The Piccabulla Cultural Association, is coordinated by a steering group whose members include, in addition to the founder and president of the association itself, Sabrina Lilli, several resources engaged ingeneral, logistical and technical-administrative organization and in supervision and training of trainers. The Peekaboo method, in fact, is bilingual , but the teaching staff, in addition to making use of native-speaking teachers, precisely with the support of the latter, regularly oversees, through exercises, ad hoc training sessions, the level of quality of linguistic expression of the teaching staff and the continuous refinement of the method. Peekaboo provides, in addition to specific and unique pedagogical aspects in the panorama of language teaching, a progressive entry of the English language up to the full-immersion of the last two trimesters of the courses with a recourse to the native language only as a ”lifesaver” and in all those cases in which it is essential, precisely from a didactic point of view, to deepen the most problematic grammatical knots in the transition from Italian to English or to clarify the so-called ”false friends” and the automatisms inevitable for those learning English as a second language. The Association is also involved in other educational and research projects for which it makes use of collaborations additional specialists.

Sabrina Lilli – AKA: Piccabulla
(President Piccabulla and head of English and theater courses – Planning and organizing staff)

He was born in Rome, graduated from “Virgilio” Classical High School and graduated from “La Sapienza” University in Rome with an experimental thesis (in Italian, English and French) in Theatre and Performing Arts Disciplines. During her undergraduate studies, she won 3 scholarships one of which will allow her to pursue research also at the Parisian “Sorbonne3” University. During her university period, she also obtained a diploma recognized by the Lazio Region as an actress and theater teacher at the International School
The Steam Circus
. He then decided to leave for the U.S. to Los Angeles where he would live for almost a year to specialize in this field and to pursue various studies in theater and language. Among the various specializations and diplomas, he also obtains the English language diploma Trinity (level 9) and within the Cambridge English certifications (Ket, PET and First) and began teaching privately and devising original language teaching methods particularly the PEEKABOO that along a path aimed at a standardized educational goal (e.g., Cambridge ”First” or ”Starters” certification) involves a mix of participatory teaching (cooperative learning), play-theater and choreography aimed at learning/memorization of a foreign language.

Professional Experience
After graduation she experimented as a theater director and author, also producing shows with the support of the Libraries of Rome and funded by the City of Rome. In the film industry, she also collaborates not only with Cinecittà Holding and Studio Universal, which bought her one of her short films (“If”) as an editing secretary but also with other productions in the role of assistant director. (vd. very short film review)
Meanwhile, she continued her activity as an actress and director with theater productions in various theaters in the capital (Teatro Colosseo, Teatro dell’Orologio, Dei Satiri and others). In 2007, she decided to channel her experiences in these artistic fields into educational-training aimed mainly at children and adolescents by becoming a member of the Cultural Association
The Pasty Witch
, with which she stages shows also abroad and several productions for municipalities and public and private entities. He also collaborates with other associations including.
The 3 Owls on the Dresser
and The Wizard of OZ with which he began teaching drama and theater in English at public and peer schools. Over the course of this decade, she also participated in several European projects (e.g., Grundtvig II) that led her to travel in a European context (Paris, Istanbul, Madrid) and to speak English in multi-linguistic contexts as well as to engage with colleagues still working in education but in cultural And with different methodologies.

Toward the Piccabulla Cultural Association…

In 2012, he founded the Piccabulla Association, which would then be registered the following year with the Internal Revenue Service in order to include commercial activities and collaborations with public and private Schools alongside institutional activities for members. Thus, study and experimentation is increased by creating a new teaching method later registered as “Peekaboo” (from the famous Anglo-Saxon bubusettete but also in reference precisely to Piccabulla) in collaboration with native teachers and pedagogues. The originality of this method is that it can also be applied to other languages: theater, movement, choreography and free space for creativity make this method, moreover always evolving and perfecting, a valid parallel path to the traditional ones, complementing and enriching them with all those elements that in large numbers – Peekaboo courses in fact never exceed 8 students – they often overlook. Since 2012, Piccabulla Association has been conducting English courses for children, teens and adults in classroom settings mainly between 8-10 students but also individual lessons for specific training projects such as PUBLIC SPEAKING (through one-on-one meetings and coaching-based paths) or business English. From a few dozen students, the association currently runs courses for about 60 students and can rely on the cooperation of 3 teachers including a native speaker, the supervision of a native speaker for in-house training, and an additional resource for instructional planning, general organization, sports activities and ad hoc projects.


