Angela Pietropinto

Director, Open Arts Acting Studio

Angela Pietropinto

Angela Pietropinto received her M.F.A. in acting from the NYU Tisch Graduate Acting program where she met and worked with Andre Gregory. Upon graduation, she collaborated with Andre and fellow classmates to form The Manhattan Project Theater Co. She made her first professional appearance in the title role of their Obie-winning production of Alice in Wonderland. During its eight-year existence, the company toured four continents and was the recipient of two Drama Desk awards and an Obie award.

In 1980, she made her Broadway debut opposite Derek Jacobi in The Suicide and returned to Broadway for Eastern StandardTartuffe Born Again, and a revival of The Ritz, under the direction of Joe Mantello.

Her NYU training opened the doors of many prestigious off-Broadway Theaters: the Public Theater, The Manhattan Theater, The Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, Theater Four, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, Minetta Lane Theater, The Cherry Lane Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater and LaMama. Angela has also performed regionally at Yale Rep, the White Barn, The McCarter and The O'Neill Playwrights Conference in Connecticut; George Street Playhouse and The McCarter in New Jersey; and at the Wilma in Philadelphia.

On film she portrayed Marj Weiner, the mother from hell, in Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse, which won the 1995 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. She got to reprise the role in Mr. Solondz's film, Palindromes. Other film credits include Shaft, opposite Samuel L. Jackson (director - John Singleton), Nobody's Fool, opposite Paul Newman (director – Robert Benton), Goodfellas, opposite Paul Sorvino (director- Martin Scorsese), So Fine, opposite Jack Warden (director - Andrew Bergman), Without a Trace (director- Stanley Jaffee), Running on Empty (director - Sidney Lumet), Heartburn, opposite Jack Nicholson (director - Mike Nichols), It Could Happen To You, opposite Rosie Perez, Honeymoon in Vegas, opposite Sarah Jessica Parker (director- Andrew Bergman), Stay, (director- Marc Forster) and Doubt, (director- John Parick Shanley).

Her performances in 920 Monroe and Suffer the Little Children garnered her nominations in the best actress category on the independent film circuit. In the fall of 2015, Angela's role in Alchemy, which was written for her by a former student, took her to the Milan Film Festival. She garnered best actor awards for Alchemy at the Antwerp Film Festival in Brussels and St. Joseph at the 2018 Asbury Park Film Festival in New Jersey. 

On the little screen she has played an assortment of moms, doctors, lawyers, secretaries and nuns. Most recently she played Oscar Isaac's mother in the HBO min-series Show Me a Hero and appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Kevin Can Wait

Angela Pietropinto has taught acting for most of her professional life and has been a member of the Tisch faculty for over 20 years.