generating spectacle wherever we go


The Vision


Compagnia de' Colombari (Company Colombari) is an international collective of performing artists, generating theater in surprising places. Colombari intentionally clashes cultures, traditions and art forms to bring fresh interpretation to the written word--old and new--and commits to using any means possible to flesh it out. Colombari brings performers and audiences together, thereby transforming strangers into community. Colombari is founded on the twin principles that the magic of great theater can happen anywhere and be made accessible to everyone.


The History


Based in New York City, Compagnia de' Colombari was born in Orvieto, Italy, in 2004, where the company re-imagined the medieval mystery plays and performed them in the streets and piazzas of Orvieto. Having revitalized the tradition of theater during Orvieto's Corpus Christi Festival each spring, the company launched a parallel theatrical tradition in New York, STRANGERS AND OTHER ANGELS. Since 2008, the company has created and performed MORE OR LESS I AM (inspired by Whitman's "Song of Myself") all around New York City (2009-19); EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE (from Flannery O'Connor's short story) in Rome and on tour in the United States (2009-2015); THE WORLD IS ROUND IS ROUND IS ROUND (based on Gertrude Stein's story) performed at Arts, Letters, Numbers in upstate New York (2013); Andras Visky's GIULIA, performed in a late medieval courtyard in Orvieto, Italy (2012); Monteverdi's ORFEO, performed in the Palazzo Simoncelli in Orvieto (2014); and Karin Coonrod's TEXTS&BEHEADINGS/ElizabethR performed at The Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. and at BAM/Next Wave Festival in New York (2015) twice in 2017.  The company produced THE MERCHANT IN VENICE in the Venice Ghetto in July 2016 and  perform it again in the fall of 2017,  and at two different theater festivals in 2018. 



The Board

Lisa Barlow

Reg E Cathey ✝

John Conklin, Co-Chair

Karin Coonrod

Anna Gincherman

Gail Hochman

Ferne Mele, Treasurer

Michael Unthank, Co-Chair

The Advisory Board

Chris Akerlind

Frieda Bradlow

Tony Geballe

David Scott Kastan

Michael Perreca

Michael Potts

John Skillen

Doug Stein

Greg Trupiano

Paul Vasile


✝ in memory of



Funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Council for the Humanities, the Malka Fund and countless generous individual donors.


Compagnia de' Colombari is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit company. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.



*KARIN COONROD, Founding Director of Compagnia de’ Colombari is a theater maker whose work has been witnessed across the U.S. and around the world.  She and the company launched a new tradition of theater in Orvieto. With the company, Coonrod has developed (in addition to texts&beheadings, Orfeo and The World Is Round Is Round...) two other repertory pieces: More Or Less I Am (a music-theater piece drawn from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself); and Everything That Rises Must Converge (a verbatim staging of Flannery O'Connor's story). Coonrod is currently on the faculty at the Yale School of Drama.