Résumé

SAG-AFTRA/AEA

  • 5’5”, 132 lbs.

  • Skilled Physical Actor

 

+ Film

SEVERANCE
Shoe Repair Man
SVA, NYC

LIFE AT TAIZÉ (Documentary Short)
Voiceover (English)
Monastic Community of Taizé, France

HIGHLANDER
Featured
Highlander

BREWSTER’S MILLIONS
Featured
Universal

EASY MONEY
Featured
Adams Apple

BIP AROUND THE WORLD (with Marcel Marceau)
Guest Star
TV-France

POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE
Featured
MGM/UA

THE LAST FIGHT
Featured
PorBoy

+ Television

CLERKS (Pilot)
Guest Star
Disney

SAVED BY THE BELL
Guest Star
NBC

THOSE FABULOUS CLOWNS
Guest Star
HBO

TWO TIMES TWELVE
Guest Star
WHYY-TV (PBS)

RUNNING OUT
Featured
CBS

+ Theatre

APOCALYPSE MAN
Solo (Creator/Choreographer)
Italy, France, USA

THE PLANETS (GUSTAV HOLST)
Saturn, Bringer of Old Age
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Lake Como, Italy 2017

STRAVINSKY’S TALE OF THE SOLDIER
Soldier (Lead)
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Lake Como, Italy 2016

HAM AND EGGS
Dempsey (Lead)
In Vino Productions, NYC

MINOR DEMONS
Frank Simmonds
Alliance Rep, LA

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
Joe
Alliance Rep, LA

HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES
Man in White
Alliance Rep, LA

MEN IN WAITING
Junior
NYC; Tamarind Theatre, LA

LA BOUTIQUE FANTASQUE
Lead
Carnegie Hall

TALES OF THE GOAT-MAN
Lead
Lincoln Center

HIM/HER/US: 2 People Trying to Live Together
Lead (Creator/Writer)
Lincoln Center

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
Guildenstern Double
Loeb

I NEVER TOLD ANYBODY
Captain Sullivan
NY Region

SHAKESPEARE’S PERICLES
Multiple Roles
NYC

THE FANTASTICKS
Indian
Mayfair DT, Phl

THE DRIVE
Rider (Creator/Writer)
Phl Region

New York Pantomime Theatre
Ensemble Member – 21 Seasons
NYC, Tour

Alliance Repertory Company
Ensemble Member – 3 Seaons
Los Angeles

+ Radio

RAI Radio 3 – Piazza Verde (Italian)
Guest
Milan, Italy

WEVD-AM-FM (Multi-Lingual)
Host / Announcer / Program Director
NYC

+ Comedy

  • Saturday Night Live
  • Lincoln Center
  • Don’t Tell Mama
  • The Comic Strip
  • The Duplex
  • The Silver Lining
  • Catch a Rising Star
  • Cabaret Americain
  • Dangerfield’s
  • Joe Franklin Show
  • Joey Adams Show
  • Concord Hotel
  • Smithsonian Institution

+ Creative

Gustav Holst’s The Planets
Director / Writer / Choreographer
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Lake Como, Italy, 2017

Stravinsky’s Tale of the Soldier
Director / Writer / Choreographer
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Lake Como, Italy, 2016

Prequel – Stravinsky’s Tale of the Soldier
Director / Writer / Choreographer
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Lake Como, Italy, 2016

Concert for the Trees
Director / Writer / Choreographer
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy, 2015

Meditation on Electronic Culture
Director / Writer / Choreographer
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Lake Como, Italy, 2014

La Meccanica del Ruscello / Hozho
Director / Writer / Choreographer
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Lake Como, Italy 2013

The Train of Life
Director / Writer / Choreographer
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Lake Como, Italy 2012

The Little Prince - A Mime-Opera
Director / Writer / Choreographer
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Lake Como, Italy 2011

The Journey (Il Viaggio)
Director / Writer / Choreographer
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Lake Como, Italy 2010

Carnival of the Animals
Director / Writer / Choreographer
Festival Musica sull’Acqua, Lake Como, Italy 2009

Movement for Actors
Guest Artist
National Theatre Institute/Eugene O’Neil Theater Center

Movement for Actors
Guest Artist
Fordham University Lincoln Center Theatre Program

Cop Shop (A&E)
Law Enforcement Researcher (Pre-Production)
David Black, Producer

NYPD Video Production Unit
Executive Producer / Director / Writer
3,000 programs for 6 police commissioners

