Paola De Crescenzo


Paola De Crescenzo
Dramatic actress
Paola De Crescenzo earned a degree in philosophy and literature at the University of Parma and also studied at Bologna's Scuola di Teatro "Alessandra Galante Garrone". She made her debut at Teatro Valle in Rome alongside Leo de Berardinis and then launched her career as a member of the ensemble of Parma's Teatro Due. She has worked together with such directors as Walter Le Moli, Gigi Dall’Aglio, Luca Ronconi, Dominique Pitoiset, Henning Brockhaus and Piero Maccarinelli. She has also taken the stage in historic theatres like Parma's Teatro Farnese and the Greek theatre of Syracuse. Her first major role was as Charlotte Corday in the Italian premiere of Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade that Le Moli directed at Rome's Teatro Argentina.
At the “Cultural Olympiad” held during the 2016 Winter Olympics in Turin, she appeared in two of the five plays directed by Ronconi: Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and Giorgio Ruffolo's Lo specchio del diavolo (“The Devil's Mirror”). She later joined the permanent acting company of Turin's Teatro Stabile, where her roles included Dido, Antigone and Clytemnestra as she worked with new directors such as Claudio Longhi, Victor Arditi and Elie Malka.
In 2007, at the festival of the Union of European Theatres in Turin, she portrayed the countess in Longhi's production of the Beaumarchais play The Marriage of Figaro and also performed in a work based on Euripides's drama Iphigenia in Aulis that was directed by Malka.
Also in 2007, she took part in the Stresa Festival and the MITO international music festival, appearing at the latter in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream performed to the music of Mendelssohn. This piece was also performed at Parma's Teatro Regio under the musical direction of Yuri Temirkanov, with De Crescenzo performing the dual roles of Hippolyta and Titania to tremendous acclaim. In 2011, the work was also performed at La Fenice in Venice, this time under the baton of Gabriele Ferro. Further important milestones in her acting career have included performing in Roberto Cavosi's production of Lo strano caso della morte di Treplev Constantin Gavrilovic, Massimiliano Farau's production of Il Bicchiere della Staffa and Bruno Armando's production of Extremities. Other important roles in her career have included Beatrice in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Molly in Israel Horovitz's Line.
In addition, she has taken part in drama courses at the IUAV University of Venice and in other educational projects, including at the Deutsches Theater Berlin and the Zagreb Youth Theatre. She has also appeared in television series and videos, as well as in Mauro Campogiani's 2009 film La cosa giusta and Mauro Magazzino's 2013 short film L’incontro. In 2013, she was also highly acclaimed for her role in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? at Rome's Teatro Argentina.