Andrea Brunello holds a bachelor degree in physics and mathematics earned at Cornell University (USA, 1992) and a Physics Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA, 1997).
Brunello was a physics postdoc at Utah State University in 1998/1999 and at the University of Trento (Italy) in 1999/2001.
Brunello is currently affiliated with the Physics Department of the University of Trento (Italy) where he has just finished teaching a course called Emozionare con la Scienza, on scientific storytelling and scientific playwriting.
In January 2016 Andrea was a IAS Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick (U.K.).
Andrea Brunello has published articles in some of the most prestigious physics journals, most notably Physical Review Letters and Physical Review A.
In 2001 Brunello decided to follow his artistic side pursuing a full time professional theatre career. As a matter of fact his love affair with theatre had started much earlier than 2001. Andrea begun his theatre education at a very young age with the Teatro Instabile di Pordenone (Italy) in 1986 and 1987. Then he attended acting and playwriting classes in several USA Universities: Cornell University – 1990/1992; State University of New York at Stony Brook – 1992/1994, where he studied with the playwright Professor Jonathan Levy; and Utah State University – 1994/1998.
In 2010 he graduated from the three year program “SAT - SCHOOL AFTER THEATRE advanced training program” led by the Russian director and pedagogue Jurij Alschitz. SAT is affiliated with the EATC/Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) of Moscow (Russia).
Brunello is founder and artistic director of Teatro Portland (Trento, Italy – www.teatroportland.it). He is also artistic director of Arditodesìo Company, a professional theatre company founded in 2002 (www.arditodesio.org). With Arditodesìo Brunello has written and produced more than 10 original plays that have toured all over Italy and abroad. The works deal mostly with social issues and make use of spoken word and storytelling techniques.
Recently Brunello has founded the Jet Propulsion Theatre (JPT), a permanent laboratory for the theatrical creation connected to science, the people of science and the scientific tale. JPT aims at bringing out the human side of science through theatre (www.jetpropulsiontheatre.org). JPT is a research lab which aims to narrate science by mixing it with theatre. JPT is a joint collaboration with the Physical Science Communication Laboratory of the physics Department of the University of Trento.
In December 2016 Brunello was awarded the bronze medal in the category “Cultivating Curiosity” at the Reimagine Education Conference organised by the University of Pennsylvania for the Augmented Lectures project. Reimagine Education has been called “one of the foremost congregations for innovative education pedagogies in the world”.
In 2017 Brunello was the creator and artistic director of Teatro della Meraviglia, a festival centred on the narration of science through theatre (www.teatrodellameraviglia.it) organised with the Physics Department of the University of Trento (Italy).
JPT productions are both in italian and english and have toured at a great number of venues, theatres, universities and schools. Here we mention some:
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, University of Warwick - U.K., University of Bordeaux - France, KU Leuven and Université Catholique de Louvain - Belgium, University of Trento - Italy, University of Milan “Statale” - Italy, University of Milan “Bicocca” - Italy, University of Bergamo - Italy, ECSITE Annual Conference - The Hague / Netherlands, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Genoa Science Festival, BergamoScienza, Turin’s Theatre and Science, International Centre for Theoretical Physics - Trieste, The Joint Research Center for the European Commission in Ispra/Varese - Italy, The Provincial Library System - Trentino Region - Italy… and many, many more theatres and festivals.