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Acting Course: Theater brings us closer!

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi

After over a year of social distancing and studying at home and meeting people through screens we need to really connect with each other. And nothing connects people as playing.

In English, French and German the act of making theater and music is to play, jouer, spielen.

It's time to go out and play with our bodies, looking into each other’s eyes, like children - like adults - with theatre.

Theatre brings us closer - and that’s just what we need now.

Our partner

Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi
The Paolo Grassi  School of Theater is a longstanding and visionary study center. It is the only school in Italy to offer training for every profession in the field of theater and live performance.

It offers 5 curricular courses providing advanced theater training, talent and career development, continuing education and an Ex-tra section that allows the community to use the tools of theater.

2nd semester workshop

Dogs in the night-time

The main goal of the 2nd semester workshop is to work on a text written on purpose for theater, that means analysis of the text, distribution of characters, work on characters and on the delivery of lines.

Starting from the acting techniques learned, the training studied, and the experience made in the 1st term workshop, we will work specifically on a text, namely “The curious incident of the dog in the night-time” written by Simon Stephens.

It is a play belonging to the contemporary drama world, based on the novel with the same title written by Mark Haddon, already staged in England, USA and other European countries with great success (in Italy it was staged in Milan, during the last season at the Elfo Puccini Theater).

The story concerns a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog that is investigated by young Christopher Boone, who has an autism spectrum condition, and his relationships with his parents and school mentor. The play reworked the source material by changing its voice and presenting the story as a play-within-a-play.

Objectives, contents and opportunities

The text, thanks to the play-within-a-play system, allows us to work with a rather large group of actors: all of them will work on one or more characters.

The work will therefore start with an in-depth analysis of the text that will provide the basis for the next work: the construction of the character. This first part of the work could be carried out online, thinking to all the new rules related to the pandemic.

After that, in presence, we will work through the system of improvisations, theatrical games that will bring us closer and closer to our characters. We’ll start with the body (how is my character’s body, how does he/she walk, sit, jump, sleep…), we’ll understand how to talk with the body; then we’ll skip to the voice (how does my character think and talk, how does he/she say the lines) and at the end, like a painter, we’ll be able to make a perfect picture of the character. At that point let’s say that we’ll give the character its own life.

Finally, we will understand how to play a scene, with specific exercises, always based on our text. We will experiment how characters think, talk and move in the space with the others and, the most important feature, we will understand the reason because they say the words, the author wrote.

The rehearsal period will be organized with the weekly appointments of the classes staged, but it will be necessary for each participant to carry out a study and continuous independent work to get to the point.

It will be a real theatrical company experience.


The course is for anyone who wants to challenge themselves with theatre. This means making a commitment to the group - not missing lessons, doing a little homework when necessary, being open to the group’s needs.

The only requirement is a good level of English.

If the group should feel more comfortable improvising in Italian, the teacher will start using English when the group shows a good level of confidence.

The course is open to anyone from the Bocconi Community (priority will be given to students).


Lessons will initially be held online (when in-person, in the Campus Life Area in Via Bocconi 12) in the following dates at 6:30PM-9 PM:

  • 10, 17 and 24 February 2022 (online) = 2h lessons (6:30PM-8:30PM)
  • 10, 17, 24 and 31 March 2022 (in-person if possible, otherwise will continue online) = 2h½ lessons
  • 7 and 14 April 2022 (in-person if possible, otherwise will continue online) = 2h½ lessons 

Please note: to participate the Super Green Pass is mandatory.

Eventual Extra lessons

In case of extra lessons we will work around the idea of "open-reharsal" which means that the last meeting will be open to a selected audience. These people will partecipate to our work, they will see our training at the beginning, they will understand how a theater class is organized and, at the end, they will see part of the scenes we worked together.

It is not a common reharsal, it is not a complete show. It's a way to share our work, and meet some audience, that is a very importante element of the theater process.

Registration and participation fee

A participation fee of € 60 is required.

Registration should be made by 08/02/2022 by paying the participation fee through Bocconi University's online payment platform.

Click on "Access as BOCCONI USER", select "Campus life" and choose the product "Theater brings us closer".

Students can register simply by paying the registration fee.

Faculty and staff should first check availability by writing an email to campuslife@unibocconi.it

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Manuel Renga is professor of theatrical direction at the Paolo Grassi school and director himself.
He graduates at Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi in Milan in 2013. In the same year he participates at the contest "New focus on German drama" and is selected as director of "The Dog, the Night and the Knife", by M. Von Mayenburg (Piccolo Teatro Milano, ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro).
2014/16 Assistant director for "Storia di Q" by Dario Fo and Franca Rame staged at the Piccolo Teatro in Milano.
2016/2020 Director of more than 20 plays: "Per una donna" by Letizia Russo, "Activated carbon” by Nick Ronjun Yun, “Nuovo Eden” International Figure Theater Festival Arrivano dal mare in Rimini, “Romeo e Giulietta” by W. Shakespeare, “Borders are open!” (author and director) Festival Verdi Parma 2020.
He often works on plays for young audience: "Federico e l’allodola" and "Come Giacomino salvò il pianoforte del Maestro Puccini" new operas for kids, Festival Pucciniano in Torre del Lago.
2019 Director of "Elisir d'amore" As.Li.Co (Como) co-production Théâtre des Champs Elysées of Paris, Opéra de Rouen, Royal Muscat Opera (Oman).
Assistant director for Grahm Vick’s Don Giovanni produced by Opera di Roma.
2019-2020 Director of “Rigoletto” As.Li.Co (Como), co-production Bregenzer Teater Festspiele.
2021 Director of “Traviata” (Teatro Regio di Parma), “Don Pasquale” CSA Musci Festival Pescara.
Artistic director of Teatro Libero in Milan and CHRONOS3 Theatrical company.
Director, set and costume designer for Palketto Stage Milano International theater productions.


Giorgina Cantalini is didactic manager at the Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi in Milan, Italy. She obtained her PhD in Linguistics at Roma Tre University in 2018 with a dissertation on Gesture/Prosody Synchronization in Acting and Spontaneous Speech. She is an actress and a drama professor, and she has developed a technique for exploiting body movements for expressive reading.

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