Marco Calvani

Writer / Director

Melissa Leo and Leïla Behkti in

The View From Up Here

written and directed for the screen by Marco Calvani



I admire Marco’s ability to craft smart, visceral characters: he is a tireless technician but always works with a sense of supreme confidence due to an innate trust of his instinctual talent.



With his work, Marco reaches across culture and society into humanity, and changes the way we look at ourselves.



Marco creates theater that shows us ourselves the only way an artist can: with a fierce dedication to the truth and with courageous originality. 



Un dramaturgo dotado de talento, rigor y espíritu de riesgo, capaz de generar e impulsar proyectos teatrales propios de amplia resonancia social.



Marco’s work has provided a unique contribution to the modern interpretation of what theatre means today.



A courageous and

powerful playwright.

He explores with vivid starkness some of the most violent

and painful conflicts

of our contemporary society.





La Vanguardia (2010)
The Jakarta Post (2009)
El pais (2007)
The New York times (2012)
Time Out New York (2012)
Il Secolo XIX (2006)
L'Uomo Vogue Italy (2015)
El Punt (2007)
D di Repubblica (2006)
Garuda magazine Indonesia (2009)
El pais (2012)
Corriere della Sera (2010)
Time Out Barcelona (2007)
New York Post (2012)
La Repubblica (2012)
Il Tirreno (2013)
La Nazione (2015)
La Marseillaise (2010)
La Repubblica (2006)
Panorama (2006)
Il Corriere (2012)
La Repubblica (2012)
La Voce di New York (2016)
Il Corriere (2005)
La Repubblica (2013)
Il Tempo (2003)
The New York times (2017)


photo by Michael McFadden

Marco is an Italian born award-winning playwright and director, proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Playwrights/Directors Unit at The Actors Studio.


Trained as an actor, since he was a teenager, Marco made his debut as a playwright in 2002 with Quasi, commissioned by the European Social Forum. Strong Hands was his first play to be performed to great acclaim throughout Europe. Commissions from Todi Art Festival, Phoenix Theatre of London, Teatro di Roma, Théâtre de la Ville of Paris, La MaMa Theatre of New York and Grec Fundaciò of Barcelone followed.


In 2012 Marco created with his fellow Neil LaBute the international project AdA – Author directing Author (Spoleto Festival, Fringe Festival Madrid, La MaMa Theatre, Biennale Venice, Grec Festival Barcelone).


In 2013 the Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana organized a retrospective of his work for which he wrote and directed I am Dracula


Marco has collaborated in the position of Literary Advisor to the National Theatre of Scotland and is the founder and artistic director of Mixò ( an international cultural center based in Rome, Italy, that brings together young actors and writers and promotes original works for stage.


He is the winner of the 2011 S.I.A.E. Prize for Best Playwright, of the 2013 Outstanding Playwright for his play Oil (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards) and of the 2015 Calcante Prize for The Second Time. He’s also the recipient of the 2011 Cité Internationale des Arts Grant (Paris) and of the 2015 Writer Fellowship at the Edward F. Albee Foundation. He’s a permanent artist-in-residence at La MaMa Theatre. He teaches writing and acting in USA and in Europe. He translates from English and French into Italian and he’s an official translator of Theresa Rebeck, Bernard-Marie Koltès and Bryony Lavery. His work is translated and produced in nine different languages across the world.

His short film The View from Up Here (US/France 2017) - based on his eponymous play commissioned by The Actors Studio and directed by Estelle Parsons - stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and César winner Leïla Bekhti. He is currently working in Paris on his first feature film. 


Marco lives in Brooklyn, NY.



BEAUTIFUL DAY WITHOUT DAY world premiere Off-Broadway

October 09, 2018

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NAILS opens in Rio de Janeiro

May 02, 2018

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Master Class on Ibsen's A DOLL'S HOUSE at Teatre Akademia of Barcelone

November 07, 2017

Marco Calvani will give a master class for professionals on "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen in the atelier of Teatre Akademia in Poble Nou, Barcelona.

The workshop will focus on the analysis of some key scenes of the play in order to investigate the condition of the woman nowadays trying to clarify and represent the relationship-conflict woman-man.

20 -24 November 2017

THE VIEW FROM UP HERE at Savannah Film Festival 2017

October 30, 2017

THE VIEW FROM UP HERE will have its world premiere at the 20th Savannah Film Festival (Official competition).  

First screening: November 1, 4PM 

Second screening: November 3, 9AM


August 02, 2017

August 10, 2017 at 6:30pm 

as part of the 42nd Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Plays Festival 

Featuring: Susan Murphy and Kamala Israfilova

Directed by Marco Calvani

Stage Manager/Assistant Director: Allison Eikerenkoetter


Tickets and info:

Race, sex, stories, bodies, visions: the value of diversity in acting.

