“NoHo is only as great as its people.”
We always like to spotlight our local folks whether they live, work, enjoy NoHo or all three. We especially like to highlight individuals who chose to come to North Hollywood to pursue their art. Meet Nicola Tombacco, he’s come from another continent to pursue his acting dreams and now calls NoHo and Theatre 68 home.
What's your background?
I was born in Vittorio Veneto, Italy, but I’ve lived my whole live in Treviso, Italy, a wonderful medieval city just thirty minutes away from Venice. In Treviso I attended the “scientific” program at the Pio X High School.
What brought you to Los Angeles?
Although my background as a student was all about science and math, throughout the years of high school, I’ve started nurturing this passion for acting. One morning there was the chance to skip two hours of class to attend an acting workshop presentation. In my mind I thought “skip two hours? Let’s go!” However, when I got there, I started listening to the acting teacher…really listening. At the end of the presentation my friend next to me asks me “Nicola, do you wanna do it?” and I said “Yes, actually…” Since then, I’ve been acting in five different plays as a leading man. Acting became such an addiction that after going to the NYFA twice for its summer program, I’ve decided that I wanted to come to America to study acting and what a better place to start than the Capital of Entertainment.
Where did you do your BFA?
I’ve got my Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy here in Los Angeles.
Why did you join Theatre 68?
Unfortunately, being an actor means being jobless most of the time and living in a city like Los Angeles can alienate you from the rest of the world pretty easily.
After graduating from college, I needed to find a community of artists that would keep my actor’s energy going even when I wasn’t booking any gig. One of my friends from AMDA told me he was performing at Theatre 68 for one of their shows. He started bragging about this theatre company so much that as soon as they were holding auditions I didn’t think twice. Now I’ve been a member of the 68 Cent Crew for over nine months and let me be honest, at Theatre 68 I’ve found a new home, a community of artists that support each other no matter what, a bunch of new friends, a getaway from the harsh “real-world,” a place where I can be free to be myself and cherish that.
What projects are you working on?
Right now I am performing at Theatre 68 for its One Act Festival. It’s running every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 8PM until September 14th. So hurry up!!! All the One Acts have been written, directed and produced by the members of Theatre 68, and let me say that I’ve had people coming to me really impressed by the quality of these original pieces.
In addition, I’ve recently wrapped a feature film, “The Roman,"directed by AMDA’s President David Martin, which is still in production and will probably hit a few movie theaters in Los Angeles. So keep an eye open for it!
What are you doing now?
I am applying for the artists visa in a couple of months. Fortunately, AMDA gave me the opportunity to work as an actor after graduation for a whole year, so I had a little time to build up my resume. One of the most interesting projects that I’ve been a part of was “Poison,” a world premiere play written by John Patrick Shanley, which has been produced at Theatre 68. However, honestly, being a young Italian actor in Los Angeles didn’t quite work as I’ve expected. The accent has always been an issue for me. I am working on it but I’ve been able to master this new language only a couple of years ago. It takes time. In a world were being diverse means so much, I’ve mostly found rejection. Also, without a theatrical agent that could put me into the right casting room, it’s difficult for me to get the right chances—the ones that I could book in a second because they are perfect for me. So if there was something that I wanted to highlight it’s this: I am a talented young Italian actor always hungry for work, so if you, by reading this, think could use me for one of your projects, don’t be shy to contact me because I would be more than happy to collaborate with you and make art. Grazie.
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