Started in 2013, the year of Italian Culture in the States, In Scena! presents – each year – a survey of the best Italian Theater, from Italy, in New York. It features full productions that have already toured in Italy as well as readings of Italian plays in translation, panels, lectures and exchanges between Italian, NY based communities as well as International artists.

The goal is to promote greater awareness of Italian theater and Italian artists among New York theatergoers, and also to build a bridge between Italy and New York, between communities, so that they may each support and inspire the other.

Past Editions of In Scena! were presented by KIT-Kairos Italy Theater, based in NY, and KIT Italia, based in Italy, in collaboration with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, The Italian Cultural Institute in New York, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’, the Cherry Lane Theatre, Bernie Wohl Community Center at Goddard Riverside, Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies, BAAD- Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, The College of Staten Island, The Brick Theatre among others. Media Sponsors include La Voce di New York, TeatroTeatro and International Radio Salon NYC.


LAURA CAPARROTTI, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR is a director, actress, journalist, teacher, lecturer, consultant, dialect-coach, curator with an Italian accent. She has worked professionally for over ten years in Italy before relocating to NY in 1996. She is the Founding Artistic Director of KIT-Kairos Italy Theater, the main Italian Theater Company in NY and of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the Italian Theater Festival taking place in all 5 NY Boroughs and beyond and the cofounder of On Stage! the American Theater Festival in Italy. She is the recipient of the Dante Award and of the Italian Cultural Society Award for her role in spreading Italian culture in the States through theater. In 2021 Laura completed her first documentary as a director Tutti In Scena on the history of Italian theater in NY. The documentary was one of the three finalists at The Russo Brothers Film Forum and has been a winner of several International awards.

DONATELLA CODONESU, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR is a journalist , theater critic and photo-reporter. For more than fifteen years she has been dealing mainly with cultural events. For a decade she has also been working as event organizer for a multinational company. In 2006 she was co-founder of the webzine, she was columnist for (Italian National newspaper) and curator of “Dietro le quinte”, a radio program about theater, training Roma3 University students. She has a professional expertise in supertitling, gained while working on Italian and English shows and by tutoring and training university students. She is theater productor in Italy and in New York. She is the Artistic Director of KIT Italia and co-founder Associated Director of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY since its first edition in 2013. In 2018 she is co-founder Artistic Director of OnStage! Festival bringing US theater to Italy. She actively supports the non for profit project “Voices in the desert – recycling memory”. Donatella is board member of “Ri-scatti onlus” and proud International Affiliate of the LPTW (League of Professional Theatre Women) since September 2018.

COSTANZA BUGIANI, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER is an Italian theatre-maker who moved to the U.S. three years ago. She co-founded Teatro del Mantice acting company based in Florence. She co-produced Hamlet, a crowdfunded project (La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, NYC, August 2022). She’s been collaborating with The Tank Theater, and the assistant producer of the International Human Rights Art Festival 23 – NYC with whom is currently still collaborating.

ALICE LUSSIANA PARENTE, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, an award-winning Italian actress, voice over talent and commedia dell’arte teacher. She had her Theatre debut in Italy with the National Theatre of Rome in the leading role of Annika in the Italian production of Pippi Longstocking which toured for 2 years in Italy and on the big screen with Peter Greenaway. Thought her career she has worked in theatre both in Europe for National Tours and in the US (Off-Broadway). She is a resident actress, curator and jury member at Kairos Italy Theatre and resident actress at The Fled Collective and Blind Cupid Shakespeare Company. Alice is also the host and jury member of the Oniros Film Awards and NYIFA. She worked both for cinema and television including ABC/ Rai TV/ Disney Channel and as a voice over actor for national commercials (Salvatore Ferragamo/Norton), audiobooks (Audible/ Fabler/ Mondadori) and more. Most recently she played the leading role in the Netflix’s immersive show Money Heist the experience in New York City where she is currently based. Alice holds a BA in Cinema and New Media from University of Turin and trained at Adler Studio of Acting.

CARLOTTA BRENTAN, OFFICIAL MFA TRANLSATOR is a bilingual theater artist specializing in new play development as an actor, producer, director and translator. Stage highlights: World Premieres of Frank J. Avella’s Lured (also co-directed, Theater for The New City and OnStage! Festival in Rome), Paolo Bignami’s The Journey I Never Made (also translated from the original Italian, Cherry Lane Theatre), Erik Ehn’s Clover (La MaMa E.T.C.) A proud member of Kairos Italy Theater, Carlotta is also a film actor, prolific voiceover artist & award-winning audiobook narrator.

GIULIA COWIE, OFFICIAL TRANSLATOR HYSTRIO SCRITTURE DI SCENA AT IN SCENA! is an Italian-American actress and translator originally from Florence, Italy. She made her first theater debut at a young age on various renowned Italian stages (Teatro La Pergola, Teatro Metastasio) taking part in plays such as Ghosts by Ibsen, Dangerous Liaisons by De Laclos and Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare. While studying acting at the Accademia Teatrale di Firenze Giulia discovered her passion for film, getting cast in Alice’s Adventures in Tuscany she got her first taste of the set. She went on to graduate from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City not long after. Recent credits include the latest season of Law and Order, Bless Me Father, Scarlet and The Mandrake Root at the Tank NYC.

MASSIMO ZORDAN, MFA COMMITTEE, graduated from the  Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Palmi while also traning with Dario Fo, Alfredo Arias, Anatoly Vassiliev. Since 2001, for 10 years, he has been a core part of Teatridimare, a sailing  theater project. He acted in Italy in various TV fiction and national theater productions. In the USA, featured in documentaries, and plays. Since 2016 he has lived in New York where he was responsible as well as Teacher of the Theater Department of the Italian International School in New York. In the school, Massimo started developing the innovative Italian language integration method which is now touring the States,  Since 2016 he has been collaborating with Kairos Italy Theater of which is an official member now. he has won several awards such as: “La resistenza in cucina” (the resistance in the kitchen) short film directed by Massimo Zordan winner of the prize organized by IACE in collaboration with the Italian Consulate of NYC, “2019 AIAE Teacher of the Year Award”  from the Association of Italian American Educators and The State of New York Office of the State Comptroller, the Second Prize for the play “La patente”at the “Uno, nessuno e centomila” 2023 the international contest. Since 2023 he’s  a trainer in the project entitled CIVIS, a training project for teachers on education for active citizenship through art with readings for the centenary of the birth of Italo Calvino presented by the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University in partnership with Bibliolibrò and the Italian Consulate in New York.

JACK DANIEL WOODS , TECHNICAL DIRECTORY has traversed the globe conceptualizing and designing production for multi-disciplinary arts companies and performers. In their recent role as head of production for the Sydney Symphony they were internationally recognized for their vision, creativity, and for saving an entire concert performance after a steinway grand piano free fell into a hole in the middle of the stage (story for another day).

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In Scena relies to friends and partners, all talented colleagues in the field of art and theater, to support and advise when needed. We are honored to have them with us and we cheerish their work and collaboration. 

Advisory Board

Stefano Albertini
Julian Sachs

In Scena! Mario Fratti Award Advisory Board


Alice Lussiana Parente, Massimo Zordan, MFA Committee

Andrea Ramosi, KIT Italia

In Scena! is organized by