Bio

  • Sergio Maifredi

    Sergio Maifredi

  • Teatro Giuseppe Curci - Barletta

    Teatro Giuseppe Curci - Barletta

  • Teatro Placido Mandanici - Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto - Sicilia

    Teatro Placido Mandanici - Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto - Sicilia

    (ph. Piero Calderone)
  • Teatro Sociale di Camogli

    Teatro Sociale di Camogli

  • Folla al Teatro Mandanici di Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto per Vittorio Sgarbi

    Folla al Teatro Mandanici di Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto per Vittorio Sgarbi

    (ph Ignazio Brigandì)
  • Sergio Maifredi con Mario Incudine e Antonio Vasta

    Sergio Maifredi con Mario Incudine e Antonio Vasta

  • Sergio Maifredi con David Riondino e Dario Vergassola

    Sergio Maifredi con David Riondino e Dario Vergassola

  • Sergio Maifredi con Patrizia Milani

    Sergio Maifredi con Patrizia Milani

  • Sergio Maifredi

    Sergio Maifredi

Sergio Maifredi, born in Genoa in 1966, directed theatres and festivals and signing all of the Teatro Pubblico Ligure projects which he founded in 2007.
He is artistic director of the Teatro Placido Mandanici in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto - Sicily.
He was member of board of directors of the Fondazione Carlo Felice in Genoa, general manager of the Teatro Vittoria in Rome, artistic director of the Teatro Comunale di Barletta, deputy director of the Teatro della Tosse of Genoa and director resident at the Teatr Nowy of Poznan in Poland.
He was also a member of the UNESCO National Commission.

DIRECTING

  • Teatro Pubblico Ligure - Artistic Director (since 2007) GENOA
  • Fondazione Teatro Sociale di Camogli (since 2018)
  • Festival Grock Città di Imperia - Theatre Director (since 2007)
  • Scali a Mare - Pieve Ligure Art Festival - Artistic Director
  • Soriteatro - Artistic Director
  • Portus Lunae Art Festival - Artistic Director (since 2015)

INSTITUTIONAL EMPLOYMENT

  • Grand Off Award Board Member - World Independent Film Awards (since 2013) Warsaw
  • Genoa’s Actors’ Museum - Executive Commitee Member (since 2008) GENOA
  • Accademico corrispondente dell’Accademia Ligure di Scienze e Lettere (dal 2011) GENOA

THYE REMAINING FUNCTIONS

  • Teatro Placido Mandanici in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto - Artistic Director (31.03.2016 - 30.03.2018) SICILY
  • Teatro Vittoria Executive Director - Teatro Stabile di interesse pubblico / Attori & Tecnici theatre company (01.01.2010 - 31.12.2016) ROME
  • Opera House Teatro Carlo Felice - Board of Directors Member (from 2010 to 2014) GENOA
  • Teatr Nowy (Poznan) - Resident Director (2005-2014) POLAND
  • Teatro Curci - Artistic Director (2009-2013) BARLETTA (BARI)
  • Member of National Commission for Unesco (2009 - 2012) ROME
  • Teatri Possibili - Chairman (2008 - 2011) MILAN
  • Teatro Libero - Associate Artistic Director (2008 - 2011) MILAN
  • Teatro della Tosse - Vice Artistic Director (1997 – 2007) GENOA

AWARDS AND HONORS

    • “A medal for meritorius conduct” awarded by Poland Foreign Affairs Department - on May 7th 2012
    • 2007-2008 Italian Theatre Critic Association Award for directing True West by Sam Shepard - Teatri Possibili Liguria production
    • 2008 Regional Theatre Award (Regione Liguria)

 

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The director’s craft

My job is to tell other people’s stories to other people
Giorgio Strehler

Working in the theatre

My job in the theatre is about making people and things clash to create emotions.

The show is the paradigm, the idea is to make something happen here and now. Never the same, never again.

Leading a theatre company, directing actors, curating an art exhibition with live urgency, this is but one and the same job to me. What changes is time, length, rhythm. It may be a sprint or a long-distance run, but to me it is just one and the same job.

A theatre that travels. A theatre that recalls faces, stories, smells, fabrics, lights and colours, those same I met during my journeys.

I move about according to the season. I am a nomad: I travel, I wander, I meet people, I learn. I take my enthusiasm with me during my travelling across East Europe, all the way down to the South of Italy or back to my homeland again, in Liguria. I start from a need. The need is about getting to the right place where I can best express my craftmanship.

Sheepmen and traders migrate: the former look for better and greener fields, for more spices to sell the latter. I always carry with me Puglia’s sun, Rome’s rain, Genoa’s wind, Milan’s cold and Poznan’s snow. Travelling is about being at the same time from Genoa and the odd one out somewhere else.

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Clippings from a Biography

Notes from an open conversation and blurred pictures of a stable nomad director might tell - though just as clippings in a scrapbook - the personal and professional journey of theatre director Sergio Maifredi. Accurate, determined and gifted with both rational thinking and a crystal clear imagination, Sergio Maifredi has been at work for more than three decades looking for and then staging brand new plays and original plays with a classical nature. From the early days to the research work in Iceland, along the Bergman’s plays (Isbjorg, Nara livet known as So Close to Life or Brink of Life, Signorina Giulia, Io sono il Maestro), or the German ones (Mercedes by Thomas Brash, Die arabische Nacht and Die Frau von früher by Roland Schimmelpfennig), the long collaboration with Tonino Conte at Teatro della Tosse and the open-air huge theatre productions in unusual locations his directing experience stretches a long way in many different directions.

Then, all of a sudden, the time was ripe for Maifredi to become a nomad, a wanderer. And theatre an essential idea, an organizational paradigm, a codebreaking technique to disrupt expectations, patterns, schemes and enable to work on a new order of words, performances and productions. First there was absolute freedom with Teatri Possibili Liguria - lately renamed Teatro Pubblico Ligure – where the essence of directing, that is putting together words and actors, was about translating new ideas into new formats such as Conversations on Representation - a series of conferences; I Frantoi dell’Arte - “squeezing ideas like oil from olives”; Festival degli Scali a mare - theatre performances on small harbours by the seaside; Grock Festival (Imperia) - to celebrate Grock the clown; readings from Homer’s Odyssey in amazing natural locations by actors turned into fascinating and inspiring storytellers.

As a nomad Sergio Maifredi has been operating across time and space and yet always focused and aiming at clear goals carved in stones or weaved in precise if tangled webs of relationships, meetings, agreements spread on a diary unashamed to say Rome on Monday, Bari on Tuesday, Poznań on Friday and Genoa on Sunday. This was the time he spent in Poland as Resident Director at Teatr Nowy, staging works by Pirandello, Goldoni and Fellini and learning about a brand new theatre world and a culture through a first-hand experience with a Polish theatre company. This was the time he designed and curated two art exhibitions around the theatre as seen from quite different perspectives: Theatre in a poster / Tutto il teatro in un manifesto. Poland 1989-2009 (Palazzo Ducale, 2009) and Yves Klein. Judo and Theatre - Body and Vision (Palazzo Ducale, 2012) around Yves Klein’s blue and him as an artist and a man.

As a nomad, Sergio Maifredi has been into a lot more and elsewhere too: i.e. four years in Barletta as Artistic Director at Teatro Curci / Curci’s Theatre (Puglia) and five years working as Executive Director at Teatro Vittoria in Rome.

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