the ROMA TEATRO Festival’ for Italian Theatre Schools.
In 2004, Paola relocated to Chicago, and since then, she has created a wide net of collaboration in teaching and directing, as well, partnering with many universities and various theater companies. In 2012, ready to restart a new school, she founded The School for Theatre Creators, where she led a faculty of teachers with a wide diversity of experience in acting, directing and writing. During this period, she was able to create an international training ground for artists and individuals who strive to live life to the fullest and her work is highly regarded and sought after in theater circles, with her unique programming providing opportunities for participants in both USA and Italy.
In 2018 Paola moved the school back to Padua -Italy, where it all began…..once upon a time…!
The teachers at the Academy divide their time between the classes they give and their commitments as working artists. Resident faculty and visiting instructors teach a wide range of coursework, providing a uniquely comprehensive training experience.
Ned began his life in the theatre very early on. His parents, Mary Waldorf and Bert Brauer, were members of The Actor’s Workshop in San Francisco, a professional theatre company and one of six companies that laid the foundation for the regional theatre movement in the US. Ned made his debut at age four with the Studio Players, the children’s theatre wing of The Actor’s Workshop. He continued to study and perform, as well as occasionally write and direct, through elementary and high school. He studied theatre and film at Humboldt State, completed the yearlong Overseas Course at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and graduated from Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
Ned earned a bachelors degree in fine art from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, with a specialization in installation art. He completed the advanced year in clown at the Clown Conservatory at San Francisco Circus Center and the pedagogical year at The School for Theatre Creators. Ned has been teaching at The School since 2013. He has led workshops in various physical theatre styles at Theatricum Botanticum in Los Angeles and the School for the Art Institute in Chicago among other venues.
As a performer, Ned has joined the ensembles of the Alley Theatre in Texas, Theatre Grottesco in Santa Fe, The Actors Gang in Los Angeles, Hoipolloi in England, Touchstone Theatre in Pennsylvania and others. He has worked on devised pieces, both in groups and as a solo performer, earning a Backstage West Garland award for adaptation for his one man show, Wilde Childe, based on a fairy tale by Oscar Wilde.
He is a founding member of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, where he taught playwriting to court appointed youth and is a member of the Actors Equity Association.
Ivan Di Noia
Barabato Teatro's member
He is founder and legal representative of BARABAO Teatro. Ivan started working as a performer at the age of 15, with the company San Girolamo, directed by Domenico Valente. He also developed his talent as an author of plays in “pugliese” (a dialect belonging to the Puglia region) He continued his career as actor and dancer with the Agency Gepratour, taking part in multiple musicals. Di Noia completed his education between 2000 and 2002 at the International school of Integrated Theatre in Rome. Within the frame of his education he also attends courses following the K. Stanislavskij method. Ivan also holds a Master in Devising Theatre and Performance from – London International School of Performing Arts. He collaborates with
several schools as expert advisor for the direction of workshops. As director he curates and/or supervises theatre productions with several theatre companies. He prepares and performs lectures for young and adult audiences with city Councils and public libraries in the Veneto region.
Barabao Teatro's member
Founder and artistic director of BARABAO Teatro. Romina started performing at 9 years old with the company “La Ribalta” directed by her father Mario Antonio Ranzato. She started her education by taking part in performance workshops and theatre techniques based on Commedia dell’Arte at TAG in Venice. Her professional education was completed between 2000 and 2002 at the International school of Integrated Theatre. At the same time she studied theatre therapy at ATE (Association of European Theatre Therapists), in collaboration with La Sapienza University in Rome, graduating in 2003 as a theatre therapist. She also trained in puppetry and holds a Master in Devising Theatre and Performance from – London International School of Performing Arts.
Barabao Teatro's member
She is an actress and resident member of BARABAO Teatro She started performing at the age of 8, directed by her father Mario Antonio Ranzato. Her studies included the two-years professional program at Kiklos, International School of Theatrical Creation in Padua, directed by Giovanni Fusetti and Paola Coletto. Other instructors included Renato Gatto, Bruno di Loreto Wurms, Sean Kaplan, Malachi Bagdanov, Norman Taylor, Boris Rouge, and Cyrille Bertrand. She also studied opera as coloratura soprano with Massimo Dal Checco Modoni and she is the winner of the “Gemini d’oro” award as best voice at Roma Teatro Festival 2004. Cristina holds a Master in Devising Theatre and Performance from – London International School of Performing Arts.
Romina collaborates with several schools as expert advisor for the direction of children workshops in primary schools. She began working as a director in 2006, curating or supervising the production of theatre productions by different companies in Veneto. She prepares and performs readings from classic novels and folk tales for children, teenagers and adults in collaboration with city councils and public libraries.
Maestro Bao Lan
Descending from the family of the last Vietnamese emperor Bao Dai, Master Bao Lan was born in Vietnam and as a young man, he practiced martial arts in various disciplines, including Judo and Tae Kwon Do but he found his true passion in the study of Viet Vo Dao, Viet Tai Chi and Vo Co Truyen. When he relocated to Italy to attend the university of Padua, he began teaching and spreading the Viet Vo Dao discipline, almost unknown in the country. Since then, he has spread these disciplines widely throughout Italy.
Faithful to his “Vo Danh” (art name), which is Kim Long (Golden Dragon), a synonym for nobility, strength and elevation, Master Bao Lan returns home every year to continue the study of Traditional Martial Arts,
combat and traditional medicine. Friend of all practitioners of Martial Arts, Bao Lan often holds seminars and open workshops in all styles. His traditional approach is linked to a modern mentality that allows him to combine the Oriental spirit with scientific methods of working: this has allowed him to bring his students to high levels of preparation. He currently operates his own gym in Padua, Palestra Bao Lan, and he is also the 7th Dang International Expert; Member of the International Federation and Council of Masters of Viet Vo Dao; Technical Director of the Veneto and Lombardy regions; President of the Viet-Boxing Federation of Italy and President and Technical Director of the Federation Viet Tai Chi Italy.
Due to her preceding professional skills in administrative and commercial areas, Monica runs the administrative office at The School for Theatre Creators. She also shares the physical preparation classes with Maestro Bao Lan. She began training in martial arts eleven years ago and she is certified as an instructor 3° Dang at the Federation Viet Tai Chi Italy, under the direction of the Grand Master Bao Lan, President and Technical Director of the Federation. During her long training, Monica also had the opportunity to meet and train under the direction of GM Charles Phan Hoang, one of the leading representatives of Vietnamese Martial Arts who founded Viet Tai Chi in 1990 and who forged a new approach to introducing Martial Arts in the west. During her 2011 journey in Vietnam she had the chanche to train with Master Dong Vu, one of the most highly regarded Vietnamese experts in Chi Kung,
the ancient thousand years old technique of circular respiration, or “breath discipline”. Monica is a certified trainer of Viet Tai Chi by the “Italian Federation Wushu Kung Fu” an umbrella organization for all Vietnamese martial arts disciplines, recognized by Coni – Italian National Olympic Committee.
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