Fabio Mangolini, born in Rome on 3 November 1964, graduated in Philosophy at the University of Bologna. In 1984, after taking part in theCantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano, he was invited by Marcel Marceau to take part in the École Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris Marcel Marceau, where he completed a three-year course in 1987. In his final year he specialised in direction, and in 1990 Marceau called him to teach at the École, the first of its alumni (1990-1995) ever to do so. In 1986 he joined Carlo Boso’s Les Scalzacani in Paris as a young Harlequin. He specialised in servants’ roles in the Commedia dell’Arte and, when he left the company in 1991, he continued to tour the world withCommedia performances, lectures, and courses for aspiring actors. In Paris in 1991 Fabio Mangolini studied under Nomura Kosuke, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Kyogen, before working with him from 1992-1994 in Tokyo. He received several sponsorships to do so, including the Artist Fellowship Program awarded by the Japan Foundation and a grant from the International Theatre Institute of the Japanese Ministry of Culture (Bunka-cho). In Japan, Fabio Mangolini also worked with Hldeo Kanze, a leading Noh interpreter,and with his Theatre/Dance Company Warabi-za.
After returning to Europe in 1994, he joined the Entreprise Company directed by François Cervantes, and stayed until 1996. In the meantime he worked as assistant director to Daniel Mesguich at the National Drama Centre in Lille. From 1994 to 1998, he gave courses in “Practical Theatre Styles” at the Arts du Spectacle Faculty at the University of Metz. Teaching has always been an important part of Mangolini’s theatre work, whether as a director or an actor. Over the years, he has held courses and workshops at some of the world’s leading drama academies, such as the GITIS and MKAT in Moscow, the BrusselsConservatoire and the Académie at the National Drama Academy in Limoges, at leading US and Latin American Universities, and lecturing and acting/directing at the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático in Madrid, latterly being awarded a professorship there. Fabio Mangolini is partner of the Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuali of Abano as a masked actor’s professor. He has held courses and workshops on the acting profession in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, El Salvador, Japan, the United States, Chile, and Russia.
He has acted under many famous directors, including Carlo Boso, Nomura Kosuke, François Cervantes, Roxanne Rizvi, Remi Barbier, Didier Doumergue… and toured Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, El Salvador, Japan, the United States, Chile, and Russia. Among the performances he has directed, mention must be made of La notte appena prima delle foresteby Bernard-Marie Koltès, Si o vello Sinbad volviese as illas by A. Cunqueiro (Galego Drama Centre in Santiago de Compostela (nine “Maria Casares” awards in 2000), Novecento by A. Baricco produced by theThéâtre Le Public in Brussels (twice nominated for the “Prix du Théâtre,” 2000), Coppia aperta by Dario Fo and Franca Rame, again produced by the Théâtre Le Public in Brussels, Enemigo de clase (Class Enemy) by Nigel Williams, Escuela de Bufones (Ecole de Boufons), La Balada del Gran Macabro (La Balade du Grand Macabre) by Michel de Ghelderode, and Mi chiamano Garrincha by Fabio Mangolini. His most recent work was Squash by Ernesto Caballero. In July 2009, he was appointed President of the Fondazione Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, Italy, which he left in 2011 to take on the work of Coordinator of the same Fondazione. Since December 2011, he has been President of the Associazione Scuola dell’Opera Italiana, where he is also the Artistic Consultant.