After accomplishing most of her primary and secondary studies abroad, Maddalena Fallucchi graduated from Rome University, summa cum laude, in American literature and obtained a master’s degree and PhD in management and planning of cultural events. In 1983 she became assistant director at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, and in 1987 founded Il carro dell’Orsa in Rome, a theater company for contemporary drama by both Italian and international authors.
Fallucchi has staged, translated and directed more than 30 plays, and has written/conducted radio programs for the Italian State Radio. She also staged Insieme per non Dimenticare (Together, Not To Forget) to commemorate a recent tragedy in Rome and to honor Italian firefighters. The event involved well-known theater and cinema personalities, including Rome’s mayor.
Fallucchi won an award for translating Wendy Kesselman’s My Sister in this House. As an author, she won the Inner Wheel’s Prize for Drama for Elenatango! (Helentango!) and Sex, Sax ‘n Love. She also was given the Premio Fondi La Pastora Award in the best author and director categories for Ricamo in Nero (Black Lace). In 2002 she staged The Jazz Age about the 1920s in the United States, and in 2003 she represented the Italian contemporary theater in Paris with The Knowledge of Love, a play she wrote and directed.
This year Falluchi is writing a 13-episode series on the Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio and will stage Fahrenheit 451 in June. She is also completing a book on Italian melodrama.