Cristina Cazzola

    Artistic direction
    Cristina Cazzola is a cultural producer with ample experience in strategic networking, mentoring and fund raising for public institutions, private foundations and enterprises to foster internationalization and cooperation processes.  She has a specific expertise in theatre for young audiences and in audience development and engagement methodologies for teenagers and young people. 

    From 2006 she is founder and artistic director of Mantua’s Segni d’infanzia festival recently renamed SEGNI New Generations Festival, recognized as one of the most important events dedicated to theatre for young audiences in Italy and in Europe, 8 days, around 300 meetings with shows and workshops for over 30,000 spectators, from 18 months up to 18 years old, for schools and families, artists and delegates from all over the world.
    She has been Assitej Italia Vice for 6 years and  created the Chain reaction project to improve the internationalization of artists and the skills of producers in the sector of the Youth Theatre with a road map of journeys  and events  at  national and international festivals.

    In 2012 she founded and heads as project manager the teenager’s engagement methodology T.E.E.N., created in Mantua, scaled in Milan and then tested in Europe, financed twice by the Creative Europe program, shaped thanks to the cooperation with TeaterCentrum DK, Skenekunstbrukett, Hasselt, La Caixa Forum, University of Lisbon and Dialogues UK.

    From 2018 she runs, a social enterprise born with the aim of promoting and supporting the internationalization of the performing arts sector with a learning by doing strategy, connecting professionals, setting national reference structures to build a stable connection between Italian and international markets, promoting discussion and influencing cultural policies.

    As dramaturg and director, she has created over 15 shows in 20 years. 

    Lucia Rastelli

    Degree in Conservation and History of Arts, she deals with the relations with the public of Segni d’infanzia, namely she is in charge of the relationships with schools and of the coordination of ticket office.

    Elisabetta Girolami

    Degree in Clinic and Community Psychology, she is the reference person for external relations, namely she is in charge of the relationships with both public and private Sponsors and Partners.
    She also coordinates all the volunteers supporting the festival.

    Anastasia Ginevra Cavina

    Live performances organiser, during the last years she’s been working both in Italy and abroad, in many different cultural environments, theatre, festivals and non profit. She has obtained a diploma in Organisation of Live Performances at  the Paolo Grassi’s academy in Milan and a MA in Arts Festival and Cultural Management in Edimburgh.

    Saya Namikawa

    Artist and organiser of Teatro all'improvviso, she is Segni d'infanzia's advisor for the replationships with the Asian market.


    During the year other professionals join the staff to work on the different projects in which the association is involved.