After completing university studies in Italy and France, he trained theatrically at the Teatro Stabile in Turin as assistant director of Mario Missiroli, between 1977 and 1981.
His first directing is based on contemporary texts: at the Teatro Stabile dell’Aquila, in 1983, he directs Tonight from Tosti by Alberto Gozzi and at the Teatro Stabile in Turin, in the same year, The house of the engineer by Siro Ferrone, taken from The cognition of pain by Carlo Emilio Gadda.
In those years he also began to collaborate with the cultural programs of RAI, signing hundreds of texts and radio directions for the three national networks of the public broadcaster.
The first appointment as director of the Teatro Stabile dell’Aquila was in 1986. His most important directors: Dream of Oblomov by Siro Ferrone, and a serial theater experiment: The Three Musketeerswhich lasted the whole ’86 / ’87 season.
Between 1990 and 1993 he directed the Teatro di Sardegna, in Cagliari, where he signed the direction of The game of parts by Luigi Pirandello, de The vampire by Angelo Brofferio and by Doll house by Henrik Ibsen.
Between 1994 and 1997 he returned to the direction of the Teatro Stabile dell’Aquila (directed by The woman of the sea by Ibsen, The Misanthrope by Molière, The Papaleo case by Ennio Flaiano).
Later, with a private company, he signs the direction of Alfieri! Alfieri!, The Solness builder by Ibsen e Miss Julie by Strindberg. He also signed, together with a French director and a Belgian director, the staging of Le cercle de craie caucasien by Brecht at the Aix-en-Othe Festival and at the Théâtre de la Villette in Paris (1997).
In 2001 he founded the International Festival “European Theater” which later became “Teatro a Corte” because it traveled through the Savoy residences of Piedmont: until 2017, the festival grew under the banner of Italian-French friendship (more than one hundred companies from across the Alps invited over the years), becoming a reference point for European innovation in particular for in-situ creations.
From 2007 to 2017 he directed the Fondazione Teatro Piemonte Europa in Turin, recognized by the Ministry of the Stable Theater of Innovation, then promoted to a Theater of Relevant Cultural Interest and which since 2010 has obtained the management of the Astra Theater in Turin.
For that stage, in the same period, he created numerous successful shows presented in the billboards of the major Italian theaters, including: Women informed of the facts by Carlo Fruttero, Said d’amour d’Eugène Durif, Divorce by Vittorio Alfieri, The Triumph of the Money God by Marivaux, One of the last evenings of Carnovale by Goldoni;
and has promoted, inviting foreign directors (Jean Claude Penchenat, Myriam Tanant, Robert Talarczik), bilingual shows with Italian, French and Polish actors: Cinema! (in two versions, Italian French and Polish); Bar Franco Italien; Remake.
From February to May 2017 he occupied the same Astra Theater with the imposing scenographic site designed by Luigi Perego for a re-edition of the saga of The Three Musketeers in eight episodes, taking up the texts written thirty years earlier for the Teatro Stabile dell’Aquila by the major Italian playwrights:
an adventure that involved about a hundred show business workers, including about fifty young actors and that thrilled the Turin public every week for forty-eight performances in eight episodes, each directed by different directors (Navello himself, Gigi Proietti, Piero Maccarinelli, Myriam Tanant, Andrea Baracco, Robert Talarczyk, Ugo Gregoretti and Emiliano Bronzino).
Since 2019, BN sits on the Scientific Committee of the international project, supported by the Institut Universitaire de France, Marivaux et les scènes européennes led by Paola Ranzini of the University of Avignon: among other initiatives, the publication of the Omnia by Marivaux in Italian from the publisher Cue Press. The first volume has been in bookstores since September 2021 and on November 23, 2021 it debuted at the Pergola in Florence, for the first time in Italian, The second surprise of lovewith the translation and direction, in fact, by Beppe Navello.
Since 2015 he has been a director of the Alliance Française of Turin and in 2021 he was appointed director of the Teatro Regio in Turin by the Minister of Culture.
In his professional career, Beppe Navello has directed, among others: Paolo Bonacelli, Carmen Scarpitta, Caterina Vertova, Elia Schilton, Gianni Garko, Domiziana Giordano, Laura Lattuada, Pina Cei, Maddalena Crippa, Giustino Durano, Lina Sastri, Roberto Alpi, Giorgio Albertazzi, Anna Galiena, Romina Mondello, Lino Capolicchio, Giuseppe Pambieri, Daniela Poggi, Patrizia Zappa Mulas, Franca Valeri, Geneviève Penchenat, Antonino Juorio