Teresa Ludovico

Director and writer Teresa Ludovico was born in the southern Italian town of Gioia del Colle, and has been working with Teatro Kismet in Bari for twenty three years as an actress, writer and director, and for the last two years as Artistic Director of the company. Teresa has collaborated with Teatro Koreja in Lecce as an actress. She has been assistant director to Marco Martinelli and performed in some of his shows. She was drawn to music theatre projects early on, writing and performing Medea Opera Without Song composed by Giovanni Tamborrino.

For Teatro Kismet she wrote and directed: Nairice, Reputi of Medea Opera Without Song, Hecuba and her Children, Beauty and Beast (which won the 2002 Stregagatto award for best production for young audiences and toured internationally for five years); Gilgamesh, The Travelling Companion and The Snow Queen, a co-production with Athens Festival which also toured extensively in Europe.

Continuing her research into Andersen, Teresa directed The Swineherd Prince, Nino Rota’s opera for children, co-produced with the Fondazione Lirico Sinfonica Petruzzelli and the N. Piccinni Conservatoire in Bari, and restaged in the UK in collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and the REP.Further music collaborations include Peer Gynt in Bari, the concert-theatre piece Simurgh with the Arabic/Italian ensemble Radiodervish; the opera Elisa by Tamborrino (FondazionePetruzzelli); the opera The Legend of Saint Cecilia by Chausson (Collegium Musicum) and director and narrator for The Fairy Queen by Olivier Cadiot and Niente di Umano by Marie Ndiaye as part of a project to promote contemporary French drama in Italy, Face Face.

More recent productions for Teatro Kismet include: a new adaptation of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac; The Mermaid Princess; The Paradox of the Policeman and Tex Willer and La Manomissione delle Parole, both by Gianrico Carofiglio; and she directed and acted in Piccola Antigone and Cara Medea by Antonio Tarantino. She also created Balbettio, a production for early years, and adapted and directed Vite Spezzate.

Teresa has enjoyed a long association with Setagaya Public Theatre in Tokyo, where she wrote and directed Yuki No Joou (The Snow Queen) and Ningyohime (The Little Mermaid) working with Japanese casts. She also wrote and directed the award-winning production Tabi to Aitsu to Ohimesama (inspired by Andersen’s The Travelling Companion), which opened the new Za Koenji Public Theatre in 2009 and will be revived for the fifth year running in September 2013.

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