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Donato Santeramo earned his “laurea” in Lingue e letterature straniere moderne from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and received his Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto. He is also a faculty member of the Scuola di dottorato at l’Università di Roma II (Tor Vergata). He has published volumes and essays on theater, literature, cinema and semiotics. His most recent publications are Semiotics: The Science of Signs, (with M. Danesi, 2021), Il laboratorio teatrale pubblico di Edward Gordon Craig (2018). He coedited Les langues et les symboles du crime organisé, (with Manuela Berone & Antonio Nicaso, 2019), Perspectives on Contemporary Theatre in Canada (with Craig Walker, 2019) and Twentieth-Century Italian Filmmakers (with Manuela Gieri, 2020). 

He has translated and/or staged various works by Italian playwrights, including Eduardo De Filippo, Dario Fo and Franca Rame, Michele Perriera and Paolo Puppa.  Finally, he is the Artistic Director of the Matera Film Festival.