Short Theatre is the multidisciplinary festival that since 2006, in Rome, has rejigged the signs pointing to the changing landscape of national and international live entertainment, with a layered program of shows, performances, installations, meetings, workshops, concerts and DJ sets. An open environment to research and exchange, one in which to develop new forms of transmission for theoretical and practical knowledge.

A time for the presentation of innovative languages inside the European and extra-European art scene, in which to offer established and emerging artists a space and a time in which to meet, get to know each other, confront each other.

In a complex metropolitan area like that of Rome, Short Theatre brings together the themes, content and subjectivity that define our present. Practice, theory, imagination and encounter are an organic part of a single artistic proposal, which dialogues with the spaces of the city to reactivate their meanings through reflection and curatorial practice, relaunching connections with the artistic community.

Short Theatre adopts tools and good practice in accordance with the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda, for the reduction of its environmental impact and the promotion of inclusiveness, training, growth and innovation.


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AREA06 is a platform working both in Italy and Europe that produces, organizes and promotes various cultural projects: educational programmes, festivals, artistic careers.
AREA06 is both a resource for projects development and an idea of cultural policy. Several subjects from different generations and professions take part in AREA06: managers, artists, administrators, young trainees, moodboarders searching for new ways of producing and communicating, for a different approach to theatre and other areas.
AREA06 is a member of the Associazione Scenario. AREA06 has been producing Short Theatre since 2006.

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Our Story

Yesterday___ Short Theatre was born in 2006 as a review of short theatrical formats within the program of Teatro di Roma at the behest of Fabrizio Arcuri, who is today co-artistic director of the innovative CSS Theatre of Friuli Venezia Giulia and former director of Massenzio International Festival of Literature, and in close collaboration with the companies and most active figures of the independent art scene in Rome, including Francesca Corona, artistic consultant until 2021 of Teatro India and today artistic director of the Festival d’Automne à Paris. The spark from which Short Theatre originated is the desire to emphasize contemporary dramaturgy in order to overcome the traditional idea of repertoire and bring the audience closer, to create a relationship capable of relating to the creative process. Having become independent from Teatro di Roma, which still remains one of the main partners of the festival, in 2010 Short Theatre began to migrate from the places included in the live show map and chose the Mattatoio as its new headquarters, coming into contact with other practices, languages, and aesthetics, establishing a lasting relationship with the space and then with the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, which today manages it. The festival continues to move in parallel in other places too: Villa Medici, Real Academia de España en Roma, Biblioteca Vallicelliana, some of the Biblioteche di Roma, and even WEGIL, the historic former headquarters of the Gioventù Italiana del Littorio building by architect Luigi Moretti, today a multipurpose centre reopened by the Lazio Region. Here Short Theatre, in collaboration with scholars, artists and activists, has helped to initiate reflection in a decolonial and transfeminist key.

Today___ Short Theatre is an independent reality that maintains solid relations with the main institutional and cultural realities of the city, both national and international. It maintains strong roots with its territory and with those communities referenced therein, performing a fundamental task of mediational, cultural and social interrelation, in a complex and fragmented capital like Rome. Its physiognomy is that of a “medium-scale” structure, from which derives a particular form of responsibility that the festival takes on with seriousness and enthusiasm: acting as a place of mediation between different scenes and generations, configuring itself as a subject capable of engaging with artists a relationship of proximity, closely supporting their growth. Thanks to the intense work of networking and European planning, it plays an increasingly important role at an international level, supporting the mobility of Italian companies abroad, and presenting for the first time in Italy the works of the most interesting artistic personalities of the European and non European panorama, including Jérôme Bel (FR), Tiago Rodrigues (PT), Dana Michel (CDN), Milo Rau (CH), Nora Chipaumire (USA), Rimini Protokoll (CH / FR), Marlene Monteiro Freitas (CV), Cecilia Bengolea (AR), Joris Lacoste (FR) – and selecting emerging talents from the most interesting backgrounds – Radouan Mriziga (MA / BE), Malika Taneja (IND), Jaha Koo (NL / KR), Oona Doherty (UK), and many others.

Tomorrow___ As it approaches its twenties, Short Theatre enters a new phase of life, projecting itself into a three-year period from 2022 to 2024 in continuity with what was built in the past but trying to reinvent its methods of action. The first fundamental move is represented by the choice of a new artistic direction, which changes for the first time after sixteen editions. This choice falls on Piersandra Di Matteo, a scholar, dramaturg and curator, who has been working for the festival since 2021. With this the design priorities that inspire Short Theatre’s new three-year plan are starting to emerge: regenerating the relationship with the urban dimension and with the local artistic and cultural community; expanding international relations and alliances with realities active in different fields, helping to further amplify the resonance of the festival in the cultural panorama; accompanying the creative processes and the growth phases of emerging creativity; paying particular attention to the relationship between philosophical and theoretical thought as well as artistic and political practices.

Short Theatre 2022’s staff


artistic direction |
Piersandra Di Matteo

general management and production |
Matteo Angius
Monica Maffei
Giulia Messia
Roberta Zanardo

with the collaboration of Francesco Deiana, Lisa Meneguzzo, Martina Bilzi, Raquel Rodriguez Gorgal, Thomas Valerio

logistics |
Giusy Guadagno
Beatrice D’Agnese

administration |
Elena Campanile

technical coordination |
Chiara Martinelli
Matteo Rubagotti

with the collaboration of Andrea Sangiorgio, Eleonora Savino, Valeria Notarinangeli

communication and promotion |
Lorenza Accardo
Giulia Flenghi
Francesco Di Stefano

with the collaboration of Francesca Vitale

ticket office |
Silvia Parlani
Francesco Di Stefano

social media
E45 | Brunella Basili, Gianluca Cheli e Caterina Occulto

CUT/ANALOGUE editorial staff
Piersandra Di Matteo
Beatrice Del Core
Giulia Flenghi
Simone Tso

press office |
Alessandro Gambino

with the collaboration of Ilenia Visalli

graphic art direction
Simone Tso

with the collaboration of Edoardo Romiti

Claudia Pajewski
Carolina Farina

CIRCA | Laura Accardo, Eleonora Mattozzi, Maria Giovanna Sodero

Accessibility manager
Diana Anselmo

Kalima Studio by Gaia Resta
Chiara Caimmi

web master
Manlio Ma

food and beverage

technical team
Davide Zanni, Domenico Ciavarella, Luca Marianelli, Stefano Venditti, Renato Piacentini, Amoni Vacca, Francesco D’Alessio, Riccardo Cola, Camila Chiozza, Stefano Toson, Paolo Savignani, Martino Salamina, Paolo Franco, Marco D’Amelio, Giacomo Cursi, David Ghollasi, Riccardo Giubilei, Daria Grispino, Marco Guarrera, Tommaso Salvoni, Martin Palma.

Thanks to every intern who offers their voluntary work.
Francesco Corsi, Aurora Gerini, Nicola Dal Maso, Alice Cottifogli, Carlo Travaglia, Lara Trentin, Valeria Notarangeli, Dunja Muric, Alice Badame, Beatrice Quartaruli, Cristina Zaharia, Sara Ferraiuolo, Erica Rossini, Nefer Anania, Federico Lancia, Cristina Pelliccia, Bianca Marzolo, Sara Buonomini