Natalie Nicora – AKA: Teacher Nut
(He works at FAO and for Piccabulla he is in charge as external consultant ofsupervision and quality control and internal training, teledidactics)
Born in Rome, to a British mother and an Italian father, he graduated from the “Virgilio” Classical High School and graduated from “La Sapienza” University of Rome with an experimental thesis in Anthropology. To broaden his knowledge, he obtained an Erasmus scholarship and moved six months to Brussels where he perfected his French and began traveling around northern Europe.
After college, he decided he wanted to deepen his Anglo-Saxon roots and pursued a one-year master’s degree at the
School of Oriental and African Studies
London. The city excites her and so she decides to stay in ‘Perfidious Albion’. Here he gets a job for an NGO that deals with political refugees and stays five years in what he considers one of the most fabulous cities in the world.
The lack of a real summer and incessant rain convinced her to return to Rome. He is fortunate enough to be able to keep his London job and contact while living in Rome but at the same time seeks further professional collaboration in the Eternal City.
He then approached a more “artistic” or creative dimension of the work and for one summer season worked for Cinema da Mare, a film festival that for six weeks toured southern Italy with seventy foreign guests, discovering the beauties of the country, shooting short films and organizing evening screenings in the town square.
From 2007 to 2015, she worked as a journalist and translator-interpreter for the Ministry of Agriculture, traveling on behalf of the Ministry, translating documents, and in international meetings, she was often engaged as a translator. Eager to learn about translation theory, in 2014, she regularly went to Bristol where he achieves a Master’s degree in Translation from the University of West England; has been continuing steadily in an international work environment since 2016, as a journalist, translator and in other communication roles at F.A.O.(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).

Stefano Bertoldi

Stefano Bertoldi – AKA: Step onchio (or captain Steponchio)

(vice-president Piccabulla – General and logistical-administrative organization, responsible for sports activities and outdoor training)

He was born in Florence but spent his childhood in Paris from age 5 to 13 but has now lived in Rome since ’78 after an 8-year interlude in Trevignano Romano (Lake Bracciano) and a 3-year interlude in Cerenova on Rome’s northern coast. Today he divides his time between the capital, Marina di Cerveteri and various other places for educational projects or various nautical activities. For Piccabulla he is in charge of social research and projects, the communication part also related to the website and the sports section (see the
) as Technician Educator U.I.S.P. sec. Sailing andYacht and monohull instructor of the Italian Sailing Federation (F.I.V.) . In addition to his initiatives with Piccabulla, his points of reference are ASD GranLasco and a number of clubs in Calabria and Basilicata. He has been involved in various activities, as a skipper, sailor, and also a scout for the NGO SOS MEDITERRANEE aboard the ship Aquarius. Labor sociologist, after studies under the guidance of Pino Ferraris and later by Domenico De Masi over the years has specialized in studies on the innovative and creative organizations, on the atypical work and at a distance (telecommuting), on innovative training models that adopt techniques of outdoor training. For 20 years he researched and followed EU projects on the world of work, training and organization for S3Acta SrL and then Antares SrL. Freelance journalist currently edits the ”Resistant School” column for Radio Onda d’Urto.
Also as a journalist, he has collaborated in the past with Radiocor (Sole24Ore), Camerino University Newsletter, Social Updates, Banking Management, Future City Radio. Over the years, he has carried out numerous social surveys in the field, dealing with various topics such as youth, tourism and labor organizations, collaborating with numerous agencies in Italy and abroad, both public and private, including CENSIS, Institute IARD, Formez, ANCI Research, Rosselli Foundation, G.Brodolini Foundation, De Lorenzo Training, University of Camerino, “La Sapienza” University of Rome, S3 Studium, (at which he earned the Master at Organizational Sciences), Antares S.r.L. (formerly S3 Acta s.r.L.) with which he carried out research interventions and/or training projects at various public and private institutions, including Presidency of the Council of Ministers, ServiceLazio2000, Legacoop Lazio, CNR, Rome Chamber of Commerce, INAPP (formerly ISFOL) and some municipalities in Lazio for Agenda XXI projects (Mentana, Genzano, Fiumicino, etc.). In 1998 he received his Master’s degree in Education fromISMO in Milan. He also worked for several years on Sociology of the Environment (University of Camerino, ARP Lazio) and land development projects (University of Camerino, Municipality of Narni).
At the University of Camerino, he carried out a project of teleducation by videoconference which back in 1998 was the first implementation in Italy of Real-time interactive distance education at the multi-regional level (Marche-Lazio-Umbria): an experience that then continued until 2007 and helped pave the way for the creation of the Ascoli Piceno video-conferencing teaching hub of the same university. The project has also been studied on a sociological level as an innovative educational and organizational model: to date it remains the first and only experience of its kind in Italy from an organizational and educational point of view before the exponential development of telematic universities as a result of the increase in web tools since the late 1990s.

In the field training has designed or participated as a teacher, in numerous training courses, many of them included in EU-funded projects (ESF, Leonardo, GrundtvigII, Erasmus, etc.); collaborates since 1996 with Antares S.r.L. (Society for Organizational Systems Development) and taught from 1996 to 2006 at the Universities of Camerino and Ascoli Piceno (CUP- Piceno University Consortium) first as an assistant professor of Sociology e Subject matter expert, then for 5 academic years also as professor under contract of Sociology of the cultural good. In recent years, through experimental methodologies such as the‘outdoor training, particularly in sailing, he combined his two main professions, research and education and sailing (mostly sailing). He has been teaching at upper secondary schools in Lazio since 2007.

Therefore, sailing besides being a passion is the other important professional part which is divided into activities as a skipper, trainer outdoor and U.I.S.P. sailing instructor (TED -Technical Educator of theUnion sports for all) as part of initiation courses mainly on dinghies and for the past few years also on our small cabin cruiser, the Donfango. Since 2010 he has been working with the Piccabulla Association taking care of not only the sports-sailing activities but also the general organization and logistics and collaborates on the administrative-accounting side.