My name is Bettina Iantorno and I am an American of Italian and Spanish heritage born and raised in San Francisco, California. As a young child, I was exposed to the Italian language and culture by almost yearly family vacations and extended stays from my father’s side with my relatives in Calabria, Italy. I was introduced to the Spanish language also as a child on my mother’s side with frequent visits to Spain and Mexico.
I began my study in Italian as a child and continued with Italian and Spanish in high school. My studies have included the Universita’ per Stranieri in Siena, Italy, an Undergraduate Degree as an Italian language major and Theatre minor from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in the Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University.
I received the Bank of America Award for excellence in foreign language and was a two-time scholarship recipient in Italian.
I have lived in Italy during different periods of my life and in Madrid and the Canary Islands, Spain for over 12 years.