Francesca Garolla (Varese, 1981) studied Philosophy at the University of Milan and graduated in Directing at the Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi. In 2002 she has been the stage director and dramaturg for Sete, based on Yema by Federico Garcia Lorca, presented at Giffoni Teatro Festival and finalist at Premio Chiara Giovani. In 2004 she has started collaborating with Teatro i in Milan, becoming the company’s dramaturg, author and member of the artistic committee. She was dramaturg, assistant director and actress in Vor dem Ruhestand by Thomas Bernhard, Dare al Buio by Letizia Russo, Incendies by Wajdi Mouawad, Hilda by Marie Ndyaie and Combat de nègre et de chiens by Bernard-Marie Koltès. She was director and dramaturg of Elettra. Quel che rimane based on Électre by Yourcenar (2006) and of Non dirlo a nessuno, based on Der Gute Gott von Manhattan by Ingeborg Bachmann (2008). In 2010 she wrote N.N., selected, translated and presented at Le Théâtre Scène Nationale de Saint-Nazaire, at the Festival Ring / La Manufacture – CDN Nancy-Lorraine and at the Théâtre National Populaire de Villeurbanne La Colline for the project Face á Face – Parole d’Italia per scene di Francia. In 2013 she wrote Solo di me – se non fossi stata Ifigenia sarei Alcesti o Medea which has been translated and presented in Romany at Teatrul Odeano of Bucarest for Fabulamundi Playwriting Europe Crossing Generation (2015) and in French at Le Rencontres d’étè de La Chartreuse, during the Festival d’Avignon, for Face á Face project. In 2016 and in 2017 she has been the author in residence at La Chartreuse Centre national des écritures du spectacle to write her latest text that was translated and presented during the festival for the Rencontres d’été.
In addition to her active participation in Teatro i’s cultural project, she has developed a strong interest in dramaturgic research and is delving into the development of an autonomous experimental path in all the expressions of theatrical writing and mise-en-scène.