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Susan Bertoia
Artistic Director
& Performer

Stefano Giulianetti
Managing Director
& Performer

Marco Soriano
Artistic Associate
& Performer

Aaron Freschi
Artistic Associate

Tamara McCarthy
Artistic Associate
& Performer

Louis Chirillo
Artistic Associate
& Performer


& Crew

This group of professional performers (Italian-Canadian and otherwise) has been seen playing to full houses in all kinds of venues including mainstage theatres, cultural halls, festivals and even in the streets performing as ‘saltimbanchi’ (street rovers) in the traditional Italian mask theatre style of Commedia Dell’Arte. They also lend their skills to the classroom where they pass on their knowledge and experience to students and other artists.

The individual members are seen regularly on the Vancouver theatre stages and TV screens   For a more complete list of past work, scroll down or send us an email (!

Of course, we all water our gardens and buy prosciutto on the weekend, so you may just know us from ‘around’.

SUSAN BERTOIA - Artistic Director & Performer
Susan Bertoia is a Vancouver professional theatre artist and teacher. She works extensively in movement-based theatre, physical comic theatre and mask performance.   Theatre performance credits include: Mom's the Word and Enchanted April (Arts Club Theatre) , Mambo Italiano (WCT/Firehall Theatre) for which she received a Jessie Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress, Over the River and Through the Woods (WCT/Richmond Gateway) (Jessie Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress),Dear Santa (WCT), Lagoon of Lost Tales (Boca Del Lupo - Stanley Park), The Last Adam (Primavera Productions), The Faerie Play (Runaway Moon Theatre).
Creation/performances include: Plum and Other Colours (BellaLuna Productions) and 'I Came to Tell' part of Da Big Womb (La Luna Productions) and the all-woman clown circus CIRQUE POULE. She is the recipient of the Gordon Armstrong Theatre Artist Award. She also directs, designs and writes scripts for children, youth and BellaLuna Productions. Susan's fusion of physical theatre creation and esthetic make for dynamic and unique performances.
Susan teaches Commedia Dell'Arte and 'Creating Performance' at UBC and has been an Artist-in-Residence at various art institutions and schools in BC and the Yukon. Aswell as a BFA from UBC, she has also studied Commedia Dell Arte in Italy at 'Il Piccolo Teatro di Milano' with Giorgio Strehler and in Padua the Tradition of Italian mask making with Donato Sartori. In the US she studied at the Dell’Arte School of Physical theatre and also participated in a physical theatre intensive with Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit and International Voice Intensive with Richard Armstrong.

Read Susan's Teaching Bio

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STEFANO GIULIANETTI - Managing Director & Performer
Fluent in Italian, French and English, Stefano Giulianetti has been working as an actor, teacher and producer for over 15 years. The past three years have seen a continual streak of theatre roles that have enriched Stefano's talent and further established him as a valuable asset in the field of professional live performance.
His personal highlights include Axis Theatre's renowned play The Number 14, a guest star role in the sit-com Always a Bridesmaid, and entertaining over 100,000 children across Canada in various professional theatre for young audience shows including 285 performances of the Jessie Award winning The Emperor's New Threads (Axis).
Without a doubt though, Stefano's greatest achievement in 2010 was a successful audition with Cirque Du Soleil that has him now poised and ready to join the world-renown company when the casting opportunity arises. As well as performing and Managing BellaLuna Productions, he has also performed with Chemainus Theatre Festival, Project X, Carousel Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième,Hoarse Raven Theatre and plays at various festivals including Vancouver Fringe and Comedy Festivals and One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, Alberta.
Stefano enjoys surfing and riding his Vespa scooter.

