Andrea Grancini – Theatre Group Leader

AG photoAndrea Grancini was born in Italy in 1974.

He has a Master´s Degree in Economics and a broad experience in the Administration sector gained during his work for development projects in different countries: Italy, Peru, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and South Africa. His goal was to help people that live in difficult conditions.

Besides the economic studies he has been investing in his education in theatre for years since 1994. In Italy he co-established a theatre group, he self-trained for many years, he played social theatre and co-created plays to raise awareness about homeless, refugees and excluded people.

From 1994 to 2012 he trained in Italy, Germany and attended different courses with focus on: thinking and building the scene, voice, physical theatre, movement and mask. In 2013 he decided to change his career, so he went to Berlin to study a program that offered him an interdisciplinary approach to self-development in and through the performing arts. The course is called Integral Movement and Performance Practice, it is run by Lispa (London International School of Performing Art) and it’s linking the most important cornerstones of Jacques Lecoq’s teachings around movement, masks and playfulness with C.G. Jung’s concepts for personal growth. He also studied Massage and Reflexology.

At the moment he is working as Self Employed Actor, Theatre Practitioner and Bodyworker: he is leading the Drama Group of Opening Doors Association, working for Helen O´Grady Drama Academy, doing courses about physical theatre focused on movement and self- expression and co-creating a theatre and visual art project about the theme of identity.

His goal is to facilitate processes where people can tap into their own creativity, imagination and intuition to express stories and emotions with movement and to allow their “body inside the body” to appear. Through physical theatre the body creates with playfulness and become fully present in a scene to transmit a story in a credible way so that it takes life in the audience’s imagination.