The Centro per la Sperimentazione e la Ricerca Teatrale was born in 1974 in Pontedera, and has been recognized as a new model for cultural and artistic institutions. It was created as a place for theatre creation and education, aiding the artistic development of groups, and creating a common working place for scholars, artists and theatre professionals.
Since 1999 the Centro has become Fondazione Pontedera Teatro. It is acknowledged by the Ministry of Culture and the Region of Tuscany. The Fondazione is active in the field of theatre productions, educational projects, and theatre festivals on the regional, national and international level.
Fondazione Pontedera Teatro works in a systematic and organic way with artists and groups from Tuscany, and with national and international theatres; with scholars, theatre historians and University theatre and anthropology programs. It also carries out activities with local institutions, collaborating with high schools and with the University of the Elderly.
Since 1986 Fondazione Pontedera Teatro has being hosting the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski, which in 1996 Grotowski re-named the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards.
The history of Fondazione Pontedera Teatro is associated with two of the most important theatre festivals in Italy, Santarcangelo and Volterrateatro. Since 1997 the Fondazione has been producing its own annual international festival called "Generations, International Meeting of the Theatres".
The Director of the Fondazione is Roberto Bacci. Luca Dini and Carla Pollastrelli are the co-directors.
Fondazione Pontedera Teatro is supported by Ministry of Culture, Region of Tuscany, Province of Pisa and Municipality of Pontedera.
He finished his studies in 1972 at the University of Pisa, with a dissertation called "Teatro e Alchimia". The presentation of "Min Fars Hus", directed by Eugenio Barba with the Odin Theatre, is a subject on which his theses is based.
In 1973 he followed an invitation of the Piccolo Teatro di Pontedera and went to Pontedera, where he founded in 1974 the Centro per la Sperimentazione e la Ricerca Teatrale (Center for Theatrical Experiment and Research).
Since its foundation he has been Artistic Director of the Center with which he has organized numerous projects in Italy and abroad, coming into contact with artists such as Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba, Peter Brook, Anatoli Vasiliev, Raul Ruiz, Julian Beck and Judith Malina, Sanjukta Panigrahi and others.
Between 1978 and 1987 he was Artistic Director for seven editions of the "Festival Internazionale di Teatro di Santarcangelo di Romagna". From 1990 to 1999 he is Artistic Director of the International Festival "Volterra Teatro" and of the Festival "Passaggio a Pontedera", which, from the edition 2000 on, has been called "Generazioni". Since 2002 he has been Artistic Director of the theatre part of the Festival "Fabbrica Europa" in Florence.
From 1976 to 2003 he has directed 22 performances presented in Italy, in Europe, in Latin America and in the Middle East, first with the Piccolo Teatro di Pontedera, and then with the Compagnia Laboratorio di Pontedera. Some of these performances have received prices and recognition from critics.