Theatre Is the People Who Make It. The Romanian Theatre-work Experience by an Italian Director


  • Roberto Bacci CSRT Theatre of Tuscany


Romanian Theatre, National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca, Theatre Laboratory, Era di Pontedera


The present paper presents the journey of an Italian director in Romanian theatre, from the first encounter with Romanian great performances abroad, in  Festivals, to the work on stage with Romanian actors, and for a Romanian audience, in Cluj-Napoca. The National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca offered the place of  this encounter of different energies, ways of living, making and approaching theatre, and the space for an artistic challenge: to work not only in the  experimental way the director was used to at the Laboratory in Pontedera, but to find the right path in the more strict system of a Repertory Theatre and for  a much larger audience in a shorter laps of time. This journey is not only about theatrical places but also and mainly about people met there, about  exchanges, work, challenges, wishes, artistic results in the past and the present and projections in the future.

Author Biography

Roberto Bacci, CSRT Theatre of Tuscany

ROBERTO BACCI is the Artistic Director of the CSRT Theatre of Tuscany and founder of Fondazione Pontedera Teatro, from Italy. Together with Carla Pollastrelli he invited Jerzy Grotowski in Pontedera, in order to create an Institute, where to develop a permanent research activity. In 1986, Grotowski moved in Pontedera and he established, in the same year, The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski. Roberto Bacci took part in various theatre projects, along with Peter Brook, Anatoli Vasiliev, Raul Ruiz, Sanjukta  Panigrahi, Julian Beck and Judith Malina. Between the years 1978 and 1987 he was the Artistic Director  of The International Theatre Festival of Santarcangelo di Romagna, and from the year 1990 until 1998 he has been leading The Internationa Festival Volterra Teatro and Passaggio in Pontedera (the last  known as Generazioni starting with the year 2000). From 2002 to 2015, he has been the artistic director  of the theatrical section of the international festival Fabbrica Europa in Florence. He directed over thirty performances in Italy and three performances on the main stage at the National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca.




How to Cite

Bacci, R. (2022). Theatre Is the People Who Make It. The Romanian Theatre-work Experience by an Italian Director. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai - Dramatica, 63(2), 133–150. Retrieved from