Mario Biagini / Director of The Open Program

Mario Biagini (Italy), associate director of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, worked with Jerzy Grotowski during the last twelve years of the Polish theatre researcher’s life, and has been a central contributor to the practical research of the Workcenter from 1986 to the present day. In 2007, he initiated a new team of artists at the Workcenter, the Open Program. He directed numerous performances ("Dies Iræ: The Preposterous Theatrum Interioris Show," "I Am America," "The Hidden Sayings," among many others), as well as participatory events (such as "Open Choirs") and collective creations elaborated within the Bronx community in collaboration with local individuals and groups on the subject of mass incarceration in the USA ("Will be Heard I" and "Will Be Heard II") and more recently on affordable housing ("HOME"). He has ideated and supervised several large, international projects. As a widely recognized director and teacher, Biagini is regularly invited to speak about his work and to teach in prestigious schools and artistic institutions worldwide.