Lupinelli began to establish himself in the Italian theatre scene in 1986 with the show Harvè Harvè, directed by Maria Martinelli and with Danilo Conti. Later, he worked with Marcello Aliprandi on the film Quando non c’era ancora i Beatles, produced by Rai 3. In 1989 he performed La mia casa, by Heinrich Böll, with Eugenio Sideri, which was presented at the Santarcangelo Festival and was followed by a successful two-year tour.
Since 1990 he has been part of Teatro delle Albe and he is a member of Ravenna Teatro (centre for theatrical promotion and research), with whom he performed Incantati, All’inferno, Perindherion, I Polacchi, Sogno di una notte di mezza estate, I Refrattari and Salmagundi, written and directed by Marco Martinelli and performed in major Italian and European theatres.
In 1991 Lupinelli founded the Non-School with Marco Martinelli. In 1997 he started working with disabled people in Ravenna where he created Woyzech. He inaugurated a collaboration with the disabled centre Pl.e.ia.di in 1999 in Lerici (SP), making his debut in Hallo Kattrin, after Bertholt Brecht’s Mother Courage, in June 2000. In 2001 he created Ella by E. Achternbusch, with Eugenio Sideri, a performance that earned him an UBU Award nomination for best Italian actor for the intensity of his performance. He continued his involvement with the Pl.e.ia.di disabled centre with the staging of Uno Studio per Marat-Sade, based on Peter Weiss’s Marat-Sade in 2004. In 2007 the project landed in the province of Livorno and led to the production of MARAT, freely based on Peter Weiss’s Marat-Sade, with over forty performers including disabled actors, high school students and students of the Non-School in Ravenna. In 2008 MARAT inaugurated Teatro La Cucina in the former Paolo Pini Psychiatric Hospital in Milan, a rehabilitation facility that was converted into an Arts space thanks to the commitment of the Olinda Association.
Lupinelli left Teatro delle Albe in 2006 and founded the company Nerval Teatro with Elisa Pol the following year. In the capacity of both actor and director he has created the shows Fuoco Nero and Magnificat by Antonio Moresco, Appassionatamente– from the writings of Werner Schwab, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, Le Presidentesse (First Ladies) by Werner Schwab, Carezze– with Roberto Abbiati, Canelupo Nudo– by Rita Frongia and directed by Claudio Morganti, and Ma perché non dici mai niente– monologue by Lucia Calamaro.
Since its creation in 2007 Lupinelli has produced with the Laboratorio Permanente in residence at Armunia in Rosignano Marittimo (LI), an encounter that transposes the possibilities of theatre within a socially inclusive context. He has directed important works received at the national level for Laboratorio Permanente such as MARAT (2007), Hamlet! Ovvero l’incontro mancato (2009), Appassionatamente (2010 Schwab Project), Che cosa sono le nuvole (2012 Pasolini Project), Attraversamenti, Winnie and Sinfonia Beckettiana (2015-2018 Beckett Project).
In 2016 he began an exploratory journey into the poetic universe of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The first phase took place in Berlin following an intensive seminar for actors living there and concluded in the staging of Fassbinder’s play Blood On The Cat’s Neck at Kindl Brauerei in Neukölln.