Nerina received a BA in Theatre and German from Middlebury College and an MA in International Artistic Cooperation from l’Université de Paris VIII. Starting in 2003, she has trained in theatre between Swaziland, the United States, France and Italy with, most notably, Vanessa Mildenberg, Cheryl Faraone, John Britton, Andrea Olsen and Daria Lippi. Starting in 2005, Nerina directed “4.48 Psychosis” by Sarah Kane, “Manifesto for Another World” by Ariel Dorfman, “Novecento” by Alessandro Baricco, the participatory performance “POST•M”, “Ni una más” by Mia Parissi and the installations for the 2015 and 2016 MNF at the Royal Library of Belgium. Based in Brussels since 2013, she has developed several artistic projects in connection with the territory. Building exhanges between Europe and the USA, she was Karin Coonrod’s assistant director and stage manager for Orfeo in Orvieto (2014) and The Merchant in Venice (2015-2016), and has translated into French Jessica Litwak’s play Wider Than the Sky (reading at Salon du Varia in 2015), as well as into English in collaboration with Allison Grimaldi-Donahue, Lina Prosa’s Lampedusa Beach and Lampedusa Snow, published by The American Reader (2013) and Words Without Borders (2016). In 2016-2017, Nerina wrote the libretto for the opera-film the wARdrobe, with music by Davide Fensi and video by Portuguese videomaker Daniel Pinheiro (an inoutput production, release 2019-2020). Nerina also works as an assistant producer to dance company Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties.
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