Romeo Castellucci (born 1960, Italy) graduated with a degree in painting and stage design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In 1981, jointly with Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, he founded Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio. Since then he has produced numerous plays as an author, director and a designer of sets, lighting, sound and costumes. His works, which combine multiple arts to achieve a holistic effect, have been presented in more than 50 countries. Castellucci’s dramatic lines challenge the primacy of literature. His theatre is a visual, complex art rich in vision. He has developed a language that is comprehensible in the same way as music, sculpture, painting and architecture can be. Since 2006, Castellucci has been working individually. His productions are regularly invited to the world’s most prestigious theatres, opera houses and festivals. 

Romeo Castellucci has released more than a dozen books and has received numerous awards and recognitions, amongst which:

 

  • Corresponding fellow - class of Arts (Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, 2019)

  • Best production, best director and best set designer for Salomé produced at Salzburger Festspiele (Opernwelt magazine, 2019)

  • Best production, Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher produced at Opéra de Lyon (Bachtrack Opera Awards, 2017)

  • Prize for the best scenography for the production of Go down, Moses (Premio UBU, 2015)

  • Best Opera Director for Parsifal produced at La Monnaie-De Munt Opera of Brussels (Opernwelt magazine, 2014)

  • Honoris Causa (Università di Bologna, 2014)

  • The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (La Biennale Teatro di Venezia, 2013)

  • Associated artist (Festival d’Avignon, 2008)

  • Artistic Director of the theatre section ‘Pompei’ (La Biennale di Venezia, 2005) 

  • Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic (2002)

  • Prize for Best International Production for Genesi. From the Museum of Sleep (Dublin Theatre Festival, 2000)

  • Ubu Prize (1997, 2000, 2004, and 2006 with special distinction).

  • Masque d’Or Prize for best foreign play for Orestea (una commedia organica?)(Festival Theatre des Ameriques in Canada, 1996)