Company Members

All the talents on this page are native Italians. While Italian is their mother tongue, they are also perfectly fluent in English. To contact them, please send an email to info@kitheater.com or call 212-254 4025.

 

MEMBERS
Laura Caparrotti Laura Caparrotti (Artistic Director)
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.
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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 has directed and performed in The Papaleo Case – il Caso Papaleo by Ennio Flaiano (the first of a series that KIT has been dedicated to Ennio Flaiano’s theatre) and 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. 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. 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 ofKIT -Kairos Italy Theater Inc (www.kitheater.com) 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.

Vito Di Bella Vito Di Bella
Palermo, Sicily-born Vito Di Bella has garnered international praise for his stage and screen work. After studying under Luca Ronconi in Turin, Di Bella was honored with the prestigious Gianni Agus award by the National Association of Theatre Critics in his native Italy after his turn in the Ronconi-directed Qualcosa di Vero Dev’Esserci, based on Luigi Pirandello’s Noble-Prize winning literature.
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Di Bella, who now resides in New York City, later channeled the experience while collaborating with Martha Clarke for his lead role in the New York Theatre Workshop’s production of Pirandello’s Kaos (2006). Before coming to N.Y., Di Bella challenged his range with projects both experimental and mainstream, including acclaimed films and television series, starring in Un Posto al Sole(2003–2005), the hugely successful Italian soap opera, as well as legendary interactive endeavors with Valter Malosti and Davide Iodice.  In 1994, DiBella caught the attention of visionary director Robert Wilson, who cast him in numerous shows over the following decade, including groundbreaking works such as T.S.E., 70 Angels on the Façadeand G.A. Story. Di Bella, who polished his craft at The Living Theatre with Judith Malina, built on such impressive undertakings when he teamed with Carlo Cecchi. Throughout his time in the cinematic heavyweight’s company, Di Bella, who is also trained in classic and modern dance as well as singing, earned praise for his portrayal of William Shakespeare’s iconic characters, Rosenkrantz (Hamlet) and Claudio (Measure for Measure) – and Molière’s Damis in Tartuffe(2007-2008). Di Bella has performed all over Europe, capturing audiences at the Festival D’Automne in Paris and the El Greco Festival in Barcelona.

Natasha Lardera
Natasha Lardera is a journalist, translator, writer, researcher, critic and managing editor. She is a bi-lingual (English/Italian) expert on food, wine, tourism, and cinema. She learned her craft and honed her skills in a practical way: She packed her belongings, got to know Italy, where she lived, studied, researched, and fell in love with the idea of spreading abroad the Italian way of life.
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Through the years she has been contributing articles for: Alta Cucina Society's web site, site on food, wine and the culinary experience; New York Magazine EuropeTaste of Chic Magazine, of which she is also managing editor, trade magazine on luxury living; NAME Magazine, Italian trade magazine focused on hospitality; America Oggi Italian Newspaper, an Italian-language daily newspaper, where she writes about film and food;, special journalism project funded by the Italian Foreign Affairs I-Italy Digital Project Minister, The Minister of Employment, the European Community and Rome’s University La Sapienza. She has earned experience in the field by being Managing editor for magazines published by Beautiful Publishing. Bell'Italia USA, for example, was a magazine specialized on travel to Italy. In addition to working as managing editor she also was in charge of the film and food sections for which she wrote original content. As a translator of literary texts for Kairos Italy Theater, she has collaborated in the production of shows such as Accattone in Jazz, play with Italian celebrity Valerio Mastandrea, based on Pasolini’s film Accattone, performed at Lincoln Center. Other texts she has worked on are by Dino Buzzati, Totò, and more Italian personalities.
Marta Mondelli

Marta Mondelli
Marta was born in Napoli, Italy and raised in Bologna. She graduated in Ancient History at the University of Bologna and in acting at the European Theater School of Bologna. In Italy she appeared as a protagonist in productions of her theater company, Chièdiscena, from 1999 to 2001. She also performed in movies: Quore, and Stai con me with Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Adriano Giannini.

