Institut für Theaterwissenschaft


M.A. Lea Ticozzi


Universität Bern
Institut für Theaterwissenschaft
Mittelstrasse 43
3012 Bern


  • The key points of her research interests are semiotics and phenomenology, which open up to anthropology as additional theoretical framework of reference for discussing the value of theater for individual and collective well-being, and for intellectual growth.

Lea Ticozzi is a PhD student as of October 2018.

In January 2016, she graduated from NYU Steinhardt, School of Culture, Education and Human Development in New York, USA, with a M.A. in Music and Performing Arts Profession in the field of Educational Theater. Her final research was entitled Use of Embodied Techniques with International High School Students, supervised by Dr. Nancy Smithner.

She also graduated in Modern and contemporary Italian literature at the University of Pavia, Italy, in July 2003, and obtained a Master of Advanced Studies in Management of Education Leadership Training (Gestione della Formazione per dirigenti di istituzioni formative) at the USI, Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, in 2012, with a research based on theatrical competences developed in an educational and social context, entitled: The theater group of the Lugano 1 High School, communication processes and perspectives developing between the institution and the territory. Descriptive report (Il gruppo di teatro del Liceo di Lugano 1, processi e prospettive comunicative fra istituto e territorio. Rapporto descrittivo), supervised by Dr. Cipolletta and Dr. Poglia.

Her work in the educational and artistic fields focuses on the value of human perception, reception, reading, and interpretation of literature and theatrical events. These competences become complex performance abilities on the part of the individual who achieves self-awareness both as a recipient of art, i.e., through the acquisition of a methodology that assigns meaning to artistic creativity, and as a creator, i.e., through representational techniques, ranging from writing to theatrical performance. She is an Italian literature teacher since more than 15 years at the liceo di Lugano 1, the public high school of Lugano, Canton Ticino, and since September 2009 she is also the theater coach and director of the high school theater group.

Between 2015 and 2016, through NYU and the New York City Department of Education, she conducted hands-on research with international high school students at LaGuardia Community College. In it, she valued the use of emotions and the human body as tools for both acquiring well-being and learning knowledge.

She continues her research in the field of art and human development, analyzing and enhancing the complexity in the reception of rich and complex works of art, such as those of the world-renowned Compagnia Finzi Pasca.

Ticozzi, Lea (2016). «Auto-Ethnography: Creating an Original Performance With High School English Language Learner». In Teaching Artist Journal 2016: Volume 14 - Issue 2. London, England: Taylor & Francis Group,

Ticozzi, Lea (2006-2010). «Possibili storie di pezzi di carta. Letteratura, Società, Umanità», in Verifiche. Cultura, educazione, società. In 2010: n. 6, 16-18; in 2007: n. 1, 6-7; in 2006: n. 6, 7-8. Chiasso: Topografia Progetto Stampa

Human Fragility

The research I am currently conducting is entitled «Human Fragility» in Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s Dramaturgy and explores the aesthetic work of Compagnia Finzi Pasca, an internationally renowned Swiss theater company that conceives and develops imaginary worlds on stage.

Applying the phenomenological and semiological perspectives in theater analysis, I aim to define how the Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s artistic and philosophical vision named «Teatro della carezza» finds aesthetic realization. The research focuses and analyses the complex dramaturgy developed in the shows Icaro (1991), Donka. A letter to Chekhov (2010), and Per te. (2016). The contribution of different artistic techniques defines the creative process in its complexity and the theatrical and circus ones are fundamental: a narrative is developed through acting, clowning, acrobatics, music, lighting, video projection and scenography.

Relevant topics, such as illness, death, the struggle for life and human fragility are elaborated through the philosophical approach called «Teatro della carezza», a theatrical theory created by Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s main founders: Daniele Finzi Pasca, director, author and clown, and Maria Bonzanigo, composer and choreographer; and is successively embraced by the co-founders: Antonio Vergamini, author and producer, Hugo Gargiulo, stage designer and writer, and Julie Hamelin Finzi, creative producer (deceased in 2016). Their productions facilitate a complex spectator engagement, affecting the physical, emotional and intellectual spheres of human reception. These aspects pertain to the aesthetics of the company and are the field of investigation of my work.


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