Aleandri, Emelise (Francesca)

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ALEANDRI, Emelise (Francesca)


Born in Riva del Garda, Italy; daughter of John Baptista (a mail carrier) and Elodia Vladimira (a teacher; maiden name, Lutterotti) Aleandri. Education: Hunter College, M.A. (theatre); City University of New York, Ph.D. (theatre).


Office—Center for Italian-American Studies, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY 11210. E-mail—[email protected].


Actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, and director. Director of stage productions, including Not Every Thief Will Bring You Grief, off-Broadway; Discovering Bodies, New York Theatre Ensemble, New York, NY; Schizzo Hey Ride, Stage 73, New York; Applejuice, Joseph Jefferson Theatre Company, New York; Duo, Forum; Peanuts (children's play), Boerum Hill Children's Theatre workshop, Brooklyn, NY; Doctor's Duty, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn; Superman, Bennington College, Bennington, VT; The Marriage Proposal, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY; Willpower, New York City Community College, New York; and The New Americans, St. Patrick's Theatre, New York.

Also worked on other stage productions, including (as assistant to producers) As You Like It, Broadway production; (as assistant director) Onward Victoria, Broadway production; (as assistant director) Peep, South Street, New York; and (as assistant director) Winning Hearts and Minds, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre. Choreographer of Middle Eastern dances for The Birds, Drama Committee Repertory, New York; and Schizzo Hey Ride, Stage 73, New York.

Actress in stage productions, including (as Molly, Queen of the Hoboes) Hobo Christmas, American Theatre of Actors (ATA), New York, 2000; (as Italian model) 96A, Eccentric Circles Theatre; (as Princess) The Bandit Princess, staged reading, Kikue Tashiro; (as Good Deeds) Everyman, Galaxy Theatre Company; (as Maria Antonia) Mon ami Angelique, Provincetown Playhouse, Provincetown, MA; (as Opal Jewel) Power, People's Performing Company; (as Tillie) Sweatshop, ATA; (as Aunt Mary Masiello) Italian Funerals and Other Festive Occasions, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA; (as Antonietta) Festa Primavera, LaMaMa Etc., New York; (as the Good Christmas Witch) La befana, New York and U.S. cities; (as Suzie Merluzzi) Perfidia, New York and U.S. cities; (as dancer and singer) Carnevale, New York and U.S. cities; (as dancer) Salute to King Tut, Central Park Band-shell, NY; (as dancer) Lincoln Center Gestical, Damrosch Park, NY; (as dancer) Gateway Showcase '80, Gateway Community Restoration; (as dancer) George White Ensemble, Marymount Manhattan; Festive Occasions; Winning Hearts and Minds, New York Shakespeare Festival; Show Biz Applauds Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, New York; La vita, Danny's Skylight Room; and The Gondoliers.

Actress in films, including (as Florence) Crooklyn, 1994; (as Angela Patera) West New York (also known as Paperblood), 1996; (as Italian woman at murder site) Summer of Sam, Buena Vista, 1999; also appeared (uncredited) 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 She Great; 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; Regarding Henry; and Rooftops.

Played Elenora Duse in television movie Of Penguins and Peacocks, 2000. Actress in television series, including (as Italian nurse/nun) Loving, American Broadcasting Companies (ABC); and (as lead) Pirate TV Comedy Show, Music Television (MTV). Guest star on television series, including Nurse, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS); Eischeid, National Broadcasting Company (NBC); All My Children, ABC; The Sopranos, Home Box Office (HBO); Our Family Honor, ABC; One Life to Live, ABC; Guiding Light, CBS; Internal Affairs; Tattingers, NBC; Donohue, syndicated; Another World, NBC; Equalizer, CBS; Mathnet; Law & Order, NBC; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC; and America's Most Wanted, Fox.

Producer and host of television series Italics Magazine Show, CUNY-TV, New York, 1987-97. Director and producer of television specials, including Teatro: The Legacy of Italian-American Theatre, 1995; and Festa: Italian Festival Traditions, CUNY-TV, 1997.


Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Guild of Variety Artists, Guild of Italian American Actors (formerly the Italian Actors Union).


Elena Cornaro Award, New York State Grand Lodge Order of the Sons of Italy in America, 2001, for work in Italian-American culture.


The Italian-American Immigrant Theatre of New York City, Arcadia Publishing (Charleston, SC), 1999.

Little Italy, Arcadia Publishing (Charleston, SC), 2002.

Author of The Legend of La Befana; translated various plays from Italian to English; contributor of articles on theatre to journals.



Frizzi & Lazzi Web site, (July 16, 2003).

Guild of Italian American Artists Web site, (July 16, 2003).

New York State Lit Tree Web site, (July 16, 2003), "Emelise Aleandri."*