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Since she moved to New York in 2002 she has been studying acting with Susan Batson and performing in short and feature films, among others Crossing with Anthony Mackie, Come Away with Me with the Italian actress Mariangela Melato, The Groomsmen with Brittany Murphy and Ed Burns. She is part of SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and of New York Women In Film and Television. In 2004 she had leading roles in several off-off Broadway productions: The Papaleo Case, at the Theater for the New City, The Hole in the Bathroom Floor for the Samuel French Festival, Eduardo in Poetry at the Bernie West Theater; and in the off-Broadway show Box of Fools at the HERE Arts Center, New York. She is the Associate Director of the Theatre and Education department of KIT-Kairos Italy Theater, the NY based Theater Company that performs in English and Italian. She also wrote two one woman shows: City by City, Author by Author, about Italian culture and literature, successfully performed at the Dartmouth College in 2005 and in Naples, Florida in 2006; and The Italian Body, on Italian gestures and their origin in Commedia dell’Arte presented at Dartmouth College in 2006. She teaches Italian&Theatre workshop for children and teenagers, for KIT in conjunction with several Institutions. Since 2006 she is a freelance journalist (she writes for the Huffington Post on Italian culture). Her first script, the dramas Eve’s Story, was finalist at the Screenplay Festival 2005. She recently wrote and directed the dark comedy The Contenders, currently in post-production.

Emanuele Secci Emanuele Secci
Emanuele was born in Sardinia - Italy, and has an eclectic professional education. His career started as a concert pianist; after graduating at the Conservatory of Music in Cagliari, his hometown, he continued the piano training with Gyorgy Sandor from „Julliard school“ and later attended the Vienna Music Academy in Austria. In 1994 he graduated in Theatre, TV & Film at the “American Musical and Dramatic Academy“, in New York City.
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In New York, both as an actor and as a director, Emanuele Secci appeared in several off and off-off Broadway theatres such as La MaMa Theatre, The Mint Theatre, The Ansonia Theatre, The Inner Space Theatre, The Theatre-Studio and more. He appeared on TV serials such as Loving on ABC and several films like Angels & Demons by Ron Howards, David’s Searching by Leslie Smith, Oh no, not her, directed by Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor. In New York City, Emanuele Secci directed numerous off-off Broadway shows: It´s a Mental process, Welcome to America, only to mention a few. In Italy, Calvin Klein used his voice for the CK One perfume TV and Radio commercial, and interpreted the Inspector De Riu in the TV film La Uno Bianca with Kim Rossi Stuart. Winner with the film „Point of view“ of the 1st prize at the „Corto anch’io“ International Film Festival in CINECITTA’ STUDIOS, in Rome, February 2003. In march 2000 he was awarded the 2nd prize at the “Cagliari in Cortometraggio“ Film Festival with the film “Rhymes of Wax”; Emanuele Secci’s filmography includes “Specific Types”, filmed in Prague and presented at the “52nd International Film Festival of Salerno” in the year 2000, “Analisi Terminale”, filmed in Alessandria, Italy, “Nothing Personal”, a series of television pilots filmed in New York City. “Point of View” was also presented as “Special Guest” (not in competition) at the final evening of the “Guerilla Film & Video Festival” in August 2001 in New York City and in May 2003 the film ”Scitoforola”, a surreal comedy filmed in Sardinia, Italy, received a „Special Recognition Award“ at the „Los Angeles Italian Awards Film Festival“. „Disorderly Conduct“ is his latest short film. Emanuele is KIT’s member since 2004, as an actor in The Papaleo Case and Cabaret s’il vous plait!, and as a director in NY for the documentary on Toto’ You don’t know who Toto’ is!
COLLABORATORS
Lucretia Moroni

Lucretia Moroni (Set, Costumes)
Born in Milan, Italy, Lucretia Moroni attended the renowned Van der Kelen School in Brussels and continued her training in interiors with the Renzo Mongiardino architecture firm in Milan. After working with Franco Zeffirelli for the sets of La Traviata, she moved to New York City in the early 1980’s. She has worked on a large number of private and public projects, including the renovation of Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, residences in Italy, South America and the U.S. Her work has been published widely in design and general magazines worldwide.
Lucretia Moroni in 1997, also founded Fatto a Mano, a creative workshop located in New York, which designs and produces a variety of printed silk and linen fabrics, a collection of wallpapers, floor treatments such as faux-mosaics, painted rugs and wood inlays, murals and glass and mirror panels.  
For more information on Lucretia, go to: www.fatto-a-mano.com

 

 

Francesca Todesco

Francesca Todesco (Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher)
Francesca is of Swiss Italian origin and studied dance in Europe and the U.S. She is a dancer with Catherine Gallant/DANCE and a member of Dances by Isadora since 2000, as well as Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble since 2003.  She has performed  in repertoire by Isadora Duncan, Jose Limón, Charles Weidman and Anna Sokolow, among others. She took part in the movie Classified Rebels and the Italian documentary A me piacerebbe  ballare, directed by Roberta  Grasselli. She recently performed with Deborah Carr Dance Theater in repertoire by Charles Weidman under the direction of Gail Corbin and Deborah Carr, and works by Isadora Duncan and Catherine Gallant. Francesca teaches repertory when traveling to Europe and runs her own children’s dance and theater program in Hoboken, NJ since 2005.