Fabio Grossi

His debut as an actor is in theater in 1977, thus beginning to work in the show business, to later touch all the disciplines, from theater to cinema, from television to radio, through dubbing and advertising.

He collaborated with some of the most important Italian theater directors: Ronconi, Puecher, Fenoglio, Nanni and Navello. Curious and special was his interpretation of Polonio in Hamlet by W. Shakespeare directed by A. Di Stasio, who also directed him as Tiresia in a study on Oedipus Rex by Sophocles in 1997. In the 2003/2004 season, Fabio participates in the show Chiacchiere e Sangue – I fatti della Banda della Magliana, written and directed by Daniele Costantini, in the role of “er Palletta”. From this theatrical work, a film titled I fatti della Banda della Magliana has also been taken.

In the 2007 season of the Globe Theater in Rome, under the direction of Riccardo Cavallo, Fabio plays Puck’s role in W. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Prolific was his participation as co-star in numerous television varieties, until he played, in the mid-1990s, a huge variety of characters in TV movies and serials, such: Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna, Il tesoro di Damasco, Gioco di specchi, Commesse 2 e La Tassista directed by José M. Sanchez; Dio ci ha creato gratis with Leo Gullotta and La dottoressa Giò, both directed by F. De Luigi.

In the 2002/03 TV season he participated in the 83rd episode of the RAI3 series La Squadra and as a permanent character in the role of Tancredi in the RAI2 26 episode series Cinecittà directed by Alberto Manni. In 2004, directed by Carlo Vanzina, Fabio was in the television series Un ciclone in famiglia. In 2005 he took part in the Spanish Antenna Three production Los Borgias (The Borgias) directed by Antonio Hernandez, playing the role of Cardinal Riario. In 2008, the TV film ’O Professore, directed by Maurizio Zaccaro, in which Fabio plays the role of Picone, is broadcasted on Mediaset networks.

His experiences in cinema include Vajont by R. Martinelli. In 1988 he worked with Nanni Loi in the movie Scugnizzi, thus beginning a collaboration with this director and participating in his Candid Camera Show.

He also took part in Paolo Sorrentino’s The family friend (L’amico di famiglia).

In recent years, though still acting, his interests turned to theatrical scriptwriting and directing.

His first literary production was a sacred representation of the passion, entitled Ecce Homo and built on an Umbrian laude from 13th/14th century, enriched by an extraordinary musical score by Master Davide Remigio. In 2000, at the Teatro Piccolo Eliseo in Rome, a dramaturgical construction was performed on the sofoclean tragedy of Oedipus and Jocasta entitled Son of a Widowed Mother, in which he dealt with both stage direction and scriptwriting.

In June 2003 he wrote and directed Lapilli – Voices and sounds from the island, featuring Leo Gullotta as well as Al Qantarah musical ensemble. Yet in 2003, he collaborated as an assistant director for the Italian stage of the musical Fame produced by the “Artistica” company of Pavia.

In the summer of 2004, he took care of Giuseppe Manfridi’s theatrical performance Before the War, creating the multimedia project which saw its debut in the archaeological site of the Trajan’s Markets museum.

His next theatrical work is Gender Gangup Here, a new play inspired by H. Ibsen’s Ghosts, which carries to the eighties the same hypocrisy of the beginning of the century, read with an eye to modern society. This text has been read in the 2007/08 season of Artisti Riuniti under the auspices of the Teatro Eliseo.

In the autumn of 2004 he directed the performance on C. E. Gadda’s literary work, starring on stage Leo Gullotta and Master Luis Bacalov.

In the 2005/2006 season, Fabio directed Man, Beast and Virtue by Luigi Pirandello, a play produced by Teatro Eliseo, with Leo Gullotta coming back to the stage of prose. The show collected successes, arriving at replica number 222 after three seasons of performances with an attendance of about 98,000 spectators.

In the 2008 season of the Globe Theater in Rome, Villa Borghese, under the artistic direction of Gigi Proietti, he directed W. Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.

Fabio also directed The Pleasure of Honesty by Luigi Pirandello, the opening show of the 2008/2009 season at Teatro Eliseo, starring Leo Gullotta. In the 2009/2010 season, the show is on tour throughout Italy with great success.

The show he wrote and directed in the summer of 2009, Reading Sicily, was a great success. It’s a journey into Sicilian literature, featuring Leo Gullotta and an ensemble of three acclaimed accordion masters. A prism that, through the pages of Great Sicilians, reflects human and social faces.

In March 2010 on Eliseo Ragazzi’s stage he debuted, directed and wrote Papageno and the Magic Flute, a free reading of The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart.

In the summer of 2010 he directed W. Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, a co-production of Nuova Teatro Eliseo and Veronese Shakespearian Festival, starring Leo Gullotta as Falstaff.

After years of great success across Italian theaters with The Merry Wives of Windsor, he started a collaboration with the Teatro Stabile in Catania, where he opens the 2012/2013 season directing W. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starring Leo Gullotta. The play was on the stage of the Eliseo Theater in Rome from 5 to 24 February 2013.

In the 2013/2014 season he staged Before Silence (Prima del silenzio) by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, produced by Nuova Teatro Eliseo, which inaugurates the season at the famous Roman stage, and The Riddle of Love, a monographic play in memory of Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, which he directed and wrote together with Saverio Aversa.

In the documentary A dream in Sicily, which he created and directed, Fabio investigated, through four young actors’ first important experience, the artistic and occupational situation of young people.

In 2014, he participated in Sebastiano Riso’s film, which was at Cannes Film Festival in the Semaine de la Critique section, Darker Than Midnight (Più buio di mezzanotte), where Fabio played a role that vibrates with sensitivity and emotion.

In the 2014/2015 season, he staged the story of Calogero Montante, on Gaetano Savatteri’s text, in a show produced by the Teatro Stabile in Catania and entitled La volata di Calò. It was a great public and critical success.

In the 2015/2016 season, starring Leo Gullotta, Fabio directed Blithe Spirit by Nöel Coward, which was deeply appreciated and staged again in 2016/2017 season.

In November 2017 he proposed the play by Claire van Campen, unpublished in Italy, Farinelli and the King, translated by Monica Capuani, in the form of reading concert. The event, produced by Teatro Stabile in Catania, was held at the Bellini Salon in Palazzo degli Elefanti, headquarters of the Municipality of Catania. Leo Gullotta leads in the role of the King, together with former students of the Umberto Spadaro school of Teatro Stabile in Catania and an ensemble of musicians, students of the Vincenzo Bellini Music Institute in Catania.