Silvia Costa


is an Italian director and performer born in Treviso.

Since graduating in Visual Art and Theatre at the Venice's IUAV University in 2006, she has proposed a visual and poetic theatre nourished by a deep reflection on images. Alternating roles as writer, director, interpreter and set designer, she crosses different aesthetic fields in a personal exploration of Theatre.

She has created productions such as: La quiescenza del seme (2007) and Musica da Camera (2008), presented at Festival Es. in Terni (Italy) followed by 16 b, Come un vaso d'oro adorno di pietre preziose (2009) at Lupo Festival in Forli. In 2015, with photographer Silvia Boschiero, and for the Uovo Performing Art Festival in Milan she created A sangue freddo, and Alla traccia, lode a ciò che è stato rimosso (2016).

Her first production, Figure, presented at the Uovo Festival in Milan in 2009, won the ETI Prize for New Creation following a regular collaboration with this festival.

In 2012, she was invited to the Euro-Scene Leipzig Festival to present Stato di grazia where she also created La fine ha dimenticato il principio with the paraplegic dancer Juri Roverato. In 2013 she was finalist in the Premio Scenario in Italy with Quello che di più grande l'uomo ha realizzato sulla terra which has then been presented in its final form at the Festival delle Colline Torinesi in Turin. With this production presented in 2015 at the Théâtre de Gennevilliers she made her debut as director on international stages following the Théâtre de la Cité internationale, BIT Teatergarasjen in Bergen and Drugajanje Festival in Ljubljana.

In 2016, she presented at the Festival d'Automne in Paris the production by Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers an adaptation of the novel by Jules Renard, Poil de Carotte. This performance is still regularly on tour.

Her latest creation, Dans le pays d’hiver, inspired by Dialogues with Leuco by Cesare Pavese, was created for at the Festival d'Automne à Paris 2018 in coproduction with MC93-Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis in Bobigny, Le Quai - CDN Angers Pays de la Loire, FOG Triennale Milan Performing Arts, Festival delle Colline Torinesi / TPE Teatro Piemonte Europa, Teatro Metastasio di Prato, LuganoInScena at LAC (Theater and Culture of Lugano) and Teatro Stabile del Veneto.

In addition, she directed and designed Wry smile Dry sob, a choreographic and musical installation inspired by Beckett's Comedy which she also directed at the Landestheater Vorarlberg in Bregenz, Austria. In 2021 she was invited to Residenztheater in Munich to direct and design Erinnerung eines Mädchens by Annie Ernaux and for the Bregenzer Festspiele in collaboration with Landestheater Vorarlberg she staged and designed the four location creation Ihr seid bereits eingeschifft.

Silvia Costa made her lyric debut in 2019 with Claude Vivier's Hiérophanie performed by the Ensemble intercontemporain at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, taking part of the Festival d'Automne. In 2020 she has been invited to Staatsoper Stuttgart to direct and design the set of Juditha Triumphans (Vivaldi), Stefano Montanari conducting and in September 2020 she has created the mise-en espace for Cosi fan tutte at Palau de les Arts in Valencia. For Festival Aix-En-Provence 2021 she staged and set designed Il combattimento o la teoria del cigno nero and the mise-en-espace of Pierrot Lunaire, a concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja. At Theatre du Chatelet collaborating with Ensemble intercontemporain she created Interieur a world premiere by composer Joan Magrané Figuera with the adaptation of Maurice Maeterlinck’s short play. Also La femme au marteau, a coproduction between La Comédie De Valence, MC93, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Théâtre National de Bretagne / Rennes, Maillon-Strasbourg and De Singel.

From 2006 to 2020, she was actress and artistic collaborator to most of Romeo Castellucci's creations for theater and opera.

She was associate artist of the Teatro dell'Arte / Triennale Milano 2017-19 and of CDN d'Angers (2019).

Her creative work has been supported from 2021 to 2023 by deSingel, Antwerp. Since 2020, she is part of the artistic ensemble of the Comédie de Valence.