ALESSANDRO MAGANIA is an actor, dancer, writer and filmmaker based in New York City. Originally from Bologna, Italy, and raised partially in London, he trained both as an actor and dancer. In addition to performing in other people’s work he has been creating his own stage and film material, experimenting with storytelling forms and ways in which to employ his lifelong passion for motion, transition and incongruities.
As an actor he has performed in stage works by, among others, The Wooster Group, The Operating Theater, Eliza Bent, Sibyl Kempson, Peter Petralia, ANIMALS, Andrew Ondrejcak, The Citizens Band and Tereke Ortiz. Other NYC stage credits include Harold Pinter’s Celebration at The Brooklyn Lyceum, Bad Seed at The Ice Factory, and the New York premiere of Robert Schneider’s one man play Dirt. Internationally he has performed at festivals and venues such as The Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Hellenic Festival (Athens), Edinburgh International Festival, Dublin Theater Festival, SESC Pompeia São Paulo, and Festival Internacional de Teatro Santiago at Mil (Chile), amongst others.
Together with actress Kourtney Rutherford, he has created and choreographed the short piece HARDCORE (premiere Little Theater, Dixon Place 2014). He is presently at work on an evening length original theater and dance piece called RADIO DELIRIO, to premiere in 2016.
Alessandro has appeared in a handful of feature films, amongst which Utopians (Zbigniew Bzymek, 2011 Berlinale, CHPIX ‘11), Love, Ludlow (Washington Films, 2005 Sundance Film Festival), Past Present Future (Andrew Gitomer, 20013), as well as in video works by multimedia artists Viva Ruiz (MoMA PS1), Alison Folland, and Guy Richard Smit. In 2008 he developed and recorded voices for architect/artists Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s installation Chain City (Venice Biennale). He co-wrote with director Asia Argento the screenplay for the movie adaptation of the novel The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (2004 Cannes Film Festival, released worldwide by Palm Pictures). In 2012 he partnered with musician Max Tannone to make the documentary There Were Always Dogs Never Kids, about one of New York City’s last standing video stores (Special Mention Prize at Milano MIX Festival, Italy). He has written articles and conducted interviews on a variety of topics and artists for Visionaire.com, Paper, Index, The Last Magazine and V Magazine, of which he was an Editor at Large from 1999 to 2003.