What do our students do after Scuola Holden? This is a question we are often asked. The answer is not easy, because there is not just one, there are many.
In almost twenty-five years, our students have taken and continue to take the most diverse paths.
They publish novels, essays, comics, children’s books and poems, set up literary agencies and publishing houses, manage online and printed magazines, and write travel blogs. They become teachers, translators, editors and journalists. They write theatrical works, radio plays and programs, work in the editorial offices of TV programmes, invent web series (as well as shooting them), work in marketing agencies. They promote cultural events, collaborate with foundations, festivals, museums or cultural associations. The most enterprising start their own associations, or festivals.
They write screenplays for cinema or television, shoot films, work for film production companies, and may even be found on-set, in the most diverse roles. They become web content creators and publishers, or manage social channels on behalf of companies or public figures, looking after their image and marketing needs. They write speeches for politicians. Sometimes they are ghostwriters for important people. They are assigned to manage special projects (publish a book, shoot a video, set up an exhibition, devise a format) by a wide variety of companies. They create advertising campaigns, write the commercials we see on TV, choose the photographs we look at while reading the morning newspaper. They create and write podcasts dedicated to current affairs, write news reports, become photographers, shoot documentaries that help us understand what is happening in the world.
Others choose to do jobs that have nothing to do with storytelling … at least not directly. But having said that, there are very few things in this world that have nothing to do with storytelling. In other words: we believe that there is nothing that cannot be improved significantly by someone who has the ability tell its story in the right way.
The following is a brief list of some recent Holden School graduates: the complete list would be very much longer. The intention is simply to give an idea of the incredible variety of what the boys and girls who have passed through our classrooms go on to become.
Marco Amerighi works as a translator for Einaudi and Feltrinelli. In 2008 he won the Chatwin Prize (fiction section) for the story L’eredità. His first novel, Le nostre ore contate, was published by Mondadori in 2018
Maurizia Balmelli is the Italian “voice” of many great French and English authors; among others, she has translated books by Cormac McCarthy, Martin Amis, Aleksandar Hemon, Agota Kristof, Emmanuel Carrère, Romain Gary, Georges Perec and Sally Rooney. She users her social networks to tell the stories of migrants living in Paris; click here to read one of her articles, as published in The Catcher
Emmanuele Bianco is a writer. He has published Tiratori scelti and E quel poco d’amore che c’è. His latest book is La pura carne
Paolo Bonato and Giuseppe Fabris acted in Cuore / Tenebra, Gabriele Vacis’ last play. The theatrical adaptation of the famous novels by Edmondo De Amicis and Joseph Conrad was written by Vacis and Angelo De Matteis, who attended Scuola Holden as well.
Pier Franco Brandimarte is a writer. His first book was L’Amalassunta, which was awarded the Premio Calvino in 2014
Valerio Callieri won the Premio Calvino 2015 with the novel Teorema dell’incompletezza, published by Feltrinelli, which was also among the finalists for the Premio Manzoni in 2017
Mario Capello works in the publishing field and has published I fuochi dell’86 and L’appartamento
Ilaria Castiglioni is the head of Film and TV Development at Indiana Production
Cristiano Cavina debuted in 2003 with Alla grande. Since then he has won the Premio Tondelli, been nominated for the Premio Strega, and written many other books (including stories for children and young adults). His latest novel is Pepi Mirino e l’invasione dei PNG ostili
Nicoletta Chinni is a story editor for the Cattleya production company; together with Martino Ferrario, she founded CasaSirio Editore
Marco Cubeddu is a writer: he has published Pornokiller and Con una bomba a mano sul cuore for Mondadori. In 2016 he participated in the fifth edition of Beijing Express on RAI 2 (Italian State TV channel) and played a cameo role as himself in the web series The Lady by Lory Del Santo. He writes for various newspapers and is editor-in-chief of Nuovi Argomenti. L’ultimo anno della mia giovinezza (Mondadori, 2018) is a reality show in literary format written with and about Costantino della Gherardesca
Giulia Cuter and Giulia Perona are the creators of Senza Rossetto (Without Lipstick), a podcast and a newsletter that deals with stereotypes from the female world
Francesco D’Amore and Luciana Maniaci are the authors and actors that make up the theatrical duo Maniaci D’Amore
Enrico Dal Buono has published Come fratelli, a collection of short stories for Pequod, and is the author of the novel La vita nana and the essay La provincia è Sagra. Resistenza culinaria di un mondo in disfatta
