Bruno Leone

1949 – ...

Bruno Leone is a Neapolitan puppeteer who played a crucial role in the revival of the guarattelle theater. In 1978, he met Nunzio Zampella who had given his final performance and sold his puppets and puppet booth a few months earlier. Convinced of the importance of safeguarding the Neapolitan glove puppet theater, Leone became Zampella's student. On May 1, 1979, he put on his first show and, the following year, held his first workshop, which was attended by Salvatore Gatto and Maria Imperatrice. Since then, he has performed in various contexts (streets, schools, theaters, festivals) and continues to train new puppeteers. From 2000 to 2002, he headed up the Scuola delle guarattelle, where Salvatore Gatto and Gaspare Nasuto also taught, and where several guarattellari, such as Irene Vecchia and Gianluca Di Matteo, were trained. He has regularly trained young puppeteers at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette (ESNAM). He builds his own puppet booths and puppets and has a rich repertoire of new shows. In 2019, to mark 40 years of activity as a puppeteer, he opened a static theater in Naples: Casa Guarattelle "Nunzio Zampella".