Domenico (Mico) Pugliares was born in Sicily in 1967 but then moved to Milan where he has lived for the last 20 years. As strange as it might seem, he holds a master's degree in Political Science.  After dedicating many years to music (he’s been on stage since 1985), he began devoting himself to the theatre.  He began studying acting at the Cooperativa Theatre in Milan with many important names of the Italian theatrical scene.  Mico started his experience of theatrical improvisation studying at the Improvisation School of Milan "Teatribù", where he became a teacher after three years of training and then Artistic Director. He continued studying improvisation with international names like Randy Dixon, Charles Castillo, Omar Galvan, Kevin John Gillese, Amber Nash, Stephen Sim, Jill Bernard, Orla Mc Govern, Rama Nicholas and David Razosky. In the last 13 years he's been teaching theatrical improvisation techniques and acting around Italy and Europe.  He’s been teaching and he has been part of many theatrical improvisation show at festivals (and private schools) in Sweden, Ireland, Portugal, England, Spain, Finland, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Holland, France, Denmark and USA. As an actor, author and director he takes part in many productions of "official" theatre, working with various theatres in Italy.  Among them the Piccolo Teatro of Milan, one of the most important theatre in Europe.  His professional path and inspirations come from merging the tools of improvisation with those of text-based theatre.


All sessions by Domenico (Mico) Pugliares:

14:30 - 17:30 
Love the Silence
3 hours 

27 September - Thursday

10:30- 13:30

The Character

3 hours 

28 September - Friday

Workshops Description:


My heart is bigger than my mouth!


Often we find ourselves witnessing scenes of theatrical improvisation lacking scenic awareness, as though the fact itself That they're taking life on a theatrical internships had little importance.

Is that my work of making the experience of "traditional" text based theater available to the improvised scenes. This workshop focuses on the importance of the character's intention and awareness, and on the concept that the text comes as a consequence. Improvisers should discover the text and don’t look for the words because it does not matter so much what you say as how you say it.

It's a workshop based on non-verbal communication, pauses and silences and pantomime. Which are paramount and indispensable to convey truth and credibility to a scene or a character. We will work on intentions before encountering words, on expressive silences and pauses as a basic part of acting, and on proxemics in general. In particular, we will focus on:


• intention as the heart of the text's line


• the silents as an help to let grow up a scene


Level: intermediate


A way to create a character by exploring own’s body


We will explore the physical path which leads to the identification of a character, and focus on how we can recognize its nature through the analysis of our body. “What is my body telling me? What do you its posture and position in the space suggest?”
We will work on a corporeal approach and on what my body is communicating to me, through a process of listening and through the perception of non-verbal signals. We will also reflect and explore how others see our non-verbal language.

What will we be doing? We will touch our own and each others’ hair. We will caress each others’ faces…We will touch and smell one another. We will experience how our physical inhibitions on stage can be identified, studied, overcome and transformed into theatrical instrument and we will do it through direct experiences.
We will work on the body and physical contact trying to make our limit our strong point. Our senses and our animal instinct will be at work, through contact and perception.


Level: beginners and intermediate