She has got her bachelor degree (1010/1010) in “Human studies ad Music History” from the II University of Rome Tor Vergata, with a thesis on the “Dresden period of Francesco Morlacchi”. She attended some courses and seminars in musicology: Music Analysis Centro Studi Musicali Ferruccio Busoni, Empoli; Music and Film University of Trento; History of Russian Opera St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Russia. Her musical training includes also studies as soprano, attending also vocal master classes: Curso internacional de mùsica antigua of Daroca (Spain); International Musikseminar Franz Liszt Hochschule of Weimar (Germany). She performed as singer in concerts in Italy and abroad, as soloist and in chorus (Chorus Luca Marenzio of National Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome; Chorus of First Presbiterian Church of Evanston, Chicago IL USA). She collaborated as cataloguer of musical score (printed and manuscript music) with the Istituto di Bibliografia Musicale (I.Bi.Mus.) of Rome and with ICCU. She is speaker in international seminars and congresses on music history and cultural management in Italy and abroad. Since 1993 she collaborates as free-lance journalist with different magazines. Since 1994 she works in the management and communication for culture and the performing arts, having followed some management courses held by important institutions and universities: Luiss University of Rome; Europäische Musiktheater Akademie (E.M.A.), Germany; S.D.A. Bocconi University of Milan; The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Inc., Chicago IL USA; Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University Evanston/Chicago IL USA. In this field she worked, with different mansions for different cultural and performing arts companies and organizations in Italy and abroad, among which we mention: Fondazione Romaeuropa, theatre company E.A.O. Giglio, National Theatre of Miskolc/ Hungary, RomaCongressi, Theatre Building/New Tuners/Chicago IL USA (in Chicago she worked also with Light Opera Works, Shakespeare Repertory Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art, Athenaeum Theatre, Illinois Theatre Association, Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Federculture, Teatro de’ Servi, Teatro Lirico Sperimentale G. Belli/ Spoleto, Foundation Marisa Bellisario, Accademia Musicale Brunnelli, Rome Opera House, Latinitas Vaticana Foundation, L’Agenzia, FontanonEstate Festival, Fabrica Musica, Il Carro dell’Orsa, Educational Dipartment of the Municipality of Rome, Palaexpo, ETI, KTB Kitonb, National Dance Academy, Teatro di Roma, MTM mimoteatromovimento, L’Ippogrifo theatre company, Il Quadro theatre company, Municipality of Tivoli, LaboratoriPermanenti, MiBACT, ALES SpA, Accademia Vivarium Novum.
The teaching activity includes: language education and theatre improvisation (Nuovo Centro Studi Pedagogici e Sociali), voice training for actors (Max Rainhardt Theatre School, Rome), marketing, communication, project management and cultural tourism: Centro Regionale di Formazione Professionale of Abruzzo Region, Chieti; Master CUMA-I° edition, organized by STOA in collaboration with Federculture; Associazione Teatro di Roma; KartaBianca; IED, University of Bologna, Roma 3 University and Conservatory of Rome S. Cecilia; University of Tor Vergata, CTS. From the academic year 2016/2017 she is guest lecturer of theatre at the Faculty of Christian and Classical Literature at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.
She also works as playwright and director and she has directed over thirty performances, from classical theater, to contemporary and Opera. She is president and founder of the cultural association M.Th.I.; founder and artistic director of the International Festival Cerealia (www.cerealialudi.org); member of Fuis, INSOR, Comitato Roma150; past professional member of FERPI (chairman of the Lazio cultural group, 2007/2012); past member of ITI/Unesco’s Music Theatre Committee; past member of ISPA (2007/2012). Her profile is included in the EENC experts’ database http://www.eenc.info/expert/paola-sarcina/
In 2018 she as been appointed by MAECI as representative of Italy at the ALF Advisory Council. Since 2019 she is member of the Interuniversity Observatory on Gender, Equality and Equal Opportunities Studies.