Giovanni Morassutti

Giovanni Morassutti (born March 15, 1980 in Padua) is an Italian actor[1], theatre director[2] and cultural entrepreneur.[3]He is a graduate of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and long time student and collaborator of John Strasberg[4]. Since 2001 he has appeared in more than 20 films[5] including indipendent films[6], prime time tv[7][8] and international films[9]. As a stage actor and director he has worked in plays presented in theaters like the Cherry Lane[10], the Gene Frankel Theatre[11] and La MaMa[12] among others.

Giovanni Morassutti
Born (1980-03-15) March 15, 1980
EducationCentro Sperimentale di Cinematografia , John Strasberg studios , HB Studio
OccupationActor, Theatre director and Cultural entrepreneur
Years active2001-present
OrganizationArt Aia-La Dolce Berlin, Art Aia-Creatives/ In/ Residence

Life and career

Son of a German mother and Italian father[13] he began to study acting and directing in his hometown when he was a teenager during a workshop with Susan Strasberg. At 18 years old he moved[14] to New York City to study in deep the work of the realistic school of acting. First he started as an intern at the Actors Studio[15], auditing and observing the sessions for one year and eventually becoming a student of Salem Ludwig at the HB studio. In 2001 he met John Strasberg, son of Lee Strasberg, with whom he has been studying and collaborating as a coordinator for his workshops[16] in Italy and lately also in Berlin. He wrote the preface[17] of the Italian version[18] of Strasberg´s book Accidentally on purpose[19] published by Dino Audino in 2016. While living and studying in America,[20] Giovanni worked as an actor[21] in several productions[22] directed by Ellen Stewart, founder of La Mama e.t.c., Ted Mornel,[23] Kathleen M. Wilce,[24] and Gus Van Sant. In 2004 he returned to Italy where, after graduating from the National Film School in Rome directed by actor Giancarlo Giannini, he was cast[25] in several roles in theatre, film,[26] and television.[27] As a Theatre director he has been directing Sola in casa[28] (Alone at home) by Dino Buzzati starring Lydia Biondi and presented at[29] the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2012 and Madre sin Panuelo[30] by Jorge Palant sponsored by the Argentian Embassy and presented in Rome and Milan in the fall of 2015. In 2016 he moved to Berlin where he was cast in For the time being[31] directed by Daniela Lucato that was presented at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Cultural entrepreneurship

Giovanni Morassutti is also the founder[32] and artistic director of Art Aia - Creatives / In / Residence which is an international art residency[33] promoting artistic production and research that focuses on the development of the creative process and facilitates cultural exchange across borders. In the past few years he invited to work at the residency international teaching artists like John Strasberg and Italo-Palestinian artist Mustafa Sabbagh who thought a photography masterclass[34] in 2014. He also hosted several artist collectives like Marsala 11[35] and the Institut für Alles Mögliche of Berlin[36] among others supporting them in the development of their work with exhibitions and open studios. In 2016 Giovanni Morassutti founded in Berlin, Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin, which is a project space that shares many crossovers with the Italian headquarters including a facilitation of cultural activities and an interest in cultural research and artistic experimentation. Several artists and artist collectives have been hosted in the Berlin affiliation space including Wyatt Mills[37] (USA), Roger Thorp[38] (UK) and Kaoru Shibuta[39] (JPN).




  • Il Fuggiasco (The fugitive), directed by Andrea Manni (2003)
  • Last Days [40](2005 film), directed by Gus Van Sant (2005)
  • Ma che ci faccio qui! (What the Hell Am I Doing Here?), directed by Francesco Amato (2006)
  • I Viceré (The Viceroys), directed by Roberto Faenza (2007)
  • Delitto e Castigo[41], directed by Franco Giraldi (2007)
  • Diavoli nella polvere[42], directed by Censir (2009)
  • Blanco Armiño[43], directed by Sara Arango Ochoa (2010)
  • Ventisette: Farsi guardare può essere appagante,[44] directed by Stefano Usardi (2011)
  • Gli Occhiali (Glasses[45]), episode of P.O.E. Poetry of Eerie, directed by Matteo Corazza (2012)
  • Leoni (A Holy Venetian Family), directed by di Pietro Parolin (2015)
  • Il mio giorno (My day), directed by Stefano Usardi (2015)
  • Amidgala[46], directed by Vito Pagano (2015)
  • Trittico[47], directed by Jacopo Gualtieri (2015)
  • Luigo, directed by Stefano Usardi (2017)
  • For the time being,[48] directed by Daniela Lucato (2017)
  • The Audience,[49] directed by Tasya Martin (2017)
  • Dimmi chi sono[50] (Tell me who I am), directed by Luca Caserta (2018)
  • Affitasi vita[51], directed by Stefano Usardi (2019)


