Tony Nardi

A multi-award winner for his work in film, television and theatre, Tony Nardi, born in Calabria, Italy, is a Canadian actor, playwright, director and producer. A four-time Genie Awards Nominee, he has won twice for Best Actor for his roles in La Sarrasine (1992) and My Father’s Angel (2001). 

He collaborated on the screenplays for La SarrasineLa Déroute and Café Italia/Montréal and was ghostwriter on a television miniseries. 

He has performed in theatre ranging from classics to more experimental and collective-driven works. 

His first play, La Storia dell’Emigrante – written in Calabrian – in collaboration with Vincent Ierfino, played in Montreal in 1979 and 1980, and in Toronto in 1982, and won the 1st James Buller Award for Best Original Canadian play at the Ontario Multicultural Theatre Festival at Harbourfront. Parts were filmed for Paul Tana's docudrama Café Italia/Montréal.

A Modo Suo (A Fable), written and presented entirely in Calabrian, received a Dora Award nomination (Outstanding New Play) in 1990. An English translation in collaboration with poet/author Antonino Mazza was published in its entirety in the Fall 2000 issue of the Canadian Theatre Review. In 2007 Two Letters, his two outspoken theatrical monologues based on actual correspondence sent to “middlemen” of the Canadian cultural scene - a film/television producer and two theatre critics - was nominated for a Dora Award (Outstanding New Play). ..And Counting!  (his third Letter), a post-mortem of the first two, was first performed in 2008.  In 2008 he received a Siminovitch Prize in Theatre nomination (long list) for playwriting.  Two Letters…And Counting! (3 Letters) were filmed individually in front of a live audience. 

His newly published book, Two Letters…And Counting! (by Guernica Editions based on the earlier staged and filmed versions, continues his blistering exploration of Canada’s contemporary theatre, film and cultural ecology. 


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