La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

66 East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

Office: M–F 11a–6p
Box Office: M–Su 12–6p

La MaMa Umbria International


15th Annual Symposium for Directors/Theatre-makers

8th Annual International Playwright Retreat


Symposium Teaching Artists: Chen Alon (Israel) | Belarus Free Theatre (Belarus) | Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolo/MOTUS (Italy) | Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichorn (Bolivia/Germany) | Jessica Litwak (U.S.A.) | Dijana Milosevic / DAH Theater (Serbia)  | Roberto G. Varea (Argentina)

Playwright Retreat Teaching Artist: Catherine Filloux (France/USA) 

La Mama Umbria International is a non-profit cultural center and artist residence founded in 1990 by legendary theatre pioneer, Ellen Stewart. Dedicated to artistic experimentation, research, and learning, La MaMa Umbria is a place where artists from around the world meet to create, and to share work and ideas. Housed in a 700 year old monastery just outside Spoleto, Italy, the center is less than two hours from Rome. Every summer La MaMa Umbria hosts artist residencies, and organizes workshops led by internationally renowned art professionals whose work is impacting the contemporary landscape of performative arts. Immersed in the creative, natural and regenerative environment of Umbria, culturally diverse artists live together while working on productions or participating in workshops to develop their artistic skills. In the past 24 years, La MaMa Umbria’s activities have included the presentation of over thirty theatre productions as well as workshops, art exhibitions, and conferences. La MaMa Spoleto Open, the official fringe of Spoleto’s Festival de Due Mondi is produced by La MaMa Umbria International in association with Cittá di Spoleto and Regione Spoleto and features the work of emerging and established international and local artists.

Umbria & The Spoleto Festival Online
  • La MaMa Umbria & Spoleto Open official site (Italian), CLICK HERE
  • La MaMa Umbria on Facebook, CLICK HERE
  • The Spoleto Open Festival on Facebook, CLICK HERE
  • The Spoleto Open Festival on Twitter, CLICK HERE

To open the La MaMa Umbria Brochure click the cover image below.

Umbria_pamphlet 2014 - website

APPLICATION FORMS (‘save as’ to download)

Director Symposium form

Playwright Retreat form 

Contact Information

Loc. Santa Maria Reggiana n 7/8
06049 Spoleto (PG), ITALY
Tel: (39) 0743 521590
Fax: (39) 0743 222601

United States
c/o La MaMa ETC
74a East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003, USA
Tel: 212-254-6468
Fax: 212-254-7597


  • A scene from Directors Symposium

    International Playwright Retreat

    Playwrights will enjoy ten days living and writing in the Umbrian countryside at La MaMa Umbria International, Ellen Stewart’s artist residence in Italy.

  • La MaMa Umbria Photo copy

    International Symposium for Directors

    The International Symposium for Directors, sponsored by La MaMa Umbria is a training program for professional directors, choreographers and actors. Internationally renowned theatre artists conduct workshops and lecture/demonstrations.

  • Umbria

    La MaMa Umbria Gallery

    Enjoy these gorgeous photos of Italy from our Summer 2007 trip.

  • Stephan Koplowitz - The Grand Step at New York Public Library, photo by Julie Lemberger

    Summer Residency

    Participants will enjoy ten-fourteen days living and working on unique creative projects with internationally acclaimed artists at La MaMa Umbria International, Ellen Stewart’s artist residence in Italy. Projects created during the Residencies may lead to performances at the La MaMa Spoleto Open Festival.