Adriano De Santis was born in Rome in 1970. He is a composer, director, educator and producer. At the age of nine he entered the S. Cecilia Conservatory of music in Rome where he graduated as a pianist and composer.
In his early teens he met renowned Italian actress, pedagogic and novelist Goliarda Sapienza. Gioliardia introduced him into the Italian film industry where he learned both film and theatre directing techniques. He worked alongside important figures such as actor Giancarlo Giannini, Academy Award nominee Lina Wertmuller, director Citto Maselli and many others.
After performing as a concert pianist in many recitals in Italy and abroad he decided to interrupt his pianist career to devote himself to directing and producing. Adriano has been teaching acting at the National Film School, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome since 1992, where he developed new forms of actor training (micro mimics and close ups). He presented these in workshops and seminars around the world as visiting professor in the most important international theatre and film schools.
His theatre credits include the direction of a wide spectrum of productions, from small to large scale, from new writing (the World premiere of “If only I could sing I’d be saved” and “Himmelveg” by Juan Mayorga, the Italian premiere of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpuor) to huge mass events (“La luce dei bambini”, concerts at the Sala Nervi, Vatican city, Rome, “La musica della memoria” at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, “Concerto di Roma” at the Cinecittà studios Rome, “Sinfonie in scena” Unicredit Pavilion, Milan, L’Oro d’Italia at Bozar, Bruxelles).
He has composed the soundtrack for several film productions, such as “I have looked for you in all the obituaries” by Giancarlo Giannini and “Frammenti di Sapienza” by Paolo Franchi. Other compositions for theatre productions includes “Il ragazzo con l’albergo” by Gian Maria Cervo directed by Broadway/Hollywood director David Warren and “Peoples Temple” by the English director Malcolm McKay.
He is a permanent consultant of the famous Italian music label, Easy Records, for which he has produced or co-produced dozens of records and has directed many events and videos. Since 2007 he has been a consultant for the International Theatre Festival “Quartieri dell’Arte” in Italy.
He is a co-founder of “Ensemble 3.0”, a film, music and theatre company, with which over the last two years he has produced various theatrical works and films among which the fashion films “The Good Italian I and II” (starring Giancarlo Giannini), which have won the most important awards around the world.
From 2009 to 2015 he has been the Head of the National Film School, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, where he developed a highly innovative educational program and policy and supervised the production over 200 films.
At the moment he is the Director of organisation and coordination of didactic activities and productions and Director of acting department at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.