Adriano is an actor, writer, theatre-maker and singer songwriter based in Sydney.
A graduate of NIDA and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, he has performed throughout Australia, Europe and New York.
A theatre-maker for over ten years, he has presented work at The New York Summer Play Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Fringe World WA, Sydney Comedy Festival, Artrage, The Great Escape Festival, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney Opera House, Underbelly Arts Festival and The Sydney Writers Festival.
His work spans the spectrum of theatre: cabaret, physical theatre, musicals, character comedy, stand-up, puppetry, improvisation, bouffon and clowning.
Adriano creates work that is playful and satirical, touching on the pleasure and absurdity of life and communicating the magic and imagination of theatre.
A recipient of The Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship and The Mike Walsh Scholarship, in 2008, he traveled to Paris to study with master clown and theatre guru, Philippe Gaulier. In Paris he studied the art of melodrama, bouffon, mask, Shakespeare, Chekhov, mime, acrobatics and a unique brand of character comedy.
Since 2005, he has worked extensively with Sandra Bates at The Ensemble Theatre in Sydney and with Kim Carpenter's Theatre of Image.
Individually and with Holly Austin he has written several hit comedy shows, touring festivals and selling out Sydney seasons as well as creating the comedy web-series ULTIMATE FANJ, which was part of Fresh Blood for ABCiview. Online, his comedy sketch #NewParents garnered 100,000+ views in 4 days and was featured on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Daily Edition.
In 2006 he was Nominated for Best Newcomer at The Sydney Theatre Critic's Awards for his role in The Ensemble Theatre Production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE. In 2014, The Sydney Arts Guide awarded him Best Supporting Actor for his role as Hal in The Ensemble Production of PROOF. In 2017 his one-man cabaret comedy THIS BOY'S IN LOVE was nominated for Best Cabaret at Adelaide Fringe and Fringe World, WA and awarded a Highly Commended Weekly Award at Adelaide Fringe 2017.
With Holly Austin and Jo Turner, he was co-awarded the Philip Parsons Playwriting Fellowship for RUBY'S WISH in 2016.
His new play NEVER LET ME GO was first presented at Griffin Theatre as part of Batch Festival 2019. The play details the onset of AIDS in Sydney and the radical approach by the gay community and politicians that saved more than 25,000 lives- all set to an 80’s pop soundtrack arranged for a choir. The show is in development in 2020 and will have a special presentation at Belvoir Theatre on April 18, 2020.
"Adriano Cappelletta doesn't so much arrive on stage as explode, like sweets from a piñata...He oozes effortless charisma...Absolutely exquisite" The LIST UK (for THIS BOY'S IN LOVE, Edinburgh Fringe 2017)
"...Cappelletta is generous in spirit, and unbelievably warm, striking a rapport with his crowd so solid, that we cannot help but be enthralled. The level of dynamism in his work is astounding... Suzy Goes See (for THIS BOY'S IN LOVE, Sydney)
"standouts include Adriano Cappelletta as the agressive but frustrated Luka"
Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise (for FACE TO FACE)
"with a light hand and much humour Austin and Cappelletta manage to pack a surprisingly powerful emotional punch"
Daniel Sanderson, The Canberra Times (for LITTLE BEAUTY)
"Cubbyhouse is as much fun and wildly imaginative as it is tightly scripted and heartwarmlingly poignant...a show that's both endearing and boundlessly magic"
Steve Jones, DB Magazine, Adelaide (for CUBBYHOUSE)
"Audition is one of the savviest little shows I've seen at Artrage for sometime, and its sparkle and professionalism is due no doubt to the strong sense of commitment to quality by the young players and the creative team"
Ron Banks, The West Australian (for AUDITION)