• Learn About Our Actor!

    Learn all about Bob Spiotto, creative/artistic/management professional, who will be performing his one-man performance of But When We Started Singing..., based on the life and works of Holocaust Survivor Primo Levi, at HMTC on Sunday, June 9, 2:00 PM.

    ROBERT “Bob” SPIOTTO is a creative/artistic/management professional – (Arts Administrator, Artistic/Executive, Producer, Director, Creative/Special Event Director, Community/Cultural/Engagement Director, Arts Consultant, Coach, Actor, Educator, Writer, and Public Speaker, who has worked in arts and entertainment for more than 30 years. Mr. Spiotto holds a B.F.A. in Theater Performance from Hofstra University and a M.F.A. in Directing from The Catholic University of America.

    Mr. Spiotto is currently the Director of Programs/Special Events at New York’s famous Friars Club.  Previously, he served as the first Executive/Artistic Director of the historic Suffolk Theater (theater/restaurant/bar), prior to which he worked at Hofstra University (1990-2012) as Executive Producer/Artistic Director for Hofstra Entertainment; Artistic Director of Community Arts Programs for the Hofstra Cultural Center (music, theater, cultural, original programming), and Director/Producer of Special Events (festivals, conferences, public programs).  He served on the faculty of Hofstra’s School of Continuing Education, taught classes for Hofstra’s Summer Camps, and was an adjunct professor in their School of Communication as well as Hofstra’s New College. Mr. Spiotto has received awards from Hofstra University for his distinguished service and teaching accomplishments.

    As Director of the International Concert Series and the Theater Series for the Hofstra University Cultural Center, in addition to 18 years as Entertainment Producer for Hofstra’s International Festivals, Mr. Spiotto possess a great deal of experience producing unique and very diverse performances.  Additionally, he also has experience working with Theater For Young Audiences, as well as working directly with young performers.  He has also created and/or produced many unique and original shows, as well as webinars, and has consulted for various groups and organizations including the National Museum of Women in the Arts (D.C.), The Coalition on Child Abuse and Neglect, The Nassau County Bar Association, The Order/Sons of Italy in America, The Long Island Arts Alliance, and the March of Dimes, to name a few.

    Mr. Spiotto has worked extensively as an arts administrator, producer, director, and consultant, as well as an actor and teacher in the New York, Long Island and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas.  An adjunct professor in the Suffolk Community College Theater Department, Mr. Spiotto has also served locally as an artistic consultant for the Stamford Center for the Arts (CT), the Long Island Arts Alliance, the Sayville School District and the Freeport School District, among others.

    In addition to his many accomplishments, he has directed hundreds of theater productions at various regional and professional theaters, schools and universities, as well as for various organizations and companies.

    Regional acting credits include M.C. (Cabaret), John Adams (1776), Guido (Nine,), Tateh (Ragtime), The Cat in the Hat (Seussical), Fagin (Oliver), Ganesha (A Perfect Ganesh), and Bill (Me and My Girl), to name a few.  He toured the tri-state area and created the character of “The King of Pizza,” based on the popular children’s book.  Additionally, he has created and appeared in numerous one-man shows exploring the lives of P.T. Barnum, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Primo Levi, Michelangelo, Sholom Aleichem, and others. A trio of his critically acclaimed one-man musical tributes include That’s Amore:  A Tribute to Mr. Hollywood Musical – Harry Warren, Shades of Grey: A Musical Tribute to Joel Grey, and Courting the Jester: A Salute to Danny Kaye, which was re-worked and presented at Lincoln Center.  He also created and performed in original musical reviews for President George Bush, as well as for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  In 2011, he received outstanding reviews for his direction of the off-Broadway production of Harry and Eddie: The Birth of Israel.

    Mr. Spiotto was appointed by New York Governor George Pataki to serve on the Board of the New York State Theater Institute, and has also served on the Boards of the Long Island Arts Council, the National Organization for Women’s Safety Awareness and the Hannah Kroner Legacy Foundation.

    Among his many awards and honors, Mr. Spiotto was a recipient of the Dante Award (American Association of Teachers of Italian), awarded to him for his unique contributions to Italian-American culture; was honored by the NYS Commission for Social Justice; received the Estabrook Distinguished Service Award (Hofstra University); received the highest honor awarded by the Long Island Arts Council (ARTY Award); was honored by the Long Island Chapter of the March of Dimes as an Educator of the Year; and was named as an Advocate for the Arts by the Long Island Arts Council.

    Bob Spiotto’s limitless energy, creativity, knowledge, passion, dedication and experience, combined with his outstanding record of achieved success, as well as his reputation, professional history, resources, talent, integrity and humor, make him an incredible asset to any organization. The unmistakable quality of his work, in addition to his stellar administrative, artistic and management skills, have secured him a well respected place in the field.

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