Giuseppe Arone

Educational background in social-political studies, he has worked as a theater and productions coordinator, working for over 20 years on live shows for companies and festivals, productions recognized both nationally and internationally, including work by Teatridithalia-Elf Portaromana Associati Milan, Fabbrica Europa in Florence,Teatro della Pergola Florence. He has also collaborated on the DMT section of the Venice Biennale for 6 years.


Carolina-GaminiCarolina Gamini

Performer trained in London (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mercury School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance) and Florence (A. Riccio, A. Craig). Since 2001, she has collaborated on national and international film and television productions, including the BBC, acting in films, short films, docu-dramas, live broadcasts, and national theatre productions. She has worked with distinguished directors such as M. della Fonte, A. Riccio, A. Craig, and B. Hochwald. In 2005 she founded “La Compagnia del Giallo / The Yellow Society”, where she continues to work as an actress.

Gherardo-Vitali-RosatiGherardo Vitali Rosati

Theatre critic for Italian and foreign press. He has collaborated with RAI (TG3), Corriere della Sera, and has published his work in Theater Magazine (the Yale University quarterly) and La Regle du Jeu (the magazine edited by Bernard-Henri Lévy). He holds a PhD in the History of Theatre, and studied in Florence with Siro Ferrone and in Paris with Georges Banu. His work has been showcased in France, USA and Italy.


Tim Daish

Tim studied Italian and Politics at the University of Exeter, and later trained as an actor at Scuola di Teatro Colli, in Bologna, Italy and in the Meisner technique with Tom Radcliffe.
Stage appearances include Volcano by Noel Coward, UK tour and on the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre, The Winter’s Tale for Propeller, A Man for All Seasons for Bill Kenwright’s UK Tour & West End at Theatre Royal Haymarket, and in a more recent production for Theatre Royal, York; The Taming of The Shrew Creation Theatre, Oxford, Poor Mrs Pepys for the New Victoria Theatre directed by Heather Davies, Privates on Parade at Jermyn Street Theatre, Me and My Girl at the Northcott Theatre.
On film he has appeared in numerous short films and also in Robin Hood directed by Ridley Scott, in the mini series L’Oriana directed by Marco Turco for Fandango/RAI Uno, and in the feature films Stalking Eva and The Evil Inside. Tim also works as a translator, writer and script editor on various film and theatre projects.

Marisa GarreffaMarisa Garreffa

Marisa studied Cultural Studies and Performance at Curtin University, and has a Post Graduate in Directing from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has been writing and touring original theatre works as Mondo di Corpo since 2005, including Performance and Education packages throughout Shanghai and Beijing. Recently in Europe she has worked with Teatro de los Sentidos for Göteborg’s Art and Dance Festival, completed an artistic residency at Au Brana, France, and is living in Florence while she writes her first book.

Claudio Fanetti

Visual artist. Studies in Economics, Philosophy and Graphic design. When he is not travelling around the Globe, he works with Video because he believes it’s the best way to tell stories and spread emotions. He is skilled on projections, filming, editing, animation. He’s been working on filming events, performances, interactive installations and promotional videos.

Cristiano BrizziCristiano Brizzi

Aiming to create a bridge between Italian history and contemporary culture. Cristiano is native Italian, born and raised in Massa e Cozzile. He Studied Economics of Tourism, and specialized in Tourism Marketing. After spending a significant amount of time in both Madrid and London, he decided to return to his roots. Since then being very much driven by his passion for Italy and its many unique qualities and areas of excellence, especially its artisanal culture. He has developed a significant knowledge in this area that guides his marketing and communication strategies. Additionally, growing up in a vegetarian and micro-biotic household, instilled in him a belief in sustainability; environmental, social and corporate sustainability. He has undertaken various roles at the Salviatino Collection in Florence, including Events Manager, Sales Director and Revenue Manager.

Roberta-brizziRoberta Brizzi

Born in Florence, she graduated from the Institute of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, she specializes in the restoration of works of cultural heritage and decorative excellence. She opened her workshop in the Castle of Buggiano, in the heart of Tuscany. Her conscientious use of decoration, unique craft and production, and the use of details in precious materials, is all executed with a wealth of artisanal knowledge consolidated over time. This expertise has allowed the comforting charm of history to be revitalized, where special paints and patina are used to recreate the enchanting environments and atmospheres of the past. Her artistic design is inspired by the Florentine Renaissance, an era marked by a peak in the affirmation of the artisan as an artist who specializes in developing new techniques and styles. Originality and attention to detail enrich Roberta Brizzi’s pieces, transforming them from mere furniture accessories into objects of art of rare and unique beauty. Roberta Brizzi collaborate with architects, interior designers, and renowned furniture companies of international prestige such as “Porte del Passato” in Perugia and Chelini in Florence.


