Livia De Paolis
Livia De Paolis was born and raised in Rome. Founded by her grandfather, her family ran De Paolis I.N.C.I.R., the only Studios structure privately owned in the country at the time. In operation from 1941-1991, De Paolis I.N.C.I.R. housed the productions of over 2000 films including the works of Federico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Roberto Rossellini. She graduated magna cum laude from University 'Sapienza' of Rome, earning a master's degree in philosophy. She then moved to New York City and focused her career for several years on contemporary theatre. Prior to embarking on a filmmaking career De Paolis has collaborated with some of the most innovative figures in the New York theater community. She assisted Richard Foreman on the production of the show ZOMBOID! and has performed numerous times at Foreman's Ontological Hysteric Theater. She played the role of Yvette in the world premiere of Charles Mee's Fire Island with 3-Legged Dog at the 3LD Art and Technology Center. With the same company she also performed as Linda in Losing Something. De Paolis originated the title role in John Patrick Shanley's one act play Veronica. The play featured music and two original songs by Henry Krieger. It was presented at the Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College during New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Season. Veronica was also presented at the Hudson Theater Guild in Hollywood, Los Angeles where De Paolis played the title role opposite Sam Harris, lead singer of X Ambassadors. Her first feature film, Emoticon ;), premiered at the Chinese Theater in LA during Dances With Films in 2013 and was the opening night movie at the 2013 Gen Art Film Festival in New York, where it won the Best Cast Collaboration Award. Emoticon ;) was theatrically released by Indiecan Pictures. De Paolis's work, both in theatre and in film, has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out magazine, Bust magazine and numerous other publications. For her accomplishment in the theatre De Paolis was granted a green card as an artist of extraordinary ability. She now holds both Italian and American citizenship and currently (October 2021) resides in London.
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