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Born in Montreal in 1961, Italian-Canadian playwright Vittorio Rossi grew up in the district of Ville-Émard and graduated from Concordia University in 1985 with a BFA specializing in theatre performance. In 1987 he was playwright-in-residence at Montreal’s prestigious Centaur Theatre, during which he completed his first full-length play, The Chain, which opened Centaur’s twentieth-anniversary season in October 1988. The show was then produced at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. From 1990–91 Rossi was writer-in-residence at Concordia University where he also taught playwriting.
Rossi has also written several screenplays and directed a film version of his play Little Blood Brother. In 2003 he taught screenwriting at the University of Sherbrooke. His talent extends to acting as well, with screen credits in both television (Urban Angel) and film (Le Sphinx, 1995; Canvas, 1992; Malarek, 1989).
Rossi has established himself as a significant playwright in the national theatre community with his award-winning plays.
QUOTES OF NOTEThe Envelope
“The Envelope makes us laugh, gasp, and cheer all throughout the play. Right up until the dramatic conclusion when Michael makes his lifechanging decision, there’s never a dull moment, and the clever storyline always keeps us guessing.”
—Gemma Cocomello, montrealites.ca
“Hard-hitting on the one hand, sweet as sugar on the other, The Envelope left the impression of a well-baked, enjoyable piece of Italian pastry.”
—Victor Swoboda, Montreal Gazette
QUOTES OF NOTECarpenter, The
Rossi’s plays represent the heftiest addition to the Canadian dramatic canon since David French’s Mercer Cycle_or George F. Walker’s _East End Plays
QUOTES OF NOTECarmela’s Table
Second time out, the volatile Rosato family still offers passion through familial drama.
QUOTES OF NOTEParadise by the River
Tale of imprisoned Italians delivers explosive, full throttle energy…he succeeds at giving authentic voice to a specific community.
— Montreal Gazette
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