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Giovanni Morassutti
Giovanni Morassutti
(Giovanni Enrico Morassutti)


  • Italian actor, theatre director, writer, artist and cultural entrepreneur
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Education

Giovanni began to study acting at the age of 15 during a workshop with Susan Strasberg. At 18 years old he moved to New York City to become a professional actor. During his first year in the city he was an intern at the Actors studio and eventually he became a student of Salem Ludwig. He attended the HB studio HB studio in Greenwich Village studying acting and directing. At age 21 he moved back to Europe where he lived between Paris and Rome. He went back to New York at the end of year 2001 where he met John Strasberg, son of Lee Strasberg with whom he has been studying and collaborating as a coordinator for his workshops in Italy and lately also in Berlin. In 2004 Morassutti returned to Italy where he was admitted at the National Film School in Rome directed by actor Giancarlo Giannini .

Career

During his early years Giovanni worked as an actor in off-broadway theatre productions working with La Mama e.t.c. as well as in student films in Rome , Paris and New York. In 2004 he was cast in movie Last Days directed by famous director Gus Van Sant . After graduating from the Experimental Centre of Cinematography he was cast in several roles in theatre, film and television working with Fabio Jephcott, Roberto Faenza, Cinzia Th Torrini, Andrea Manni, Stefano Usardi, Matteo Corazza, Lydia Biondi, Harris Freedman, Riccardo Milani among others. Parallel to his work as an actor he has also started to teach several workshops of acting in English. Giovanni Morassutti is also a theatre director. He has been assisting several directors including Harris Freedman and Marco Calvani and in 2012 he has been directing Sola in casa (Alone at home) by Dino Buzzati starring Lydia Biondi that has been presented at the Cherry Lane Theatre of New York. He also directed the production of Madre sin Panuelo sponsored by the Argentinian Embassy and written by Jorge Palant. The play was presented in Rome and Milan in the fall of 2015. In 2016 he went back to film acting and in Berlin he was cast among other projects in "For the time being"directed by Daniela Lucato that was presented at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Giovanni Morassutti is also the artistic director of Art Aia - Creatives / In / Residence which is an international art residency where he invited to work international teaching artists like John Strasberg and Italo-Palestinian artist Mustafa Sabbagh in 2014. He also hosted several artist collectives supporting them in the development of their work with exhibitions and open studios. In 2016 Giovanni Morassutti founded in Berlin the project space Art Aia - La Dolce Berlin, sharing many crossovers with the Italian headquarters, including a facilitation of cultural activities and an interest in cultural research and artistic experimentation. In 2016 he wrote the preface of the Italian version of John Strasberg´s book Accidentally on purpose and he is currently working on the post-production of his first documentary film Personal Dream Space based on the work of the realistic school of acting. As a visual artist he has been working on a collection based on pairing wine with contemporary art as well as on a series of works based on his family of origin .In his art practice he combines action painting, collages and found materials especially photo portraits and plastic fake Eyes .

He is influenced by the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Jackson Pollock, among others.

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 Family Tree Preview

                                                                             _____|16_Paolo Morassutti 1844-1908
                                                   _____|8_Federico Morassutti 1876-1954
                                                  /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|17_Antonietta Zamperini 1854-1922
                         _____|4_Giovanni Morassutti 1912-1997
                        /                        \
                       /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|9_Gianna Lucchetti ca 1880-ca 1960
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|2_Benedetto Morassutti 1947
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|                     \                           _____|10_Andrea de Besi, Count 1885-ca 1955
|                      \                         /
|                       ¯¯¯¯¯|5_Maria de Besi, Countess 1921-2017
|                                                \
|                                                 ¯¯¯¯¯|11_Buzzaccarini Emilia, Marquise 1885-ca 1960
|--1_Giovanni Morassutti
|                       _____|6_Eric Piwko 1912-1987
|                     /
|3_Sabine Piwko 1949
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                         ¯¯¯¯¯|7_Ilse Schlichting, Countess 1919-2009


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