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Adriano Cappelletta

Artist, Writer

Adriano is an actor, writer, theatre-maker and singer songwriter based in Sydney.

A graduate of NIDA and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, he has performed throughout Australia, Europe and New York.

A theatre-maker for over ten years, he has presented work at The New York Summer Play Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Fringe World WA, Sydney Comedy Festival, Artrage, The Great Escape Festival, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney Opera House, Underbelly Arts Festival and The Sydney Writers Festival.

​His work spans the spectrum of theatre: cabaret, physical theatre, musicals, character comedy, stand-up, puppetry, improvisation, bouffon and clowning.

Adriano creates work that is playful and satirical, touching on the pleasure and absurdity of life and communicating the magic and imagination of theatre.

​A recipient of The Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship and The Mike Walsh Scholarship, in 2008, he traveled to Paris to study with master clown and theatre guru, Philippe Gaulier. In Paris he studied the art of melodrama, bouffon, mask, Shakespeare, Chekhov, mime, acrobatics and a unique brand of character comedy.

​Since 2005, he has worked extensively with Sandra Bates at The Ensemble Theatre in Sydney and with Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image.

Individually and with Holly Austin he has written several hit comedy shows, touring festivals and selling out Sydney seasons as well as creating the comedy web-series Ultimate Fanj, which was part of Fresh Blood for ABCiview. Online, his comedy sketch #NewParents garnered 100,000+ views in 4 days and was featured on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Daily Edition.

​In 2006 he was Nominated for Best Newcomer at The Sydney Theatre Critic’s Awards for his role in The Ensemble Theatre Production of A View from the Bridge. In 2014, The Sydney Arts Guide awarded him Best Supporting Actor for his role as Hal in The Ensemble Production of Proof. In 2017 his one-man cabaret comedy This Boy’s in Love was nominated for Best Cabaret at Adelaide Fringe and Fringe World, WA and awarded a Highly Commended Weekly Award at Adelaide Fringe 2017.

With Holly Austin and Jo Turner, he was recently awarded the Philip Parsons Playwriting Fellowship for Ruby’s Wish and will present a new work Under the Same Sky.

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The Moors: Jen Silverman’s Brave New World
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ArchivedSeymour Centre, Chippendale, Sydney 7 Feb - 1 Mar 2019

The Moors: Jen Silverman’s Brave New World

American writer Jen Silverman's plays suggest true happiness can come only from bold action and reinvention, writes Adriano Cappelletta.

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