Actress | Filmmaker | TV Host & Correspondent | TV Producer | Print Model | Voice Over Artist
Native New Yorker Lucia Grillo works in film, theater, television, commercial print and voiceover.
As an actress, notable screen credits include Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam opposite Mira Sorvino and John Leguizamo, Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, her award-winning A pena do pana (The Cost of Bread), opposite Vincent Schiavelli (Ghost, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus), and Spike Lee’s irreverent Finlandia Vodka commercial. Lucia can currently be seen in guest star roles in Comedy Central and MTV Italy’s Untraditional opposite Italian star and series creator, Fabio Volo, soon to air on Italy’s Nove Channel; and in the award-winning American drama series, Switch, with Academy Award Winner, Olympia Dukakis.
Recent theatre credits include the World Premiere of Luigi Pirandello's comedy, "The Twelve Letters," which she also produced and adapted for the stage and Dino Buzzati’s “The Clock” - both at the Cherry Lane Theater, among many other credits.
A narrative and documentary filmmaker with her Calabrisella Films, Lucia's films have won awards and been Official Selections of festivals such as Cannes Film Festival SFC and AFI, among innumerable international fests, have aired on public, national and international television, and are taught at the university level.
She creates music videos that range from Italian pop to Brooklyn doom and have premiered on the likes of Spin Magazine online.
She works as an international print model and voiceover artist in English, Italian, French, and Spanish.
For a decade, she produced and was correspondent for a TV magazine program that aired on CUNY TV, for which she covered events and interviews that spanned celebrities, red carpet, film, arts, fashion, music, politics, science, sports, and many other topics that she introduced, such as cuisine and a One-Hour Women’s History Month Special. She brought the show to the channel’s Top 5 most viewed and obtained for it the “Made in NY” designation - the sole broadcast on the channel to hold it.
Lucia has taught acting at the University of Malta, Rome, for LAMBDA/LINK Bachelor of Arts Degree program and various courses/seminars on cinema & acting, in the U.S. and Italy.
Lucia received her BFA in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, having begun her professional training at age fifteen at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute NYC