Piccolo Teatro di Milano - Teatro d'Europa

The first public repertory theatre in Italy, the Piccolo Teatro was founded with the aim of creating a theatre that provides a public service, for the benefit of the city and its entire community. The Piccolo's original goal of being "an Art Theatre for all" has now taken the form of an extensive cultural programme that includes theatre, dance and music, with productions characterised by interdisciplinarity and internationality, staged in the three auditoriums located in the heart of Milan (Teatro Grassi, Teatro Strehler, Teatro Studio).

Support playwriting and young artists, the promotion of theatre culture understood as a tool for sustainability, openness to new audiences and an in-depth exploration of the relationship between live performance, the city and the communities that populate it, form the foundations of Piccolo's activities.

Davide Carnevali, Marta Cuscunà and Sotterraneo are the Associate Artists of the Theatre who have been entrusted to create the performances for UNLOCK THE CITY! and who will be exploring the concept of “limit” within an urban park.

The Piccolo Teatro is the initiator of UNLOCK THE CITY!’s network and the lead partner of the project.

Piccolo Teatro

  • Teatro Strehler
    Largo Greppi 1 – M2 Lanza
  • Teatro Grassi
    via Rovello 2 – M1 Cordusio
  • Teatro Studio Melato
    via Rivoli 6 – M2 Lanza
  • Chiostro Nina Vinchi
    Via Rovello, 2 – M1 Cordusio 


Marta Cuscunà (Monfalcone, 1982) is a writer and visual theatre performer, and her work brings together activism and playwriting for puppets. In 2009 she won the Scenario per Ustica award with È bello vivere liberi!, the first chapter of Resistenze femminili, a trilogy that also includes La semplicità ingannata and Sorry boys. In Il canto della caduta she blends the ancient legend of Fanes with the principles of animatronics for manoeuvring puppets. Earthbound ovvero le storie delle Camille is a science-fiction monologue for actors and mechanical creatures, based on the latest eco-feminist essay by Donna Haraway, which the artist will be presenting for our 2022/23 season. Between 2009 and 2019 she worked with Fies Factory, an incubator-project for performance artists organised by Centrale Fies.

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Author, director and theorist, Davide Carnevali (Milan, 1981) holds a PhD in Theatre Theory from the UAB in Barcelona. He was Master of the École des Maîtres in 2020 and since 2021 has been the director of the “Writers under 40” workshop for the Venice Biennial. His plays, which have won international prizes (Berlin Theatertreffen Stückemarkt; Prix de les Journées de Lyon des auteurs; Premio Riccione per il Teatro; Premio Hystrio alla Drammaturgia, among others), have been translated into fifteen languages and have been featured in international seasons and festivals. Among his best-known works: Variazioni sul modello di KraepelinSweet Home EuropaRitratto di donna araba che guarda il mareMenelao, and Ritratto dell’artista da morto staged by the author at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan during the 2022/23 season, and in Germany, Belgium, France and Spain. Carnevali is published in Italy by Einaudi and Fandango, and in France by Actes Sud. In Germany, the rights to his works are managed by Rowohlt.

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Sotterraneo are a theatre collective set up in Florence (Italy) in 2005. Their pieces are easily recognizable for their avant-pop approach, combining collective imagination with unconventional thinking. Over the years, they have created several shows which were showcased in major national and international theatres – in Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Greece, UK, Portugal, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Chile, China, South Korea. The shows obtained a number of awards including Premio Lo Straniero, Premio Hystrio, BeFestival First Prize (Birmingham UK), Silver Laurel Wreath Award (Sarajevo MESS Festival), as well as three UBU awards, two of them for "Best Italian Theatre Show" with Overload and The Angel of History - both coproduced, among the others, by Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon directed by Tiago Rodrigues. Sotterraneo were part of the European network Apap – Performing Europe 2020, are part of the Fies Factory /Centrale Fies, are resident at ATP Teatri di Pistoia Production Centre and are Associate Artist at Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa.

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