Biography

Lorenzo Gleijeses (Naples, 1980) made his theatre debut in 1991 with his father Geppy and Regina Bianchi (one of the most representative actresses of Eduardo De Filippo and Raffaele Viviani’s company). At an early age, he had the opportunity to work and train with the following directors: Luigi Squarzina, Armando Pugliese, Roberto Guicciardini (founder of Gruppo della Rocca). From 2000 to 2004 he explored different types of theatre pedagogies, working with many international masters, including Lindsay Kemp, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Yoshi Oida, Odin Teatret, the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski, Augusto Omolù, MK. Since 2001 he’s been a pupil of Julia Varley, a long-lasting member of Odin Teatret. They created Il figlio di Gertrude (Gertrude’s son) which earned him the 2006 Ubu Award for Best New Actor and a Best Newcomer nomination at the Oscar Olimpici del Teatro-Premi ETI. Lorenzo has worked in theater with Alfredo Arias, Eugenio Barba, Michele Di Stefano, Fanny & Alexander, Nikolaj Karpov, Andrej Konchalovskij, Cesare Lievi, Mario Martone, Antonio Rezza and Flavia Mastrella, Luigi Squarzina, Rafael Spregelburd, Julia Varley, among others. His latest performance An ordinary day in the life of the dancer Gregor Samsa is co-directed by Eugenio Barba, Julia Varley and Lorenzo himself (it is the first direction by the Master without his Odin Teatret actors).

Lorenzo has played many characters of the classic repertoire on stage, including Romeo, Hamlet, the Prince of Homburg, Uncle Vanya, Harlequin, Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, Shakespeare’s Henry V-Prince Hal, Woyzeck and Leonce (in Büchner’s Leonce and Lena). His works have been hosted in some of the most representative theatre spaces and festivals nationwide. His works have also been presented abroad, more specifically in France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland and Argentina. Lorenzo has directed several workshops in different universities and theatre centres, such as the DAMS in Bologna and Turin, Teatro di Roma, Mercadante Repertory Theatre in Naples, Calabria Repertory Theatre, the Punta Corsara project in Naples, the National Theatre School of Naples/Mercadante. From 2009 to 2011 he was the creator and artistic director of Quirino Revolution MAD, an international festival which opened the historic Roman theatre to theatre experimentation and new language research in performing arts. In his performances, he has directed Antonio Rezza, Kinkaleri, Ivo Dimchev, Marco Manchisi, Enzo Cosimi, Marilù Prati and Renato Nicolini, Biagio Caravano/Sigourney Weaver, Gianfranco Berardi, Vidal Bini, Stella Zannou, Maya Lipsker, Roy Carroll, Pietro Babina, Carol Allaire, Zapruder Filmmakersgroup, among others… In his years of film acting, Lorenzo has worked with Matteo Rovere, Michele Placido, Kim Rossi Stuart, Marco Tullio Giordana, Gabriele Lavia and Martone again…