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.
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 Theatre in Naples, Teatro Stabile di Calabria, Punta Corsara project, the National Theatre School /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…
In 2015 he created 58° Parallelo Nord (58th Parallel North). In this new project developed and directed by Lorenzo, dromoscopy and bewilderment are presented as a possible ground for the artistic exchange in a shared creative process challenging the monocratic role of the demiurge artist. Eugenio Barba and Julia Varley (Odin Teatret), Michele Di Stefano and Biagio Caravano (MK), Luigi De Angelis and Chiara Lagani (Fanny & Alexander), Mirto Baliani and Roberto Crea are some of the fellow artists involved in this journey. This work brought them together in a kind of open theatre workshop. This shared creative process completed in 2020 resulted in two different stage performances starring Lorenzo: An ordinary day in the life of the dancer Gregor Samsa and Corcovado. In An ordinary day in the life of the dancer Gregor Samsa, co-direction and dramaturgy are by Barba, Gleijeses and Varley (it is the first direction by the Master outside of Odin Teatret), while Corcovado is a performance developed by Luigi De Angelis and Michele Di Stefano.