Leo de Berardinis
|Leo de Berardinis|
3 January 1940|
|Died||18 September 2008
|Occupation||Stage actor, theatre director|
|A picture of Leo de Berardinis|
Leo de Berardinis (3 January 1940 in Gioi – 18 September 2008 in Rome) was an Italian stage actor and theatre director. He was an important exponent of the Italian avant-garde theatre.
Biography and career
Born in Gioi, a village in southern Campania, de Berardinis grew up in the Apulian city of Foggia. After his first experiences as stage actor in the company of Carlo Quartucci, he started his collaboration with Perla Peragallo and, in 1968, he collaborated to the play Don Quixote of Carmelo Bene. During the 1970s, he moved to Marigliano, near Naples, with Perla Peregallo, in which he created several plays of improvisational theatre. In 1983 he collaborated with the Cooperativa Nuova Scena of Bologna and staged several Shakespearian plays, as Hamlet, King Lear and The Tempest. In 1987 he founded the company "Teatro di Leo" (i.e.: Leo's Theatre), which produced shows, workshops and meetings.
In 1994 de Bernardinis directed the St. Leonard Theatre of Bologna and, from 1994 to 1997, took over the artistic direction of the theater's Festival of Santarcangelo di Romagna. On 4 May 2001 he received the honorary degree of the University of Bologna, for the academic discipline of humanities.
- (Italian) Leo de Berardinis archive at the University of Bologna website
- (Italian) Leo de Berardinis on the Italian Encyclopedia Treccani
- (Italian) Theatre: Leo de Bernardinis is dead (Mediaset TGcom24)
- (Italian) Leo de Berardinis (myword.it)
- (Italian) "Goodbye to the actor Leo de Berardinis: the rebel of the theater was in coma (la Repubblica)
- (Italian) Leo de Berardinis and Perla Peragallo: Theatre as a Jam Session
- on YouTube
- (Italian) An interview to Leo de Berardinis
- (Italian) "Honorary degree to Leo de Berardinis" at the University of Bologna website
- (Italian) "Leo De Berardinis in serious condition" (la Repubblica)
- (Italian) "Leo's life ruined by that doctor" (l'Unità)
- (Italian) "The death of Leo de Berardinis" (Il Sole 24 Ore)