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, 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.


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
Francesco Fadda

Mario Fratti Award Advisory Board

Mario Fratti, Honorary President

Alice Lussiana Parente, MFA Committee

Valeria Orani,
Andrea Ramosi, KIT Italia
Massimo Zordan,


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 now been submitted to Festivals and TVs for future broadcasting.

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.

CARLOTTA BRENTAN, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER AND 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.

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.

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