Festival 2013

On the occasion of the Year of Italian culture in the United States, Kairos Italy Theater, the preeminent Italian theater company in New York City, is organizing In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY the first Italian Theater Festival to take place in all five New York City boroughs and beyond.

Support is provided by the Consulate General of Italy in New York and Ferrero USA Inc. as part of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States, an initiative held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington with the support of the Corporate Ambassadors Eni and Intesa Sanpaolo.

A year long journey: 2013 the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.

A journey that will reveal today’s Italy, its brilliance and its excellence anchored in the present and driven by an unparalleled past, it will present an Italy of innovation moving forward, engaged in projects and looking ahead.

The concept of 2013 as a showcase of Italian culture and what it means to the American public is an ideal opportunity to promote Italy as a whole in both the cultural thematic and the economic features of the Italian Brand.

The initiative also envisions calling on coming generations with a series of events focused on new Italian talent that, alongside the legacy of our Masters, represent the Italy of the future and its excellences. (from the 2013 year of the Italian Culture website: italyintheus.org)

The year of the Italian Culture takes place all over the US during 2013. Other events in NY include events at the Metropolitan Museum, at the Lincoln Center Festival, at the Frick Collection among others.


In Scena! – Italian for On stage! – aims to create an annual celebration of Italian theater, ‘made in Italy’ as well as ‘made in the United States.’

The Festival is organized by KIT, the preeminent Italian theater company in New York City. It is ultimately seeking to become a 365-day-a-year platform for Italian theater companies and theater artists working in the Tri-State Area and for Italians based in Italy who are performing in such area. The Festival’s first edition will be presented in all five NYC boroughs. Performances will be offered both indoors and outdoors, in auditoriums, theaters, parks, libraries, among other locations.

The theme of this first edition will be the journey: the bridge between New York City and Italy, the ethnic melting pot, and the way inhabitants of a country see “the other.”

The 2013 edition starts on Monday June 10th, 2013. Pre-festival events will be hold on June 8th and 9th. Opening Night on June 11th. During 7/10 days, preeminent theater companies and artists coming from Italy + Italian companies and Italian artists based in New York City will present their works.

Each day will be dedicated to a different borough, with the exception of Manhattan, which will act as an ongoing link among the boroughs. Each evening, one reading and one full-production show will be presented, with a long intermission in between. One special event will end the Festival.