Kareen De Martin Pinter has worked in museums, art galleries, advertising agencies and press offices. Her first novel, L’animo leggero [The Light Heart] (Mondadori, 2013), was awarded the Paolo Volponi National Literary Prize for a debut work. Dimentica di respirare (Tunué, 2018) is her second book
Gabriele Di Fronzo has published Il grande animale, with which he won the Premio Augusta and the Premio Volponi for a debut work in 2016. He collaborates with Indice dei Libri del Mese [Books of the Month List] and has published stories in Nuovi Argomenti and Linus. His latest book is Cosa faremo di questo amore (Einaudi, 2018)
Federico Favot is a screenwriter and head writer on the TV series I Cesaroni, Inspector Rex, Una poliziotta in famiglia, Tutti insieme all’improvviso (of which he is also the author of the original subject and creative producer); his most recent work is the screenplay for Amore, pensaci tu. He also scripted the film La gente che sta bene and is co-author of the novels Quello che non sai di me, Ovunque andrai and Però mi manchi (Sperling&Kupfer)
Stefano Faure, Arnaldo Greco, Alessandro Bianchi, Antonietta Zaccaro, Enrico Carimi, Claudia Lapadula and Sofia Beltramo are part of the editorial staff on the talk show Che tempo che fa. Stefano Faure also worked on Vieni via con me with Roberto Saviano and is co-curator of the book Io sono l’ultimo – lettere di partigiani italiani (Einaudi). Marco Verdura worked there in the past years, and then he worked on the editorial staff of the programmes Glob and Wikitaly with Enrico Bertolino, broadcast on RAI channels, and Volo in diretta with Fabio Volo, as well as Jack On Tour for Deejay TV
Andrea Fusco is Head of Social Media Strategy at the The Big Now communication agency
Laura Fusconi is an advertising graphic designer and she published some short stories. Her first novel is Volo di paglia (Fazi, 2018).
Giancarlo Germino is a story editor on TV series such as Il restauratore, Terra ribelle and L’ombra del destino; he works for Paco Cinematografica, which has produced films like Basilicata Coast to Coast by Rocco Papaleo, and The Best Offer and The Correspondence by Giuseppe Tornatore
Adriano Giotti is a film director. His short film Feathers, won the Amnesty International Award at the Giffoni Film Festival and was included in the Giovani Autori Italiani (Young Italian Film makers) review at La Biennale in 2015. His short film The Void reached the finals at the Golden Globes 2015. Esseri di stelle produced by Rai Cinema, is his latest short film, while Monsters reached the final five at the David di Donatello Awards in 2017. His first feature film, Sex Cowboys, won the best Italian film award at the RIFF – Rome Independent Film Festival in 2016
Andrea Giordana works for AKQA; he has spent several years working for agencies offering marketing, communication, design and tailor-made digital services
Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza wrote and directed Sicilian Ghost Story, which opened the Semaine de la Critique at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and won the David di Donatello award for the best non-original screenplay (the film is based on a story by Marco Mancassola); in 2013 they had already won the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique and the Prix Révélation at Cannes with the film Salvo
Pietro Grossi is a writer: he has published Fists, The Break, Martini, Incanto and L’uomo nell’armadio. His latest books are Il passaggio and Orrore
Martino Gozzi is the author of Una volta Mia, Giovani promesse and Mille volte mi ha portato sulle spalle; he has translated British and U.S. authors, including Marlon Brando, Keith Richards, Steve Earle and, with Andrea Marti and Marina Petrillo, Life, the autobiography of Keith Richards
Lorenza Ghinelli is a writer and teaches at Scuola Holden. Among other works, she has written The Devourer, La colpa (shortlisted for the Premio Strega in 2012), Con i tuoi occhi and Sogni di sangue. Her latest book is Anche gli alberi bruciano
Carlo Greppi is the author of L’ultimo treno. Racconti del viaggio verso il lager; Italiani, sterminio, memoria and Non restare indietro; he collaborates with Rai Storia and, together with Giampaolo Musumeci, won the DIG “Documentaries, Investigative Reports, Journalism” prize in 2017 for No Border. Militanti ai confini dell’Europa. His latest books are Bruciare la frontiera (Feltrinelli) and 25 Aprile 1945 (Laterza)
Sebastiano Iannizzotto and Valentina Rivetti founded Dieci04, an online communication agency with the co-participation of Holden Srl. They are also the founders of The Catcher, the Scuola Holden’s online magazine
Simone Laudiero is a writer (his novels include Forever and the trilogy for children L’Accademia dei Supereroi) and screenwriter, as well as one of the die-hard members of the La Buoncostume group of TV writers, together with Pier Mauro Tamburini, who graduated in the same year; Pier Mauro has also worked as a journalist for Il Post and has written about television and culture for Personal Report
Davide Lisino is a story liner and dialogue writer for Endemol, as well as screenwriter for SkyItalia. He wrote Italian cowboys for Fandango and Eroi esauriti for goWare
