our people

our people Orsolina28 arises from the energy of the people behind the scenes, group of people 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.

Jessica Tarascio

Head of Administration

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.

Umberto Bonifacino


A doctor of agronomy, Umberto graduated in 2015 with high honors in agricultural science, completing a sustainable crop management curriculum. Since 2016, he has managed all of Orsolina28’s agricultural production while passionately contributing to the development of environmental sustainability projects. At Orsolina28, Umberto also teaches Horticulture classes for both adults and children.


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