Winner “Natta and Copernico” Award for the dissemination of the Science

Prof. Michele Mirabella


The Committee promoting the “Giulio Natta” and “Nicolò Copernico” Prizes assigns, for the edition 2014 “Natta and Copernico” Prize for the scientific divulgation to Prof. Michele for his excellent activity of medical sciences propagator. The divulgation by Prof. Michele Mirabella of biomedical sciences is incomparable and took place at a popular level without losing its scientific features through a TV format like Elisir. Such activities, together with prestigious publications, aim at the divulgation of science and technology. The Prize is an artwork by the sculptor Carlo Zoli.    


Mr. Michele Mirabella holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Philosophy (cum laude) with a direction study about Pirandello’s theatre and has got also a degree in Pharmacy (ad honorem).
He is Professor on contract at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the University “Sapienza” in Rome.
Director, author and theatre/radio/cinema and TV actor. Teacher, essayist and journalist. He has been working since 1983 in RAI after having won a scholarship.

He started off in the CUT/Bari theatre and then became the assistant of Mr. Enriquez, Mr. Di Stefano and Mr. Planchon.

He is the director of more than 50.000 shows (among the authors: Goldoni, Plauto, Aristofane, Brecht, Shakespeare, Pirandello, Ruzante, Alberti, Shisgall, Mrozek, Manfridi, Poggiani, Benni, Feydeau, Machiavelli, Sciascia, Donald Churchill, Moretti, Micheli, De Filippo) and has acted and directed also the staging in civic theatres and in many leading acting companies in Italy, in Europe and in the USA.

In the latest 80’s he cooperates with “La nuova Opera dei burattini” directed by Maria Signorelli. For this company he directs three shows. It’s important to mention “Signori la marionetta!” by Gordon Craig and “L’inferno di Dante” of which he has looked after the scenic adaption.

Both these shows have been coproduced by the Teatro Stabile in Rome and they have been invited for a recital cycle by the Theatre of the New York University.

He has given lessons to the students attending “Italian studies” at the NYU about “Theatre and society” in Italy.

He has cooperated with Dacia Maraini for the staging of a show about the life of Isabella Morra extracted from the Benedetto Croce’s writings.

As opera director he has staged “Traviata”, Tosca”, Butterfly”, “Histoire du soldat”, “La marescialla d’Ancre”, “L’Elisir d’amore”, Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, “Don Pasquale”, “Manon Lescaut”, “Lucia di Lammermoor”, “Il tabarro”, “Cavalleria rusticana“, “Zanetto”, “Rigoletto”, “L’Italiana in Algeri”, “Il Pipistrello” and works by Strawinsky, De Falla, Traetta, Piccinni, Duni, Nini, Philidor.

He has led and introduced many operatic and symphonic music concerts and also melodrama contests during important events for example at the “Teatro alla Scala” in Milan and at “Teatro Regio” in Parma.

He has also worked for the cinema (about 30 movies) and for the advertisement as director, actor and scriptwriter.

He has also worked as director and producer of documentary films.

He has worked both as director and as author/presenter for the radio and the TV, signing many programs, winning prizes like “Maschera d’argento”, “Microfono d’argento” and the prize “Naxos”.

He has also won twice the “Telegatto”.

He has written for many national journals like “La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno”, “Il Messaggero”, “La Domenica del Corriere” and “Il Venerdi di Repubblica”.

Now he cooperates with “La Repubblica” for the Puglia edition.

He takes part to a lot of conferences.

He has given lessons about communication at the University of Viterbo, Lecce, Siena, Urbino and “La Cattolica” in Brescia. He has also taught at the IULM in Milan for “Ideazione e produzione radiotelevisiva”.

He has taught “Sociologia della comunicazione: teoria e tecniche dei mezzi di comunicazione di massa” at the University of Literature in Bari. He has published for “Robin Editore” the book “La più bella del villaggio” that collects his university lessons and then he has also written for Armando Editore “Lo spettatore vitruviano”, a study about the communication during the globalization times.

For Mondadori he has written and published in 2012 “Cantami o mouse”, about the myths in the modern society.

He has published scientific researches about communication, many critical essays, the book “La lunga vita di Elisir” and the manual “Fare teatro”.

Now he presents “Elisir” for Rai Tre, a program about the scientific and medical divulgation which has reached the episode No. 500 and he presents also the TV program “Apprescindere” for Rai Tre.

He is coordinator of the Master for the training of the RAI authors.

He has been for three years artistic director and overseer of the Teatro Nuovo “Giovanni da Udine” in Udine (Italy) and now he is artistic director of the theatre “Traetta” in Bitonto-Bari (Italy).

He has been administration counselor and consultant of the Fondazione “Petruzzelli e teatri di Bari” with whom he now cooperates as director.

He has been administration counselor of the Auditorium “Parco della Musica” in Rome. He is President of the Committee AIRC of Puglia. He is commander of the “Ordine al Merito” of the Italian Republic.

Next appointments: presenter of the TV program “Elisir” for Rai Tre and theatre director for “Cappelletti and Montecchi” by Bellini at the Teatro Greco in Lecce (Italy).