Chiara Zizola was born and raised in Asolo, a medieval city in the North East of Italy, that has been a destination for worldwide known intellectuals, poets, actors and musicians, for centuries. Chiara co-founded and managed a contemporary Art Gallery in her hometown for several years, while also managing public art events. She later moved to London UK, where she obtained a Master of Arts in Arts Management and Cultural Policies, from City, University of London. Since then, she has been working as Cultural Event / Exhibition Manager for several British and Italian Cultural Institutions. Her great passion is Environmental Art. In 2010 Chiara met her American husband and moved with him first to Chicago and later to Las Vegas.
In her professional background, Culture, Management and Education intertwine. For 20 years, she has also passionately been teaching Italian to children and adults from different countries. Chiara is currently working in Las Vegas as a Freelance Environmental Art Specialist / Artists’ Consultant and Exhibition Designer. She loves to travel, and meeting people from all over the world.
Nicole Repetto was born and raised in Genova. In 2007 she earned her Bachelor degree in Arts, Literature and Business Entertainment at The University of Genova. While at University, she also started her performer experience in a Musical Theater company as singer, actress and dancer. She performed on stage for over seven years with hundreds of live events and many theater contests. She became Assistant Director for musical theater productions and workshops. In 2011, She worked for a training company in Genova teaching Italian for foreigners, communication and public speaking.
In 2012 She moved to Las Vegas and she started to work as private tutor teaching Italian language and culture with students of all ages and skill levels. In January 2017 she started to teach Italian at CSN- College of Southern Nevada. She loves being able to share with my students the passion and the love she has for her country, its culture and history. She loves cooking and she’s doing her best raising her little boy Massimo with 100% Italian cuisine at home. Nicole currently teaches Italian at Unlv as well. The two mottos she loves and lives by are “Non mollare mai” (never give up) and “Non si finisce mai di imparare (you never stop learning).
Valeria Sabatini was born in Cosenza and raised in Terni. After graduating as elementary teacher she pursued the career of freelance reporter and collaborator for several local TVs in Umbria, Emilia Romagna and Calabria, national press agencies, and international newsmagazines. She moved a first time to USA in 2003 traveling for a whole year from California to the East Coast. From 2006 to 2010 she was correspondent from South Italy for the Italian language daily newspaper America Oggi. She was also called to teach techniques of writing news in a high school in Terni. Alongside the practice of journalism she taught in a preschool in Reggio Emilia and has been the curator of art’s catalogues for the painter and scenographer Franco Bonetti, an international recognized Emiliano-Romagnolo artist. She moved definitively to US in 2012 after marrying an Air Force officer. They have a five year old boy called Leonardo.
Marta Soligo is PhD student in Sociology at University of Nevada Las Vegas and is Research Assistant at the International Gaming Institute (UNLV). She is also Heritage and Cultural Studies researcher at Università di Bergamo (Italy), where graduated (Master’s degree) in Planning and Management of Tourism Systems in 2012. In 2013 the Theater, Film, and Television department at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) invited her for a semester as a visiting scholar. She presented her academic work at several conferences promoted by international organizations, such as UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) and ICOM (International Council of Museums.) Soligo is also working with Italian websites and media, publishing articles on her research topics. She collaborates with Lecco-Lombardia Film Commission (Italy) and with the creative hub Mediars (Italy – Los Angeles).