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Gregory Cioffi  

Greg (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) is a professional actor, director, and published writer. Born and raised in New York, he received his Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Science in English Education with a concentration in English Writing and was further awarded the Writing Across the Curriculum Award in recognition of writing intensive studies. He then earned his Master of Arts in Theatre Acting from Long Island University where he came to the revelation that being an artist was something he simply needed to do for the rest of his life to be truly happy.

 

 

The Actor

As a professional actor, Greg recently portrayed notorious gangster Tommy Lucchese in AMC's mini-series The Making of the Mob. He will (hopefully!) be seen in Martin Scorsese's upcoming film, The Irishman. Greg continuously plays Tony in various national and international tours of Tony n Tina's Wedding as well. He was most recently seen on stage in Trefftpunkt as a part of the 2017 Strawberry One-Act Festival where he won a Best Actor award. He has been seen on stage as Antonio Garcia in Adrift: Hoes on the High Seas and before that he portrayed Laertes in Hamlet, for which he was nominated for Best Actor for the 2013 BroadwayWorld Long Island Awards. Other recent New York theatre acting credits include Romeo and Juliet, Restoration, Satire Off-Broadway, Dog Sees God, Sure Thing, Cul-de-Sac, The Interim, and Billy Witch. He has starred in award-nominated short films such as Silenced and The Interview and films he has acted in have been screened at numerous festivals around the country. He has appeared on numerous cable television shows/mini series' including: Inside the American Mob, Blood Feuds, Monsters Inside Me, Greatest Mysteries: Vatican, and the Ice-T produced pilot Taking East New York.  He is a proud graduate of LIU Post's graduate theatre program where he was trained in the Suzuki Method along with Viewpoints while also studying more traditional trainings such as Stanislavsky, Meisner, Voice and Speech, Greek/Shakespeare work, and Stage Combat. 

The Writer:

As a writer, his short stories The Catacombs of Truth, Sleeper, Plot, A Peep at London Life, The Irregularity and Cuisine Aquatic have all been published by Feral Press and subsequently archived at Yale Univeristy’s Beinecke Collection (Rare Books and Manuscript Library), while Faceless, The Extras, and Dark Circles have been published by Blood Moon Rising Literary Magazine. His Science Fiction short stories Lineage and LegacySacrificial Lambs, Positronic Programs; OR The Joys of Parenthood, and A Message From the Last Generation of Man have all been featured in Aphelion, an online literary magazine focusing on science fiction and fantasy. His first crime fiction story, The Wrath of a Writer Wronged, was published by Mystery Weekly MagazineHis parable Allegory of the Bubble is due for publication in Allegory Ridge Magazine later this year. Two of his poems (Love Verboten, and The Interlocking) were published as a part of a poetry anthology entitled Paumanok Interwoven. His original play The Letter was chosen and produced as part of the 2010 Long Island Fringe Festival and his next play, The Interim was selected to the 2011 New York City International Fringe Festival, the largest theatre festival in North America. 

Other original plays that have been produced include Cul-de- Sac, Ménage a Twat (which won Most Popular Production at the Midtown International Theatre Festival), Death by Peanut Butter (Producers Club, NYC) and Qualia: Origins of the Undead, which ran for three seasons on Long Island.

His screenwriting credits include The Interview (Nominated Best Comedy Short: Central Florida Film Festival), Evening Class, Silenced, Sex in Literature, To Wonder If…, and The Museum of Lost Things. These films have had numerous official selections at various film festivals such as: The Friar’s Club Film Festival, The Long Island International Film Expo, The Big Apple at Tribeca Film Festival, and the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival.

The Director:

Greg is especially proud of Capture, a play he directed for the 2016 Venus/Adonis Festival, which received very positive reviews and theatrically pushed the boundaries of storytelling. The play and its original crew performed the piece once again at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT in 2017. 

Greg directed Cold Porridge, a satire on all things murder mystery, as a part of the 2018 NY Winterfest Theatre Festival. It was highly successful and received shocking gasps of hilarious horror...in all the right places. 

He has also directed theatrical pieces such as The Letter (2010 L.I. Fringe), Copse (assistant director, Midwinter Madness), Death by Peanut Butter (Love Creek Productions), Ménage a Twat (Won Most Popular Production – Midtown International Short Play Festival), Ruptured and The Locals (Manhattan Rep).

Greg made his cinematic directorial debut as well with the short film The Museum of Lost Things. Although still on the festival circuit, the film has already won Best Story at the Long Island International Theatre Expo and Best Supporting Actor at the Madrid International Film Festival.

The Educator: 

Greg holds two collegial degrees in education. He currently teaches the "Explore the World of Acting" course at Nassau Community College and is also the permanent substitute instructor for Susan Campanaro's Improv class at Susan Batson  Studios. Greg has a keen interest in combining his education background with his theatre experiences; the first foray into this world occurred at the 10th semi-annual Conference of Elementary-Secondary Teaching & Learning (CESTL) where Greg gave a lecture entitled "Acting'" Like a Teacher. This topic is continually explored as Greg frequently visits Pace University to teach a workshop to education students with Doctor Joan Walker. While a graduate student, Greg also had the honor of being the teaching assistant to Dave Hugo, the professor of the freshman acting class at LIU Post, during his graduate studies. 

He has most recently been granted the Hemera Contemplative Fellowship for Artists and will soon be off to Zen Mountain Monastery to study Zen Art and expand his knowledge and perspective regarding his craft. 

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