Participant profile: Caterina d’Amico

We sweep back to Italy to meet writer, theatre and exhibition director, and CEO of Rai Cinema, Caterina d’Amico.

Caterina d'Amico

Caterina d'Amico

Born in Rome, Caterina is the daughter of Fedele d’Amico (music critic and historian) and Suso Cecchi d’Amico (screenwriter).

She began her career working as a theatre company director from 1972-1976, and during that time produced sixteen plays in Rome. Up until 1980 she also worked for seven years with the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto (Italy) and Charleston (USA), where she alternated between the technical and the artistic departments. During this period she also found time to work as an asssistant director for twelve productions of plays and operas.

Caterina has written and directed several TV programs, which include portraits of performing artists (such as Luchino Visconti – in eight instalments – and Vittorio Gassman – in six instalments). She has written articles and essays published in Italy and abroad, and several books including the survey in two volumes, Visconti – Il Mio Teatro, which is still considered the most important study ever published on Visconti as a theatre director.

Since 1976 she has conceived, designed and curated thirty-four exhibitions on themes related to the performing arts, which have been held in Italy, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Greece, Portugal, USA, Canada, Argentina, Japan. She was also in charge of the exhibition catalogues, many of which are considered monographies in their own right. Several of her major exhibitions were devoted to design and fashion. She has also organised and directed film retrospectives in Italy and abroad.

From September 1988 to August 1994 Caterina was General Delegate of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (the Italian state Academy of Cinema and the Italian National Film Archives). From October 1993 to May 2000 she was the co-ordinator of GEECT (Groupement Européen des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision), an Association that represents sixty distinguished European schools. From 1999 to 2007 she was Head of Studies of the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema (National Film School). In May 2000 she was elected President of CILECT (Centre International des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision), the International Association of Film schools. Caterina was also the founding member and President of the “Théatre des Italiens” Foundation, which was active in Rome and Paris from 1998 – 2003. 

From 2005 to 2006 she was a member of Commissione per la cinematografia’s committee: Sottocommissione per il riconoscimento dell’interesse culturale – Sezione per il riconoscimento dell’interesse culturale dei lungometraggi.

In July 2007 Caterina was appointed CEO of Rai Cinema.

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