I am a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, cross-appointed to the Dan School of Drama and Music, and associated with the Cultural Studies Graduate Program, at Queen’s University. I earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza”, and my PhD at the University of Toronto. I also hold an appointment at the University of Rome II, and teach at the University of Calabria in The Italian Diaspora Studies Program. I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Middlebury College, VT (2000-2013), and I was the recipient of the Queen’s University Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004. I am on the Editorial Boards of several academic journals dedicated to the fields of literature, theatre and film, and I have been invited to lecture at numerous universities throughout Europe.
My research focuses primarily on the areas of 20th-century European theatre and literature, literary studies, semiotics and diaspora studies. I translated and staged works of contemporary Italian playwrights: Paolo Puppa, Words in the Dark, (Poor Alex Theatre, Toronto); Michele Perriera, Injury Time, (Theatre 5, Kingston); Dario Fo: (The Arts and Letters Club Theatre, Toronto), and I supplied the literal translation of Eduardo De Filippo’s Napoli milionaria! from the Neapolitan to English for the Stratford Festival in 2018.