The oldest workshop in Florence that has been passed down from father to son until today. Filistrucchi workshop was born in a particular moment of history in which a barber was also a hair stylist, an apothecary, a dentist, a phlebotomist, a perfume maker, an aesthetician, and a makeup artist for both men and women. It was in this age that wigs, created in the 1600s as an accessory in constant evolution, started to be used by nobles, dames, knights and servants. Growing scenic demands allowed the Filistrucchi workshop to orient itself towards theatre, where its presence had already become recognized backstage in some of the major Italian theatres of the era: Teatro della Pergola, Teatro alla Scala, Florence’s Teatro Comunale, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, Il San Carlo, La Fenice, il Petruzzelli, Teatro di Genova, Milano’s Il Piccolo Theatre, the New York Metropolitan Theatre, and the Boston Opera. The great characters of drama, musicals, and dance that have represented Filistrucchi are numerous and varied, including one of the most celebrated lyrical singers, Maria Callas. Filistrucchi’s work in the world of cinema and television still continues today, as it has collaborated with several famous producers and actors including Takeshi Kitano in La storia di tre città, in which Kitano played the role of Niccolò Machiavelli.

Bari HochwaldBari Hochwald

In 2005 Bari Hochwald co-founded Florence International Theatre Company which she ran as Producing Artistic Director for 4 seasons. In 2010 she founded The Global Theatre Project, a US not-for-profit  The main focus of which is the inspiration of engaged global citizenship and creatively-led community development.  Her directing ranges from the development of new work to the interpretation of old classics. Among which was introducing Florence to the beloved musical ‘The Fantasticks!’; The GTP’s inaugural event of ‘Being Harold Pinter’ in support of The Belarus Free Theatre with Ed Harris and James Cromwell; and the US premiere of ‘A Stubborn Woman: a Theatrical Memorandum on Anna Politkovskaya’ by Stefano Massini.
As an actress she has appeared in Florence as well as regional theatres throughout the US, worked in the development of over 50 new plays, and was nominated and awarded for many of her performances by the Los Angeles Critics Circle. She has acted beside many well-known artists including Josh Brolin, Sharon Stone,  Matthew Fox and Roy Scheider; starred in several independent films both in Italy and the US and can still be seen on numerous television productions including: ‘C.S.I. ‘, ‘Desperate Housewives,’ and ‘Star Trek – Voyager, Enterprise and DS9’.

tina_bnwTina Boyadjieva

Tina has over 10 years professional experience in finance and fashion from E&Y, Deloitte and Burberry in New York City. She used to come to Florence during the summers and study art history at Scuola Toscana as her creative outlet/educational vacation. She met Cristiano and Beppe as a guest at the Medici Dynasty show during the summer of 2015 and immediately was driven to the originality and cause of the performance. She is now working as a Sales & Marketing associate helping promote the unique concept of the show and contribute to the continuation of the artistic heritage of Florence in her own way.


Brianna PohlBrianna Pohl

A California girl and self proclaimed Italy enthusiast, Brianna found her way back to Italy after falling in love with la dolce vita during her year studying abroad in Florence. She studied Fine Art and Italian at California State University Long Beach and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. Brianna is passionate about art, art history, cross cultural learning, and language. She studied and performed classical ballet for over 10 years. She has also exhibited her drawings and paintings in various states in America and in Florence. She enjoys painting, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. Art has always been an important part of Brianna’s life and she is inspired to be working with all the talented people who are a part of The Medici Dynasty Show.


Tessa Cole

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Tessa has found her way to Florence, Italy by the strike of Cupid’s arrow. She fell in love with her husband and decided to call Florence her second home. She started writing poetry when she was eleven years old and knew then she wanted to be a writer. Since she was a little girl, Tessa has always had a passion for colors, dance and music. She has received her degrees in Art and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Santa Barbara, California. Before coming to Florence, she lived in New Mexico where her love for the desert and its vast landscapes, endless colors and limitless skies inspired her to be a photographer. Her background in Art and Cultural Anthropology lead her to her life’s work in Storytelling and Creative Writing which in turn lead her into Narrative Journalism. Her experiences in travel, living in various places and learning Italian has taught her the importance of communication and the need for community. Tessa also has a love for history, architecture and nature photography. She believes that storytelling brings a message of equality because it is through sharing our stories that we truly connect with one another.