Acting Workshop: A taste of Shakespeare


In English, French and German the act of making theatre and music is to play, jouer, spielen. We do it massively when we are children and we tend to forget it as grown-ups, too busy with our busy lives.

In Theatre we play with our bodies, our voices and our imagination: we start discovering multiple skills and release the energy of our creativity... and the sheer fun of just playing together!

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Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi
The Paolo Grassi School of Theater is a longstanding and visionary study center. It is the only school in Italy to offer training for every profession in the field of theater and live performance.


2nd semester workshop a.y. 2023-2024

Shakespeare fragments

Working on Shakespeare’s writing is a delightful and rewarding experience that offers wit, humour, insights into human nature, and creative freedom. These timeless – and, in some cases, hilarious - scenes from some of his plays, including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night, continue to entertain us with their universal themes and multifaceted characters. Engaging with Shakespeare's works encourages us to reflect on the complexities of the human experience whilst genuinely having fun within a team. 


The main goal of the 2nd term workshop is to stage a part of a real show, that will be the result of the entire course carried out during the year, or shortly to work with text. The following description is related to the whole project. Starting from the acting techniques learned, the training studied, and the experience made in the 1st term workshop, we will work specifically on some well-known monologues, dialogues or scenes from Shakespeare’s masterpieces. 

The text, thanks to the great amount of characters (real and fantastic), allows us to work with a rather large group of actors: all of them will work on one or more characters. The work will therefore start with an in-depth analysis of the text that will provide the basis for the next work: the construction of the character. To get there we will work through the system of improvisations, theatrical games that will bring us closer and closer to our characters.

Programme and calendar

> 7-14-21-28 February 
> 6-20-27 March
> 10-17April
> 6-8 May rehearsals and final show

The course will be held in-person in the Campus Life Area in Via Bocconi 12 from 7 to 9 pm.


The course is for anyone who wants to challenge themselves with theatre. The only requirement is a good level of English.

The course is open to anyone from the Bocconi Community (priority will be given to students).


Participation fee: 50 euro

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Manuel Renga

Manuel Renga is professor of theatrical direction at the Paolo Grassi school and director himself.
He graduates at Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi in Milan in 2013. In the same year he participates at the contest "New focus on German drama" and is selected as director of "The Dog, the Night and the Knife", by M. Von Mayenburg (Piccolo Teatro Milano, ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro).
2014/16 Assistant director for "Storia di Q" by Dario Fo and Franca Rame staged at the Piccolo Teatro in Milano.
2016/2020 Director of more than 20 plays: "Per una donna" by Letizia Russo, "Activated carbon” by Nick Ronjun Yun, “Nuovo Eden” International Figure Theater Festival Arrivano dal mare in Rimini, “Romeo e Giulietta” by W. Shakespeare, “Borders are open!” (author and director) Festival Verdi Parma 2020.
He often works on plays for young audience: "Federico e l’allodola" and "Come Giacomino salvò il pianoforte del Maestro Puccini" new operas for kids, Festival Pucciniano in Torre del Lago.
2019 Director of "Elisir d'amore" As.Li.Co (Como) co-production Théâtre des Champs Elysées of Paris, Opéra de Rouen, Royal Muscat Opera (Oman). Assistent director for Grahm Vick’s Don Giovanni produced by Opera di Roma.
2019-2020 Director of “Rigoletto” As.Li.Co (Como), co-production Bregenzer Teater Festspiele.
2021 Director of “Traviata” (Teatro Regio di Parma), “Don Pasquale” CSA Musci Festival Pescara.
2022 Director of “Rigoletto” (Theatre de Rouen, Theatre des Champs Elysees Paris), “Alì and the legend of the desert music” (Royal Opera House Muscat Oman), “Rigoletto” (Teatro Regio di Parma), “Chiara e Serafina” (Teatro Sociale Bergamo)
2023 Director of “Falstaff” (Teatro Regio di Parma), “Hamlet” (Teatro Sociale Busto Arsizio), “Lucia di Lammermoor” (Teatro Sociale Bergamo)
Artistic director of CHRONOS3 Theatrical company.
Director, set and costume designer for Palketto Stage Milano International theater productions.