Emelise Aleandri Biography ((?)-)
Full name, Emelise Francesca Aleandri; born in Riva del Garda, Italy; daughter of John Baptista (a mail carrier) and Elodia Vladimira (a teacher; maiden name, Lutterotti) Aleandri. Addresses: Office: Center for Italian-American Studies, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY 11210.
- Director, teacher, dancer, choreographer, writer, producer, actress
- Stage Director
- Directed Not Every Thief Will Bring You Grief, off-Broadway production; Discovering Bodies, New York Theatre Ensemble; Schizzo Hey Ride, Stage 73, NY; Applejuice, Joseph Jefferson Theatre Company; Duo, Forum; Peanuts (children's play), Boerum Hill Children's Theatre workshop; Doctor's Duty, Brooklyn College; Superman, Bennington College; The Marriage Proposal, College of New Rochelle; Willpower, New York City Community College; The New Americans, St. Patrick's Theatre, NY.
- Stage Work
- Also worked as assistant to producers, As You Like It, Broadway production; assistant director, Onward Victoria, Broadway production; assistant director, Peep, South Street, NY; assistant director, Winning Hearts and Minds, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre. Choreographer (Middle Eastern dance): The Birds, Drama Committee Repertory,NY; Schizzo Hey Ride, Stage 73, NY.
- Stage Appearances
- Molly, Queen of the Hoboes, Hobo Christmas, American Theatre of Actors, New York City, 2000
- Appeared as Italian model, 96A, Eccentric Circles Theatre; Princess, The Bandit Princess, staged reading, Kikue Tashiro; Good Deeds, Everyman, Galaxy Theatre Company; Maria Antonia, Mon ami Angelique, Provincetown Playhouse; Opal Jewel, Power, People's Performing Company; Tillie, Sweatshop, ATA, New York City; Aunt Mary Masiello, Italian Funerals and Other Festive Occasions, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA; Antonietta, Festa Primavera, LaMaMa Etc., New York City; Good Christmas Witch, La befana, New York City and U.S. cities; Suzie Merluzzi, Perfidia, New York City and U.S. cities; dancer and singer, Carnevale, New York City and U.S. cities; dancer, Salute to King Tut, Central Park Bandshell, NY; dancer, Lincoln Center Gestical, Damrosch Park, NY; dancer, Gateway Showcase `80, Gateway Community Restoration; dancer, George White Ensemble, Marymount Manhattan; in FestiveOccasions; Winning Hearts and Minds, New York Shakespeare Festival; Show Biz Applauds Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City;La vita, Danny's Skylight Room; The Gondoliers.
- Film Appearances
- Florence, Crooklyn, 1994
- Angela Patera, West New York (also known as Paperblood), 1996
- Italian woman at murder site, Summer of Sam, Buena Vista, 1999
- Also appeared in All That Jazz; Raging Bull; The World According to Garp; King of the Gypsies; The Night of the Juggler; King Kong; Defiance; Willy and Phil; Out to Lunch; This Is Videx; Snooze; Searching for Paradise; The Yards; The Frequency; Mickey Blue Eyes; Isn't SheGreat; 1967; Sleepers; Godfather III; My New Gun; Age of Innocence; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Hejdran; Cookie; Married to the Mob; Jerky Boys; Moonstruck; Jumping Jack Flash; Car 54; Turk 182; Fort Apache-the Bronx; John and Yoko; Danger Adrift; RegardingHenry; and Rooftops.
- Television Appearances
- Host, Italics Magazine Show, CUNY-TV (New York City), 1987-1997
- Also appeared as Italian nurse/nun, Loving, ABC; lead, Pirate TV Comedy Show, MTV.
- Elenora Duse, Of Penguins and Peacocks, 2000
- Appeared in episodes of Nurse, CBS; Eischeid, NBC; All My Children, ABC; The Sopranos, HBO; Our Family Honor; One Life to Live, ABC; Guiding Light, CBS; Internal Affairs;Tattingers; Eischeid; Donohue; Another World; Equalizer; Mathnet; Law & Order, NBC; Law & Order: Specials Victims Unit, NBC; America's Most Wanted.
- Television Work
- Producer, Italics Magazine Show, CUNY-TV (New York City), 1987-1997
- Director and producer, Teatro: The Legacy of Italian-American Theatre (video documentary), 1995
- Director and producer, Festa: Italian Festival Traditions, CUNY-TV, 1997
- Stage Plays
- Wrote The Legend of La befana; also translated various plays fromItalian to English.
- The Italian-American Immigrant Theatre of New York City, Arcadia Publishing, 1999
- Also contributed articles on theatre to journals.
- Emelise Aleandri Web Site, http://www.frizzilazzi.com, March 28, 2002