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MARCO SORIANO - Artistic Associate & Performer
Since obtaining his BFA from SFU in 1997 and his teaching degree in 1998, he has performed on stage, screen, radio and in the classroom. You may have recently seen him playing Father Perez and various other roles in the Arts Club tour of Don Quixote. Ther recent appearances include SPAM at Hive3 (Theatre Replacement), various roles in Via Beatrice (Fugue Theatre) and Cyrano (Arts Club Theatre), Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast (WCT), the titular roles in both Hosanna (Saving Metropolis) and Zastrozzi (Enlightenment Theatre). Other favorites include Theatre Replacementís critically acclaimed Bio Boxes, Prior in Angels in America, Judas in Corpus Christi (both with Hoarse Raven Theatre), Tony in Shear Madness (Arts Club Theatre), the Emcee in Cabaret (DSR) and his work with Boca del Lupo in their summer roving shows. His first play, Two Sisters, was produced by LaLuna Productions in 2006, and Marco has had several opportunities to perform pieces of his one man show Mamma.
In the world of film Marco recently donned some fangs for 30 Days of Night; Dark Days. Other favorites include Psych, DaVinci's City Hall, The L Word, Scary Movie 3 and playing Biff Naked's sleazy, dancing, ex-boyfriend in her Leo Award winning music video Tango Shoes.

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AARON FRESCHI - Artistic Associate
Official Photographer of BellaLuna Productions, Aaron has also worked in Vancouver's Film industry as a set decorator. He has performed in Violins and Stage Managed various other BellaLuna shows. He is currently working as researcher with BellaLuna on the upcoming show 'Fresco.'
Please visit the photo gallery to view some of his photographic work.

TAMARA McCARTHY - Artistic Associate & Performer
Tamara graduated from SFUís Theatre Program in 1996, in the same ensemble as BellaLuna artists Marco and Louis. That same year, she co-founded Boca Del Lupo Theatre and was co-Artistic Director until 2001. During her time with Boca, she co-created and performed in several original physical theatre works, including Last Office, Charge of the Moon, and Terminal. Tamara is a four-time Jessie award nominee, most recently for her direction of Munsch Alley with Carousel Theatre. In 2008, she was nominated for her performance as Gollum, Old Took, and others in Carousel Theatre's production of The Hobbit. Other companies she has recently performed with include Green Thumb, Wild Excursions, and La Luna. Tamara has directed for Carousel Theatre, United Players, Scarlet Satin, Walking Fish Festival, Boca Del Lupo, Naked Goddess, and assistant directed for Presentation House, Vancouver Playhouse and La Luna Productions to name a few. As a physical theatre instructor, she has taught in various places, including the Vancouver Film School and an intensive workshop at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival in Cow Head, Newfoundland. Tamara is proud to be an Artistic Associate with BellaLuna. She has performed in many BellaLuna projects, most recently as Lucia and Pesciolino in the super fun childrenís show, Pesciolino.

LOUIS CHIRILLO - Artistic Associate & Performer
A graduate of SFU, Louis' theatre work includes performances in Chekov's The Seagull, Sam Shepard's States of Shock, as well as performing the one-man A Report To An Academy by Franz Kafka. Louis has also performed with Battery Opera (Hinndi Finndi Hogemonay in Old Guang Zhou and Spektator), Hoarse Raven Theatre (Tony n' Tina's Wedding), the Burr Theatre (Spider's Web, Charley's Aunt and Harvey), Primavera Productions (The Last Adam) and with Rick Dobran in his Jessie award-winning play, The Best Restaurant in the World. Ever. Some of Louis' television & Film credits include The Watchmen, Cold Squad, Andromeda, DaVinci's Inquest, The Chris Isaak Show, Dark Angel, Stargate and The Dead Zone. In addition, Louis is the
voice of Ken Kelley in Being Ian on YTV.

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Lia Como (shown), Fiona Martinelli, Maria-Cristina Fantini, Noah Drew, Darlene Brookes, Aaron Freschi, Sabrina DiFonzo, Laura DiCicco, Gerald Vanderwoude, Beverly Bardal, Guy Fauchon, James Crescenzo, Astrid Varnes, Joe Procyk, Kris Tung, Nathan Vass, Kerry Allchin, Shaun Aquiline and Tony Koelwyn.

Designers and Crews

Duncan Mac, Gerald Vanderwoude, Claire Seaborn, Marijka Asbeek Brusse, Flick Harrison, Martin Ritter, Farshid Samandari, Carmen Alatorre and Ali Sohrabzadeh (Nominated for a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award in 2009 for his lighting design on BellaLuna's Futuristi!).

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