our people

our people Orsolina28 arises from the energy of the people behind the scenes, group of women with one goal in mind: to establish O28 as unifying a home for the arts, where one can live, learn and create abundantly.

O28 is a dream come true thanks to many ingredients: curiosity, tenacity, zeal, love for discovery and a desire to give access to a place whose remarkable beauty must be shared. All those ingredients can be spotted in the people who carry on Orsolina28' daily duty.

Simony Monteiro

Founder & Artistic Director

Born in New York yet of Brazilian origin, Simony trained in the best American schools of dance, including the School of American Ballet and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. Her unconditional love for dance is combined with her strong ability and spirit of sharing.

Orsolina28 is a dream come true for Simony: an enchanting place to be made accessible for all, where art can express itself at its best.

Laura Edera

School Director & Operations Manager

During her professional career, Laura focused on media relations and communication, mainly in the fields of design and innovation
based on her degree at Politecnico of Turin. Since 2017, she has spearheaded the planning and execution of all activities at O28 while serving as Director of the School.

A devotee of the values of dance, she also trained in dance from a very young age until the beginning of her career.

Elena Testa

Head of Production & Residences

Elena joined the Orsolina28 team in 2019, bringing her wealth of experience in organizing events, performances, and festivals. Her past experience includes curating live shows for over ten years at the Genoa Science Festival. Always passionate about the work of research and creation, she has collaborated with writers, musicians, scientists, and directors.

At Orsolina28, Elena is in charge of planning and managing choreographic residencies, special events, and performances.

Elena Bucarelli


After earning her degree in Philosophy, Elena started working in the field of communication and advertising. In 2013, she joined the Finde Group, working on various projects in the communication field, including the birth of Orsolina28.

Today, Elena develops Orsolina28’s communication in close collaboration with the team.

Teresa Tazzetti

Orsolina Art Foundation

Teresa joined Finde Group in 2014, where she was involved in external relations and projects related to contemporary art. From 2003-2014, she served as Head of International Relations and VIP Programme for Artissima, International Contemporary Art Fair Torino.

Today, Teresa is President of Orsolina Art Foundation. Her rare combination of passion for performing arts and expertise in public relations allow her to promote the Foundation in synergy with the vision and mission of O28.

Barbara Bellino

Financial Officer

Barbara has been on board since the birth of Orsolina28, with a strong track record in finance administration for the Finde Group since 1994. Since its founding in 2018, she holds the position of Sole Director of Orsolina srl, the company supporting Orsolina28 for managing hospitality as well as organizing performance events.

Currently, Barbara serves as General Secretary of Orsolina Art Foundation.

Jessica Tarascio

School Secretary

Jessica is in close contact with the management, teachers, families, and students of Orsolina28. As School Secretary, she manages course attendance and organizes school activities, while serving as the front desk reference to welcome all of our international students.


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