Laura Caparrotti

Born in Rome, has a degree in Performing Arts from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy. She also studied independently with Dario Fo (Nobel Prize for Literature 1997), Annie Girardot and Elsa Wolliaston, among others. In Italy she performed for over ten years in theater, with Giancarlo Cobelli, Mario Carotenuto, The Teatro Stabile di Torino, and many others. In New York Laura performed at The Kitchen with the Japanese company OM2 and in The Cosmic Legends Series. She directed and performed the following K.I.T. productions: at The Kitchen and at The Fringe Festival 1998 Black Paintings – a multi-media performance; Necklaces at the Abrons Art Center; Cabaret s’IL vous plait! (Series of comic sketches from the 50s to the present) and Una conversazione continuamente interrotta (adaptation of some excerpts by Ennio Flaiano). She was the guest curator in April 1998 at The Kitchen, for the Hybrid No 16th “No Peace Without Justice”, the co-curator of “Fellini-Flaiano: a different take” at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU in February 2000, “Fellini and The Myth of I Vitelloni in Italian Cinema” in the States in the year 2003.

She is the curator of “Excerpts of a Prince named Totò”, a series of events – including an exhibition – on Toto’ touring worldwide. In television, she worked as a journalist as well as an actress. She’s the performing arts and arts correspondent for several publications (America Oggi-Oggi7, All about Jazz, Usitalia, Touch of chic, NY magazine Italia). She has developed a method called Theater&Italian for children and adults that she teaches in NY and in NJ as well as in Rome.

She works continuously as voice over talent and as monitor/consultant mostly for Italian language (National Commercials and Industrials).  She is often invited to give lectures on theater and cinema; she has been also the US correspondent of some Italian Film Festival. Ms Caparrotti was part of the jury at the 2000 and the 2001 Avignon/New York Film Festival in Avignon, France, from 2003 to 2006 of the Brooklyn International Film Festival, as well as she was served as panelist for the New York State Council of the Arts.

She has directed and performed in Tosca e le altre due by Franca Valeri, The Papaleo Case – il Caso Papaleo by Ennio Flaiano (the first of a series that KIT has been dedicated to Ennio Flaiano’s theatre), in A, B, C a one-woman-show written by herself. She has also directed Philosophically Speaking by Eduardo De Filippo at the Bernie West Theatre in Manhattan; she is also the curator of the on-going exhibition Italians of Montclair, based on an Oral History Project about the Italian Immigration in Montclair, NJ. In 2005 she has been the assistant to the director in the Off Broadway Eduardo De Filippo’s Souls of Naples featuring John Turturro.

Nowadays Ms. Caparrotti continues working and touring as representative of the de Curtis Family, as an actress, a voice over talent, a director, a Theater&Italian teacher, a lecturer, a consultant, doing all of that as President and Artistic Director of KIT -Kairos Italy Theater Inc with the ultimate goal of spreading the Italian Culture and to create an Italian Culture Network in order to maintain and grow the knowledge of Italy in the States, and vice versa. In 2008, Ms. Caparrotti has started KIT in the city, a bi-lingual online news-magazine dedicated to cultural and every-day events in New York and Rome. Laura is a Member of the Lincon Center Director’s Lab and a member of its international sub-group WorldWideLab. She was recently an artist in residence at The Watermill Performance Center in Long Island (fall residency program). Since 2011 she is also Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.