AURORA GRASSO and FABRIZIO BELLINO met while attending the workshop of Commedia dell'Arte held by Nicoletta Vicentini in Rome, as part of their respective training courses at the European Theater Institute, a center that combines artistic and pedagogical aspects.

They decided to undertake a research path together.

Thus, they found themselves in Florence where they participated at the workshop of Commedia dell'Arte and Mask techniques conducted by Alessio Nardin, organized by Cantiere Obraz.

 

Masks became their guides and led them back to Rome, where they were admitted at the Atelier Commedia dell'Arte by ICRA Project, directed by Michele Monetta, having the opportunity to research the world of masks both from a historical and technical approach.

Their research continues.

They studied, deepened and experienced the Theatre and the Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire with Jordi Forcadas Baladier from the Forn de Theatre Pa’ Tothom of Barcelona and Roberto Mazzini of Giolli Coop as actors in different plays of Forum Theatre.

For the Architettando Association they made a theatre creation for an urban requalification project in collaboration with the Association Campomarzio of Trento and Superuse Studios of Rotterdam (NL).

Their research continues.

They deepened the material art and learned how to built masks and puppets, the illustration and color usage techniques, studying, amongst others, with Paola Del Ferraro, Bruno Leone's school, and Cristiana Cerretti, B17 Illustrations, developing later their own innovative methodology. 

Their research continues.

They participated as actors, directors and playwrights in various works of civil and contemporary theatre, mask and puppet theatre.

They hold workshops in the artistic and pedagogical fields mainly in social contexts.

 

Together, they are FIABRICA.

AURORA GRASSO

was born in a medieval village, embraced by castles and fields, the Brenta River and the factories, not far from the mountains, in Veneto, but part of her origins comes from the island of Etna.

She graduated as an actress, at the Venetian Theatre Academy of Venice, directed by Renato Gatto.

Pedagogist, she graduated in Pedagogy, with a Master's degree thesis on Shadow Theatre in pedagogy and therapy, at the University of Padua.

She graduated in Art Theatre Counseling, with a thesis on theatre direction, at the European Theatre Institute in Rome.

She graduated at the University Ca 'Foscari of Venice in History and Philosophy, with a thesis on the theatrical masks.

FABRIZIO BELLINO 

comes from a town nestled among the olive trees and the railways, the almond trees and eco-monsters, not far from the sea, in Puglia looking at the East.

He graduated in Dramaturgy and Screenplay at the National Academy of Dramatic Art Silvio D'Amico in Rome.

Pedagogist, he graduated in Pedagogy, with a Master's degree thesis on Puppetry in pedagogy and therapy, at the University of Padua.

He graduated in Theatre Direction with the play Due emigranti, at the European Theatre Academy in Rome.

He graduated in Science of legal services, with a thesis on theatre and cinema inside prisons, at the University of Bari Aldo Moro.