Davide Longo is a writer. His books include The Stone Eater, The Last Man Standing and Bramard’s Case. His latest novel is Così giocano le bestie giovani
Nicolas Lozito is a journalist-graphic designer and he works at Il Messaggero. He formerly worked as graphic designer and photo editor at La Stampa. In 2017 he took part in the World Cup of Innovative Journalism organised by the Global Editors Network. They won first place in Italy and came third at the world finals, beaten only by National Geographic and the BBC. In 2018 he won three European Design Awards for his photo comics. He is the editor of Miniature, a column about visual language on Il Messaggero
Francesca Manfredi, represented by agent Andrew Wylie, published her first book, Un buon posto dove stare with La nave di Teseo; the book won the Premio Campiello for Debut Works in 2017
Andrea Marcolongo was ghostwriter for Matteo Renzi (former Italian Prime Minister) and has published The Brilliant Language: 9 Reasons to Love Ancient Greek. Her latest book is The Heroic Measure
Alessandro Mari is a writer and translator. His books include Overly Human Hope and Gli alberi hanno il tuo nome; he has translated Just Kids by Patty Smith and in 2016 published his first comic book novel Strays. Cronaca di lei (Feltrinelli, 2017) is his latest novel
Marianna Martino founded Zandegù, a publishing house that publishes ebooks and organises events, writing courses and reading groups. Click here to read their blog
Andrea Nobile is a screenwriter on TV series such Distretto di polizia, R.I.S., Il tredicesimo apostolo, Il bosco and Squadra antimafia
Carolina Orlandi has published If You Could See Me Now (Mondadori, 2018)
Laura Paolucci is a screenwriter on the films The Horizon of Events by Daniele Vicari, Caos calmo by Antonello Grimaldi, The Perfect Life by Lucio Pellegrini and Diaz by Daniele Vicari. He is producer on the TV series Gomorra, and wrote the subject and screenplay of My Brilliant Friend, a series based on the books of Elena Ferrante and directed by Saverio Costanzo
Marco Peano is responsible for Italian fiction at Einaudi; he wrote Invention of the Mother (minimum fax, 2015)
Emiliano Poddi is a writer and playwright. He has published Tre volte invano, Alboran and Le vittorie imperfette
Raffaele Riba is a writer and works as an editor for the 66thand2nd publishing company. Un giorno per disfare (2014), his first novel, was selected as book of the month for September 2014 by Fahrenheit Radio 3. He has also published Abbi pure paura (Loescher, 2015). He teaches at Scuola Holden and is curator of the Scrittori in città (Writers in the City) festival 2018. His last novel is La custodia dei cieli profondi (66thand2nd, 2018)
Alice Rohrwacher is a film director. She won the Grand Prix at Cannes 2014 with her second film, The Wonders. Her latest film, Happy as Lazarus, won the award for best screenplay at Cannes 2018
Alessio Romano is a writer: his books include Paradise for All and Only Cigars When You Party. He was responsible for the Gli stonati literary review and his latest book is D’amore e baccalà (EDT)
Evelina Santangelo is a writer and editor for Einaudi. Her latest book is Da un altro mondo. She has also translated Firmino by Sam Savage and Rock ‘n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard for Einaudi, as well as editing Mad Earth by Vincenzo Rabito
Simona Sparaco is the author of Nessuno sa di noi (Premio Strega finalist 2013), Se chiudo gli occhi (Premio Selezione Bancarella, Premio Salerno Libro d’Europa and Premio Tropea) and Equazione di un amore. Her latest novel is Sono cose da grandi
Francesco Sparacino is an Italian fiction editor for Rizzoli and founded the Colla magazine, together with Marco Gigliotti and Stefano Peloso. In 2016, together with Michele Turazzi, he founded the Pastrengo magazine and literary agency in 2016
Flavio Stroppini is a writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker, film director and author of radio plays; he works extensively with the Teatro Sociale of Bellinzona and Radio Svizzera Italiana. He founded Nucleo Meccanico, which produces and supports cultural projects related to storytelling
Elena Varvello is a writer; she has published the poetry collections Perseveranza è salutare and Atlanti. Her collection of short stories, L’economia delle cose won the Premio Settembrini and was selected for the Premio Strega. Her latest books are the novels La luce perfetta del giorno and Can You Hear Me? (Quercus, 2018)
Giorgio Vasta is the author of Time on my Hands (2008), Disorientation (2010) and Present (2012) he is also co-screenwriter of Via Castellana Bandiera, a film di Emma Dante. His latest book is Absolutely Nothing. Storie e sparizioni nei deserti americani. He is creative director of the fourth edition of Book Pride Milan 2018
Paolo Vizzari writes the La Tavola column for the weekly magazine L’Espresso, and he collaborates with La Repubblica, MTV, Radio Deejay, La Cucina Italiana, Traveller, Cook_Inc and Reporter Gourmet, among others. Together with the Turin duo Cavallito & Lamacchia, he is author of the book Giovani&Audaci. Ritratti (quasi) veri dei cuochi che stanno rivoluzionando la cucina italiana