The Agency Danesi Tolnay was founded in 1946 by the two sisters Natalia Danesi Murray and Lea Danesi Tolnay. One lived in New York and the other in Rome and they created, thanks to theatre, an ideal bridge between the United States and Italy.
It is due to them that American drama has become known in Italy after the second World War with the famous Luchino Visconti stagings such as Death of a Salesman, A View From the Bridge, The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire. Other important shows include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by Franco Zeffirelli and The Miracle Worker directed by Luigi Squarzina, and many others.
In 1985, Lea Danesi began a collaboration with her daughter Flavia Tolnay, equipped with a long experience as an Actors’ Representative and co-owner of the Petri-Tolnay Agency. Flavia Tolnay has also been one of the founder members and President of the Laboratorio di Esercitazioni Sceniche di Roma directed by Luigi Proietti. She has been a member of the SIAE since 1986 as Licensee and became a partner in 1996.
Over the years the Agency has widened its repertoire with other important Authors of different nationalities.
Since 1997, the Agency represents Dario Fo’s, Franca Rame’s and Jacopo Fo’s repertory abroad.
The Agency is member of the governing body of the Italian Society of Authors since 2003.