Alessia Cartoni holds a BA in Cultural & Social Anthropology and Art History from UAM University in Madrid. She also graduated in Dramatic Arts from Juan Carlos Corazza’s Studio in Madrid, Spain and has acting experience on film, television and the stage.
As a social educator Alessia has done therapeutic work with both children and adolescents whom are under the custody of IMMF, Instituto Madrileño del Menor y la Familia (The Madrid Institute for the protection of children and Families). As a member of the therapeutic team, Alessia tapped the healing power of creativity and imagination as tools to help these children symbolize their difficult ordeals.
At Corazza’s Studio Alessia taught Art History as well as acting, voice, movement, meditation and Yoga to theater students.
Most recently Alessia has combined her training as an actor and anthropologist in her involvement with projects of international cooperation in which she has used Theater of the Oppressed methodologies. In Sudan she developed forum theater pieces dealing with female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and other issues. Back in Spain, she developed workshops geared to sensitizing people about the difficult conditions of South Sudan using Art therapy and other modalities.
As a part of the ImaginAction team, Alessia is currently exploring gender-related issues using TO, myths and traditional stories as well as gathering images and situations from diverse community groups.
Alessia is the ImaginAction’s Apprenticeship Program Coordinator since 2012 and ImaginAction’s representative in Europe.
She speaks Italian, Spanish, English and conversational French.