Romeo Castellucci (1960 –) is an Italian theatre director, playwright, artist and designer. Since the 1980s he has been one part of the European theatrical avant-garde. He earned his diploma in set design and painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna and founded along with his sister Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, the Societas Raffaello Sanzio. Since then, the company has released more than a dozen books and has received numerous awards and recognitions. His company is considered to be one of the most radical contemporary theatre groups in Italy and in Europe.The company's performances are in the genre of the "Theater of Images" incorporating elaborate spectacles of theatre machines, dense soundscapes, and narrative fragmentation. According to Contemporaryperformance.com the group's performers "are a mix of the Casellucci family, Italian actors, real performers of extreme age, size, or physical conditions, and animals."In 2003 he became director of the theatre section of the 37th edition of the Venice Biennale, and in 2008 he was one of two "associate artists" at the Festival d'Avignon, and created three pieces inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy. The trilogy was considered by the French newspaper Le Monde to be "the best play and one of the ten most influential cultural events in the world for the decade 2000-2010".