Founded in 1947 by Giorgio Strehler, Paolo Grassi and Nina Vinchi, the Piccolo Teatro was the first public Italian theatre. Right from the beginning, the motto of the Piccolo was to be “Art Theatre for everybody”, bringing and staging high-level performances to the largest audience possible.
The Piccolo Teatro runs three stages: the Teatro Grassi, which is the historical stage, and the Teatro Studio, a very singular performing space, and a theatre stage named after Giorgio Strehler, inaugurated just a few days after his death in 1997. In 1951, Strehler and Grassi founded an important theatre school as a part of the theatre. In the 80s, a second European school was created, which was directed by Luca Ronconi, and was renamed in his honour after his death in 2015. In its 60 years of activity, aiming for the utopia of freedom, getting over borders, the Piccolo Teatro has produced over 270 shows. Since 1998, Sergio Escobar has been directing the theatre with emphasis on international and interdisciplinary activities.