Gualtiero Tumiati

Gualtiero Tumiati ( 8 May 1876 – 23 April 1971) was an Italian actor and stage director.

Gualtiero Tumiati
Born(1876-05-08)8 May 1876
Died23 April 1971(1971-04-23) (aged 94)

Life and career

Born in Ferrara, Tumiati studied at the College of the Oaks in Florence and there he attended the acting courses held by Luigi Rasi.[1] He later graduated in law and while working as an apprentice lawyer at his father's law firm he started performing in some local stage companies.[1] Tumiati's breakout role was Cyrano de Bergerac in a critically acclaimed representation of the Edmond Rostand's eponymous play held in 1910.[1] With his wife, the actress and painter Beryl Hight, in 1928 Tumiati founded the "Sala Azzurra" ("Blue Room"), one of the first Avant-garde theaters in Italy.[2][3] He taught acting at the Accademia d'Arte Drammatica in Rome and at the Accademia dei filodrammatici in Milan. Gone blind, his last role was in the blind Tiresias in a representation of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex held in 1969 in the La Scala theatre.[1][4]

Selected filmography


  1. Alfredo Testoni, Paola Daniela Giovanelli. La Società teatrale in Italia fra Otto e Novecento. Bulzoni, 1984.
  2. Danilo Ruocco. Tatiana Pavlova, diva intelligente. Bulzoni, 2000.
  3. Anna Maria Fioravanti Baraldi, Francesca Mellone. 4a Biennale Donna--1990: presenze femminili nella vita artistica a Ferrara tra Ottocento e Novecento. Liberty House, 1990.
  4. Leonardo Bragaglia. Ritratti d'attore. P.E. Persiani, 2007.
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