Corrado d'Elia (Milan, 27 August 1967) is an Italian actor and theatre director.
He is also a playwright and a planner and promoter of cultural events and festivals.
He was born in Milan and studied acting at Paolo Grassi School of Dramatic Arts.
In 1995 he created the Teatri Possibili project: Theatre Company, Acting School, Network of Theatrical Venues, Organization for the production and management of live shows in the performing arts.
Career as an event planner and manager in the performing arts
From 1998 to December 2015 he was Director of Milan's Teatro Libero.
He was Artistic Director of the following venues: Milan's Teatro Olmetto (1996-1999) – Rome's Teatro Belli (2003-2006) – Rome's Teatro Della Dodicesima (2006-2007) – Florence's Teatro Everest (2006-2009) – L'Aquila's Teatrozeta (2006-2009);
he was also Artistic Director during Teatri Possibili's festivals at the following venues: Monza's Teatro Villoresi (2003-2007) – Verona's Alcione (2003-2007) – Lugano's Studio Foce (2003-2007) – Trento's Teatro Cuminetti – L'Aquila's Teatro Sant'Agostino.
Since 2007 he is Artistic Director of Teatri Possibili Liguria.
For the “Theatres of Western Liguria” project (which he has been co-directing since 2008) he has organized seasons and events for the theaters of Loano, Finale Ligure, Imperia, Bordighera, Cervo, Pieve di Teco, Ventimiglia and San Remo.
In 2014, as Artistic Director of Teatro Libero, he organized the International Festival of Theatre Direction in Milan.
Starting in January 2016 he was Artistic Co-Director at MTM Manifatture Teatrali Milanesi (the organisation that manages Milan's Teatro Litta, Teatro Leonardo and Cavallerizza)
In 2019 he launched the “Beautiful Season” project in Milan, of which he is the creator and Artistic Director.
Career as an artist
With respect to the shows produced by the Teatri Possibili Company, now Corrado d'Elia Company, he is an acclaimed actor and theatre director in the following shows:
A Respectable Wedding by Bertolt Brecht (1996)
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (1997)
Othello by William Shakespeare (1999)
Caligula by Albert Camus (2001)
Macbeth by William Shakespeare (2004)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare (2005)
Novecento by Alessandro Baricco (2007)
Don Giovanni (of which he is also the author) (2002)
Richard III by William Shakespeare (2008)
The Mistress of the Inn by Carlo Goldoni (2009)
The Legend of Redenta Tiria by Salvatore Niffoi (2010)
White Nights, based on Fëdor Michajlovic Dostoevskij's White Nights (2010)
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (2011)
Ulisse, il ritorno (of which he is also the author) (2013)
Io, Ludwig van Beethoven (of which he is also the author) (2013)
Non Chiamatemi Maestro (of which he is also the author) (2014)
Iliade, based on Homer's Iliad (of which he is also the author) (2016)
Io, Moby Dick (of which he is also the author) (2017)
Poesia, la vita (of which he is also the author) (2018)
Dante, Inferno (of which he is also the author) (2018)
Io, Vincent Van Gogh (of which he is also the author) (2019)
He has also acted in leading roles in the following shows:
Henry IV by William Shakespeare, directed by Marco Bernardi, produced by Teatro Stabile di Bolzano - Teatro di Sardegna (2007-2008)
True West by Sam Shepard, directed by Sergio Maifredi (Won an Award from the Italian National Theatre Critics Association) (2008)
The Woman Before by Ronald Schimmelpfennig, directed by Sergio Maifredi (2009)
Il ritorno, by Carlotta Clerici, directed by Marco Bernardi, produced by the Teatro Stabile di Bolzano (2011-2012)
Euripides' The Trojan Women, directed by Marco Bernardi, produced by the Teatro Stabile di Bolzano (2012)
Tonight We Improvise by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Marco Bernardi, produced by the Teatro Stabile di Bolzano (2017)
With respect to the shows produced by the Teatri Possibili Company, now Corrado d'Elia Company, he is the director of the following shows:
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (2003)
The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen (2006)
Hard Candy by Brian Nelson (2010)
Mercurio, based on Amélie Nothomb's Mercure (of which he is also the author) (2012)
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov (2015)
The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter (2016)
For the Teatro Stabile di Bolzano he has directed the following shows:
Lezioni di volo by Pierpaolo Palladino (January 2000)
Passioni d'autore by Pierpaolo Palladino (February 2001).
He made his debut as an opera director at the Wexford Opera Festival 2000 with Riccardo Zandonai's La Conchita, conductor Marcello Rota.
In June 2002 he won the Hystrio Prize - Province of Milan.
In September 2007 he was awarded the Franco Enriquez Award for Theater (Award for the Best Italian Theatre Season for Milan's Teatro Libero).
In 2009 he won the prestigious Luigi Pirandello International Award. The jury, chaired by Giovanni Puglisi and composed of great personalities from the world of theatre including Giorgio Albertazzi, Paolo Mauri and Maurizio Scaparro, awarded him, considering him one of the most complete personalities in the contemporary young Italian theatre scene.
The Pirandello Award, created in 1966 to celebrate the Sicilian playwright on the occasion of the centenary of his birth, was won over the years by high profile personalities from the world of entertainment, including Ingmar Bergman, Giorgio Strehler, Eduardo de Filippo, Luca Ronconi, Harold Pinter, Tadeusz Kantor, Bernhard Minetti, Eugenio Barba,
Vittorio Gassman and others.
In 2010, d'Elia received the Italian Critics Award as one of the most complete personalities in the contemporary Italian theatre scene.
In March 2014 he received the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic on the occasion of the International Festival of Theatre Direction, which he designed and organized.
In December 2019 he was invited by the Italian Senate to receive the 2019 Franco Cuomo International Award for Theatre for the extraordinary poetical ideas expressed in his shows and for his special talents on stage.
Pedagogy and teaching in the performing arts
Since 1996 he has been involved in high theatrical pedagogy and in teaching to actors and directors.
He is President, Artistic Director and Teacher at Teatri Possibili.