robert bonotto, actor        former member, Actors' Equity


As an actor I have appeared in over four dozen productions in the last twenty years, playing leading roles in most of them.

Among many highlights are:
*          One of the leads in the recently acclaimed Nora production of Terry Johnson's "Hysteria" at the Central Square Theatre (January 2011). 
*        The role of Tony Blair in the New England Premiere of David Hare's Stuff Happens at the Boston Center for the Arts. (both held over, and nominated for both the IRNE and the Elliot Norton awards. We won the Norton award, May 2007.)
*        The New England Premiere of Peter Brook's and Oliver
Sachs' The Man Who (Mistook His Wife for a Hat), Nora Theatre, May 2006.
*        Played Edgar Degas in the world premiere of Van Gogh in Japan (Addison Award, Best Supporting Actor); also painted in oils the 13 Van Goghs used in the show.
*          The lead in the acclaimed Boston premiere of "The Gigli Concert" by the Sugan Theatre; the production was successful enough to be repeated the next year.
*        Played Dr. Hamilton (a leading role) in the upcoming movie
Sunshine Away
(Baker Street Productions). For a link of the movie, please go here to see a clip from Part Two -- Part One has its link on that page. I appear in the last third of both segments.
*          The role (a principal one) of Alexander Graham Bell in the special "Forensics in the White House", broadcast by The Discovery Channel in October, 2002 and repeated twice.  I'm also one of the leads in a Discovery Channel Special on the strange circumstances surrounding Mozart's death.                                                                                                             
*          A pilot for NBC.
*          Film and print work; voiceovers.
*          The creation of an evening-long lecture & performance piece, "Shaw vs. Shakespeare".
*        Wrote the play "Victorian Ladies," premiered at the 2007 Boston Theatre Marathon, May 2007 (click title to read play).

Other interesting roles and plays:
"The Foreigner"                                                  Title role --Two Productions
"Another Part of the Forest"                         Ben
                                                               (nominated Best Actor, Independent Reviewers of New England)
Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days"                 Willie (Sugan Theatre)
"The Cherry Orchard"                              (as The Tramp - Huntington Theatre)
"The 36 Dramatic Situations"                     15 roles --presented by the Kozo Theatre of NY
"Blithe Spirit"                                                      Charles (three productions)
"The Bay at Nice"                                              Voted Best Small Theatre Production of 1997 by The Boston Globe.

For Casting Agents:   I am a (North) Italian-American, 45 years old, average height and weight.  (5'9", 165 lbs.) I can be reached at or ; I live in the Boston area. Thanks for reading!
Quotes from reviews: for The Man Who:

"...a fascinating look at the human brain and how the spirit reacts to impairments such as aphasia, autism, and visual agnosiathe production, directed by Wesley Savick with four excellent actors, is mostly first-rate. (...) Actors Steven Barkhimer, Robert Bonotto, Owen Doyle, and Jim Spencer play the patients with remarkable empathy, making clear how they deal with their spasms and displacements. Some are philosophical in coping with their problems, others are frustrated and angry." 
                                                    -- Ed Siegel, Boston Globe.

"The Man Who comprises 80 minutes of fascinating, terrifying stage time that leaves you wondering whether majority perception is necessarily correct perception and admiring those who soldier bravely in the minority camp. Contributing to the eye- and mind-opening experience are the sensitive, sometimes heartbreaking, but never "crazy" performances of Steven Barkhimer, Robert Bonotto, Owen Doyle, and Jim Spencer."                                                                                     ---Carolyn Clay, Boston Phoenix.

"Robert Bonotto bears little resemblance to Tony Blair, but is believable as the British Prime Minister locked in a domestic battle to convince the public and politicians as to the necessity of war."
                                                    --Robert Nesti, EDGEBoston

"Neither Harold Withee as George W. Bush nor Robert Bonotto as Tony Blair really resembles his respective role, but together both provide a convincing contrast.  Bonotto is particularly arresting as a prime minister seemingly sincere about social action for needy African countries but pressured continually to display unswerving loyalty to his American ally."                                  --Jules Becker, Jewish Advocate.
for Van Gogh In Japan:
"As fine as they all are, Robert Bonotto tops them all as Degas; his one scene with Vincent, where they play his peculiar version of Truth or Dare, is the show's (early) highlight with its dazzling word- and gun play as these two titanic egos --- one, bruising; the other, already bruised --- bounce off each other."
                                            --Carl Rossi, Theatre Mirror.