+ Awards

Telly Award
1st Place (Producer/Director)
Operation Gun Stop – NYPD

Law Enforcement Video Association International Festival
1st Place (Producer/Director)
Life Line / Keys to the City / Underground, Under Control – NYC Transit Police Department

+ Training

La Salle University, Philadelphia
Psychology / Theatre Arts (cum laude)

University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Faculté des Lettres / Arts

  • Acting: Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg Institute, HB Studio
  • Mime: Moni & Mina Yakim; HB Studio
  • Film: Philadelphia Art Museum
  • Commercials: Fran Carlon

+ Special Skills

Mime, Agile Hands, Highly Mobile Face, Clown (white face / tramp), Boxer, Gourmet Cook, Racewalker, Fitness

Languages: Fluent in Italian and French, Some German and Spanish

 
 
Biography
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Tony Lopresti in Three Acts

 Tony speaks volumes. Sometimes he uses words. An international artist based in New York City, Tony is an accomplished mime in the classical tradition of Marcel Marceau and of Moni and Mina Yakim. But he does speak – as an actor, choreographer, teacher and writer and as an award-winning director and producer.

 Act I

After spending time as a student in Switzerland and as a therapist with children and families in Boston, Tony came to New York as program director and operations manager at WEVD-AM-FM – The Station that Speaks Your Language! One of the country’s youngest broadcast executives, he oversaw programs in 17 languages, developing new programming and offering producers new opportunities to modernize and expand their shows - and to adapt to a new technology called “computers”. On-air, New Yorkers could hear his voice saying, This is a test. This is only a test…

After that polyglot world, Tony turned to silence. Following an apprenticeship, he became a principal performer in Moni and Mina Yakim’s New York Pantomime Theatre. With the company, he was a guest star with Marcel Marceau in Bip Around the World, toured abroad, performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and appeared in an HBO special. Then the bottom fell out of the mime world.

 Act II

While continuing to perform in films and TV commercials Tony kept writing, developing ads for American Express and other corporate clients. One was New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority where he wrote ads and signage for the subways. He was asked to help produce a series of videos for the in-coming chief of the Transit Police Department, William Bratton. He worked with the Department’s Video Unit (whose sergeant, James O’Neill, is now NYPD Commissioner) to produce a modern, quick-paced video about Chief Bratton’s plans to help the more than 5,000 people who lived in the subway tunnels. Chief Bratton and the subway cops liked the video, which effectively communicated the new strategy. Chief Bratton invited Tony to produce more videos. That led to a five-year consultancy with Chief Bratton at the Transit Police, and then with the Boston Police Department when Bratton became the Police Commissioner there. When Bratton returned to New York as Police Commissioner, he invited Tony to join the team. Thinking it would be fun for a year or two, Tony accepted and became the NYPD’s Director of Video Production where he supervised a team of police officers and detectives who were also accomplished video producers. The two years stretched to twenty-two. He produced about 3,500 training, motivational and informational videos, including the iconic NYPD logo video Heroes narrated by James Earl Jones. But during all his law enforcement years, Tony never stopped performing, including a stint as a member of the Alliance Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles and in local clubs and cabarets introducing “sketch comedy”.

 Act III

Tony remains a storyteller – acting and writing – with words or without. When developing a mime production or a physical theatre piece, Tony has said that he writes not with pen and paper but with the bodies of others. And with his own.

Since 2009 he has reprised, on the shores of Lake Como in Italy, the mime and physical theatre experiences he began with Moni and Mina Yakim at the New York Pantomime Theatre. He is the Mime Director for the Festival Musica sull'Acqua (Music Festival on the Water) where he has conceived, directed, choreographed and performed in full-length classical mime productions – with up to 30 performers – to accompany Festival orchestras.

His collaboration with Festival Artistic Director, violinist Francesco Senese, has led to the founding of MuMoMusement, a new artistic language fusing classical music and classical movement into an exciting and modern expression that crosses all language and culture barriers. Those include Apocalypse Man, Tony’s original silent theatre production which he performs with Francesco playing Belá Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin

In 2018, Tony was invited to Dakar, Senegal, where he developed the mime / music performance Get Up! Take Care of Your Planet!, an ensemble production highlighting the country’s profound environmental challenges.

A graduate of La Salle University in his hometown of Philadelphia, Tony spent a year at the international bi-lingual University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He lives in Manhattan with his wife. Their two children are pursuing acting and writing careers in New York City.