Pierangelo Pompa was born in Italy in 1979.
He has studied theatre history (with a thesis on the influence of asian body techniques on the training of western actors) and foreign languages and litteratures at Rome University, with a thesis in Chinese language and translation, specialising on traditional Chinese theatre and Mei Lanfang's writings, after various stays of several months in China and Taiwan.
He has been assistant director for Eugenio Barba at Odin Teatret from 2008 for several performances by Odin Teatret and numerous other projects. He works as “director in residence” at Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium.
He founded in 2008 in Italy the international theatre group Altamira Studio Teater, which later moved to Danmark. With Altamira Studio Teater Pierangelo Pompa has realised performances presented in several countries, such as I look at the sea, The Garden, Twelve Good Words, Don Giovanni, The Last Night, The Clinic of the Blinded, The Staggering Circus, The World in a Song, The River – Dream of a Poet, By Heart, Boudu tager til Danmark and the work demonstration Style Exercises. For Holstebro Festival Week 2014 he directed the opening performance Prologue to the Future and the intercultural ceremony The Empty Chair, which produced also in Amsterdam, in the frame of the European Project Caravan Next.
He leads regularly workshops and pedagogical projects on actor's training and dramaturgy, invited by international academies, universities and festivals in Danmark (Danish National School of Performing Arts, Aarhus University, Aalborg University), Italy (Rome University, Ferrara University), China (Beijing Central Academy of Drama, Shanghai Theatre Academy), Iran (International Festival of University Theatre).
He has published articles, translations and reviews on Chinese theatre and his work with Altamira Studio Teater and Eugenio Barba, such as:
Da via di Portonaccio, a Roma, Teatro e Storia 29/2008
L'occhio eurasiano di Mei Lanfang, Teatro e Storia 31/2010
Dal Teatro Grande di Tianjin, Teatro e Storia 32/2011
Il libro di Li Ruru sull'Opera di Pechino, Teatro e Storia 32/2011
Fahreneit 32, Teatro e Storia 35/2014
Theatre as co-creative space and as inspiration for higher education, with Tatiana Chemi 2016 (in progress)