Luigi Squarzina

Luigi Squarzina (18 February 1922 – 8 October 2010) was an Italian theatre dramatist and director.

Luigi Squarzina
Born(1922-02-18)18 February 1922
Died8 October 2010(2010-10-08) (aged 88)

Born in Livorno, Squarzina studied in Rome, at the Liceo Classico Tasso, where he had Vittorio Gassman as classmate.[1] He got a degree cum laude in Law, then he graduated as a director at the Silvio d’Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts.[1] He debuted as a stage director in 1944 with an adaptation of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.[1] In 1949, Squarzina debuted as a playwright with The Universal Exhibition, which was never represented in Italy due to censorship.[1] After directing the Teatro Ateneo in Rome, in 1952 he co-founded with Vittorio Gassman the Teatro d'arte italiano ("Italian Theatre of Art").[1] Squarzina later directed the Teatro Stabile in Genoa between 1972 and 1976 and later the Teatro Stabile in Rome, from 1976 to 1983.[1]

Squarzina was also active as a scholar and as a director of the theater section of the Encyclopedia of Performing Arts by Silvio D'Amico.[1] He was also an occasional actor, and for his debut performance in Francesco Rosi's The Mattei Affair he won the Silver Ribbon for best new actor.[1][2]


  1. Rodolfo Di Giammarco (8 October 2010). "Addio a Luigi Squarzina una vita per il palcoscenico". La Repubblica. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.

Further reading

  • Fabio Nicolosi. Squarzina e Pirandello. Dalla matrice narrativa alla realizzazione scenic. Aracne, 2012. pp. 800. ISBN 8854853488.
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