June 14, 2017

Marco is back at Sala Beckett to give an acting workshop Within the GREC 2017 Festival of Barcelona. 

From 06/07/2017 to 10/07/2017


THE VIEW FROM UP HERE at the 42nd Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

May 28, 2017

Marco will be among the Top 30 playwrights competing in the 42nd Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, running in August 2017 in NYC. 

Dates TBC. 

THE VIEW FROM UP HERE becomes a film!

February 21, 2017

Marco wrote and directed the short film THE VIEW FROM UP HERE starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and Cesar winner Leïla Bekhti

Falling Up Films (us) and Move Movie (france) producing. 

Executive Producers: Bruce Weber and Kevin Berman.

AdA in New York

January 03, 2017

Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani reunite once again for the unique, international collaboration that is ADA: Author directing Author. This year’s theme is POWER and the Spanish playwright/director Marta Buchaca joins the two co-founders for the third edition of the project. Each author directs the other playwright’s work. These three US premieres create one provocative and passionate evening of theatre. 

AdA at Grec Festival of Barcelone

May 12, 2016

ADA POWER in previews at Sala Beckett of Barcelona as part of the Grec Festival 2017. Marta Buchaca will direct world premiere of Marco's new play AFTER THE DARK. 

THE ROSE TATTOO at Williamstown Theatre Festival

June 16, 2016

Marco is artistic advisor and consultant to director Trip Cullman for the revival of THE ROSE TATTOO by Tennessee Williams starring Marisa Tomei and Chris Abbott. 

World premiere of MASPETH at Planet Connections Festival NYC

June 06, 2016

 Thursday, June 30  8pm

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity helps close out Gay Pride Month with a reading of Marco Calvani's drama MASPETH. The reading is directed by Shira-Lee Shalit, with a cast that includes Christina Toth, Evgeniya Radilova and Alexander Hodge. Joe Dolce, former editor in chief of Details and Star magazines and journalist for many of the world's leading publications, including The New York Times, is hosting a Talk Back session after the production.

@ the Paradise Factory, 64 East 4th Street, NYC. 

American premiere of STRONG HANDS

April 21, 2016

 Monday  16 May  2016  7:00 PM

Staged reading of STRONG HANDS directed by Erwin Maas.

Translation by Bing Taylor. 

Presented by Origin Theatre Company in partnership with Glucksman Ireland House NYU.

Followed by a Q&A with the playwright after the reading.

Free admission. RSVP to

@ Glucksman Ireland House at NYU  

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Penelope in Groznyj
interview Napoli Teatro festival 2010
Fringe Festival madrid 2012
LaBute & Calvani press conference
Biennale Venice 2014
interview LaBute/Fillion/Calvani
teaser of the Italian production
Marco Calvani, guest of the tv show 'Chi e' di scena' (Italy, 2013)
Strong Hands
trailer of the Catalan production (2007)
Marco Calvani guest of the conference on contemporary dramaturgy 'La Mia Poetica', Teatro india, Rome 2011
La MaMa Theatre NYC
AdA project -3rd edition
Penelope in Groznyj
Original Score composed by Diego Buongiorno
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La MaMa Theatre NYC
AdA project - 2nd edition
Fringe Festival Madrid 2012
interview Calvani
Penelope in Groznyj
trailer of the German production
trailer of the Italian production
I am Dracula
Teaser of the Italian Production (2013)
Strong Hands
trailer of the Italian Production (2006)
My Heart is a Forest
RomaEuropa Festival 2013
interview Calvani
AdA Power 2017 promo
La MaMa Theatre NYC
I am Dracula
Original Score composed by Diego Buongiorno
feat. Dorian Wood
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Spoleto Festival 2012
AdA project - 1st edition 
Fringe Festival Madrid 2012
interview Nestor Saied (NAILS)
Penelope in Groznyj
TG News Lombardia, Rai3 (Italy, 2011)
teaser of the Italian production
Stockholm by Bryony Lavery
translated and directed by Calvani
Trailer (2013)
Penelope in Groznyj (full show)
Teatro Vascello Rome (2012)
Grec Festival Barcelona 2016
AdA Project - 3rd Edition
Marco Calvani & monica Scattini 
guests of the tv show 'Cominciamo bene'
Rai3 Italy
Original Score composed by Diego Buongiorno
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For any professional inquiries, please contact: 

Jamie Kaye-Phillips, UTA (USA and UK)

Gregory Weill, Adequat (France)

Anna Ashton Parnanzini, Arcadia (Italy and rest of the world)

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