  • Un papà quasi perfetto directed by Maurizio dell´Orso (2003)
  • Il maresciallo Rocca e l'amico d'infanzia, directed by Fabio Jephcott (2008)
  • La certosa di Parma directed by Cinzia Th Torrini (2012)
  • Di padre in figlia (From Father to Daughter), directed by Riccardo Milani (2017)



  • I creditori,[52] directed by F.Olivetti (2001)
  • Marrie Stecchino, directed by K.M.Wilce (2001)
  • Frammenti dall´Eneide, directed by Ellen Stewart (2001)
  • Antigone, directed by Ellen Stewart (2003)
  • Richard III,[53] directed by Ted Mornel (2003)
  • Cinque donne con lo stesso vestito[54] (Five women with the same dress) directed by E.Pippo (2003)
  • Diana Cantelma[55], directed by Ellen Stewart (2002)
  • Storie di ordinaria follia, directed by J.D.Puerta Lopez (2006)
  • Il ragazzo con l´albergo, directed by D.Warren (2007)
  • Io, Clarence,[56] directed by Adelmo Togliani (2008)
  • Copenhagen,[57] directed by M. Dal Collo (2009)
  • Talk to me like the rain and let me listen[58], directed by L.Vinciguerra (2009)
  • Railroad,[59] directed by Bryan Reynolds (2010)
  • The Queen of Hearts[60] directed by Andrea Paciotto (2014)
  • Anna Politkocskaja, In Memoriam, directed by Salvino Raco[61] (2014)

Assistant director


  • Sola in casa,[65] written by Dino Buzzati (2012)
  • Madre sin panuelo,[66] written by Jorge Palant (2015)

Cultural events and workshops organized

  • International residential workshop[67] with John Strasberg (1st and 2nd edition). Art Aia-Creatives / In / Residence, Sesto al Reghena (PN), Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, 2013,2014.
  • Mappe fluide by art collective Marsala 11[68]. Art Aia-Creatives / In / Residence, Sesto al Reghena (PN), Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, 2014.
  • La MaMa Umbria: Acting for the Camera. [69]La MaMa Umbria International, Spoleto PG, Italy, 2015.
  • Passerby -/- Wyatt Mills.Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin[70], Berlin, Germany,2016.
  • Substance of Painting- Peter Cvik[71].Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2016.
  • Dreams and reality- Photography by Charmaine de Eij Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin[72], Berlin, Germany, 2016.
  • Ruinenlust - Emilia Lloret. Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin[73], Berlin, Germany, 2016.
  • Berlin art exchange (program 1) Carlo De Meo, Matteo Giuntini, Chloe Smith. Institut für Alles Mögliche of Berlin[74].Wedding, Berlin, Germany, 2016.
  • Berlin acting Masterclass by John Strasberg (1st and 2nd edition) Tatwerk[75] & SomoS[76], Neukölln Berlin, Germany. 2016,2017.
  • Fountain road by Roger Thorp[77]. Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2017.
  • A meteorological report Performance by Elsa Mencagli. Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2017.
  • Invisible Cities. Solo Show by Annelisa Leinbach[78]. Art Aia[79]-La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2017.
  • Berlin art exchange (program 2)[80] Institut für Alles Mögliche of Berlin. Art Aia-Creatives / In / Residence, Sesto al Reghena (PN), Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, 2017.
  • Philipp Sonntag paintings[81]. Art Aia -La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2017.
  • Jeunnehomme – pop up mozart Paintings by Kaoru Shibuta[82]. Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2018.
  • Shadow people Works by Magdalena Piech and Ted Titus[83]. Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2018.
  • Improvise Collecting of Landscape - paintings by Chung[84]. Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2018.
  • E as R. A motion-tracking sound and visual piece by Morgan Jenks[85]. Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2018.
  • James Devlin - Paintings[86]. Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2018.
  • Pop up exhibition with mixed media & collages of Sarah Wölker.[87] Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2018.
  • Connected by a Thread. Arts Territory Exchange Residency in Sustainable Practice[88]. Art Aia-Creatives / In / Residence, Sesto al Reghena (PN), Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, 2018.
  • Invisible endings are beginnings by Marie Bluestocking[89]. Art Aia-La Dolce Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2019.
  • Miracle Pictures -Paul Wesenberg[90]. Museo di arte sacra conteporanea[91]. Art Aia-Creatives / In / Residence, Sesto al Reghena (PN), Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, 2019.
  • Selection of Final Participating Artists in 8th and 9th Episode of URONTO Residential Art Exchange Program[92], Guest Curator[93], Dubolhati Palace in Naogaon District in Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh, 2019.


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