In his work, Andrea Brunello links theatre and science. He holds a PhD in Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA, 1997). In 2001, Brunello decided to follow his artistic side by pursuing a full-time professional theatre career. He is the founder and artistic director of Teatro Portland (Trento, Italy –www.teatroportland.it
). He is also the artistic director of Arditodesìo Company, a professional theatre company founded in 2002 (www.arditodesio.org
), for which he has written and produced more than 10 original plays that have toured all over Italy and abroad. The works deal mostly with social issues and make use of spoken word and storytelling techniques. In 2012, Brunello founded the Jet Propulsion Theatre (JPT, www.jetpropulsiontheatre.com
), a permanent laboratory for the theatrical creation connected to science, the people of science, and the scientific tale. As a research lab that aims to narrate science by mixing it with theatre, JPT – a joint collaboration with the Physical Science Communication Laboratory of the physics Department of the University of Trento – aims to bring out the human side of science through theatre. Brunello is currently affiliated with the department where he has recently taught a course called Emozionare con la Scienza on scientific storytelling and scientific playwriting. JPT productions are both in Italian and English and have toured around a great number of venues, theatres, universities, and schools.