Chiara Lagani, actress and playwright, writes the original texts of the shows of the group Fanny & Alexander, based in Ravenna and founded by her and Luigi De Angelis in 1992. With Luigi de Angelis she shares the idea and artistic direction of all the projects. Among the original dramaturgies and the adaptations made by the company, we remember in particular the long cycle dedicated to Ada by Nabokov, the project Discorsi, the saga on the Wizard of Oz and the shows taken from The Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.
In 2017 she won the Riccione Special Prize for Dramatic Innovation and the following year a monograph dedicated to the Riccione TTV festival. In 2017 she also wrote with Elio Germano the show La mia battaglia which debuted in Riccione in the 2017/18 season. The text of the show has recently been released for Einaudi in the series "Super ET Opera Viva”.
She edited and translated, always for Einaudi, in the series "I Millenni", I Libri di Oz by Frank L. Baum (2017) illustrated by Mara Cerri and, in the series "Letture Einaudi", the third novel by Lewis Carroll, Sylvie e Bruno, published in June 2021. Also, together with Mara Cerri, Chiara Lagani is the author of the comic L'amica geniale, based on the novel by Elena Ferrante, released for Coconino Press in May 2022.
For over twenty years she has been carrying out a project for children that is divided into works with and for children. With the children, she staged Giallo, live radio drama, then broadcast by Rai Radio3 (2013). For children it is OZ (2020), a multi-choice show based on the Baum saga.
Chiara Lagani is part of the selection jury of the new Campiello junior prize.
She conducts workshops for actors and playwrights in Italy and abroad in various contexts: festivals, universities and schools of theater. In the academic year 2017/18, she held at the IUAV University in Venice the Workshop of staging as part of the master’s degree course in theatre and performing arts. In 2021/22 she held the course of techniques of dramaturgic writing at the Civica Scuola Di Teatro Paolo Grassi in Milan.
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