Florence Faculty

Commedia dell'Arte

Jim Calder

Jim Calder is the head of Movement at Tisch in the Graduate Acting department. Winner of the David Payne Carter Excellence in Teaching Award - Tisch School of the Arts and Artistic Director of La Pietra Summer Theatre Festival – Florence, Italy, Jim has directed works in New York City at Lincoln Center Institute, Pearl Theatre, and Classic Stage Company, with workshop presentations at The Public, New York Theater Workshop and HERE. Jim has been a movement consultant on Pericles at Berkeley Rep, (Director: Mark Wing-Davey), Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl (Director: Mark Wing-Davey) and Therese Raquin, starring Keira Knightley, (Director: Evan Cabnet) on Broadway. Jim has performed at The Old Globe, P.S. 122, and throughout Europe with Teatro De La Grappe. He was the lead actor and creative consultant in PBS’s Noddy and Friends TV. Jim trained at Ecole Jacques and performed under the direction of Jacques LeCoq in numerous TV specials in France.

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Writing in Florence

John Warren, Preparing the Screenplay

John Warren began his writing studies at Ohio University and continued at the New School in New York. In 1986 Warren accepted a fellowship at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. That same year Warren sold his first script, The Body Politic, to Orion Films.

Warren has had a variety of films in development over the years, including The Family Tree at Universal, Super Model at Disney, Passionate Kiss at Dreamworks, Sneaky People at DeLaurentis Productions, Tark the Shark and Man Bites Dog at Showtime. Naked in New York, which Warren wrote, was produced by Martin Scorsese. Warren wrote and produced Flashfire, for Tri-Mark Films and Girl in the Cadillac, for Columbia. As a writer/director, Warren made The Curse of Inferno, for MPCA and Major League: Back to the Minors, released by Warner Bros. On the TV side, Warren’s writing credits include Johnny Bago (CBS), The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (Fox Network) and Fortune Hunter (Columbia Tri-Star TV).

Warren is a teacher and academic director in the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. He is married to Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, with whom he has two daughters, Madeline and Eva.

Vito Zagarrio, Introduction to Italian Cinema
Vito Zagarrio received his PhD in Cinema Studies from NYU in 1995. He is a Professor at the University of Rome 3 DAMS. He teaches the Italian Cinema course at NYU in Florence.

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