Rosanna Saracino is an Italian-Canadian director, dramaturge, educator, acting coach and costume designer, who has worked in the professional theatre industry for more than twenty years, with forays into directing and acting coaching in film, TV, video and documentaries. She received her MFA from York University in Directing, was the Director in Residence at the Canadian Stage Theatre and at Shadowpath Theatre as part of the Femme5 Operative, is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of art & lies productions. She held the post of the Head of the Acting Division of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts for twenty years, and has been an instructor with the college for as long. Currently, she is teaching at George Brown, in the Theatre Department, as well as at TFS. Her freelance work has extended to companies such as the Classical Music Conservatory, the Canadian Opera Company, the PowerPlant. She is specialized in working with large casts, and stylized and physical theatre, and has worked extensively in classical and modern adaptations, new play work, and devised theatre. Directing credits include: Nasty by the Maelstrom Art Collective (winner of the 2017 Patron’s Pick/TOFringe and Storefront Theatre’s Feminist FuckIt Festival), Suitcases (Artscape Sandbox/Canadian Stage, art&lies), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (Helen Gardiner), Killing Game by Eugene Ionesco (art & lies), No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre (Passe Muraille/art&lies), Lord of the Flies by William Golding (all female adaptation), Fear and Misery of the Third Reich by Bertolt Brecht (Young Centre for the Performing Arts/George Brown Theatre), and the world premiere live actor version of Provenance by Ronnie Burkett.

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