Vittorio Rossi is a playwright, actor, director and screenwriter born in Montréal, Canada. He graduated from Concordia University in 1985 with a B.F.A. in theatre performance. Mr. Rossi is widely considered to be the inaugural Italian-Canadian voice on the English-Canadian stage. Rossi earned the respect of the national theatre community with his award winning plays when he stormed the Montréal theatre scene with two consecutive Best New Play Awards at the Quebec Drama Festival with Little Blood Brother in 1986 and Backstreets in 1987. His plays have been produced in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, New York City, Boston, Syracuse and The Stratford Festival in Ontario.
In 1987 Rossi became Playwright-in-Residence at Montréal’s Centaur Theatre, during which time he wrote his ﬁrst full length play, The Chain, which opened Centaur’s 20th anniversary season in October 1988. The show was then produced at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Other plays include: Scarpone, In Pursuit Of A Cow, The Last Adam, (winner of the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Drama in 1996), Love and Other Games, Filumena (Translation), Paradise By The River, and his monumental A Carpenter’s Trilogy comprising of Hellﬁre Pass, Carmela’s Table, and The Carpenter. His play The Envelope was Vittorio’s landmark 10th production at Centaur Theatre. Rossi was Writer-in-Residence at Concordia University in 1990-91 where he also taught playwriting. He is also the recipient of the 1994 Premio Award given by CIBPA (Canadian Italian Business Professionals Association) in the ﬁeld of Creativity for bringing honour and distinction to the Italian-Canadian community with his body of work. In 2003 Mr. Rossi taught screenwriting at the University of Sherbrooke.
As an actor, Rossi appeared as a regular as Dino Marrone on Urban Angel and as Detective Tom Celano in the award-winning French-language television series Omertá. His ﬁlm credits include performances in the CBS Emmy Award-winning Day One, and the critically acclaimed feature Malarek. Rossi was also a co-star in Le Sphinx and played the lead in the ﬁlm Canvas starring opposite Gary Busey and John Rhys-Davies. Other ﬁlms include The Timekeeper, The Walk directed by Oscar winning director Robert Zemeckis, and will soon appear in the upcoming ﬁlm Maﬁa Inc, where he played the consigliere Ricardo Galati. He has written several screenplays and has directed a ﬁlm version of Little Blood Brother. His plays are published by TalonBooks.