Antoinette LaVecchia is an award winning actress and playwright. Born in southern Italy, her parents emigrated to the U.S. when she was still a young girl. After receiving her B.A. in English Literature from Cornell University, she pursued her MFA at NYU's Tisch Graduate Acting Program, and while there, was sent to study Chekhov at the Moscow Art Theater. Awarded a Fox Fellowship after graduation, she chose to study with the world-renowned Clown/Bouffon teacher, Philippe Gaulier as well as members of the theatre company, Complicité in London. She also received the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant to help further her development as a writer/performer.
Antoinette is currently filming the recurring role of “Lucia Francavella” in the reboot of the much beloved sitcom, Mad About You. She has appeared in multiple guest-starring roles in film and television which include these films: Deliver Us From Evil, Lost Cat Corona, Delirious, The David Dance, Jesus’ Son, and the award-winning shorts, Paralysis and Lily of the Feast, and onTV: Mad About You (reboot), The Deuce, FBI, Blindspot, Blue Bloods, DONNY!, Killing Kennedy, Taxi Brooklyn, The Sopranos, Guiding Light, One Life To Live and multiple episodes of Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU.
Onstage, Antoinette has performed in the following Broadway: Torch Song (Helen Hayes) starring Michael Urie & Mercedes Ruehl, A View From The Bridge (Cort Theater) starring Scarlett Johansson & Liev Schreiber. In NYC: Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theater, 59E59 Theaters, Lincoln Center Inst., Primary Stages, SoHo Playhouse, Cherry Lane Studio, The Flea, Urban Stages and more. Regionally, she has appeared most recently in back to back world premieres: Project Dawn (People’s Light), The Blameless (The Old Globe), A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter & Cleveland Play House), I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti (her award-winning solo performance, in which she originated the role of “Giulia” at TheaterWorks Hartford, George St. Playhouse, Asolo Rep & Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park *NY Times Critics Pick, *2014 Best of NJ Theater, *2012 BroadwayWorld.com CT Award - Best Actress), Electric Baby (*2013 Best of NJ Theater) Two Point OH (59E59 Theaters, *NY Times Critics Pick), Stella and Lou (Merrimack Rep), You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! (national tour) and Tough Titty! (Williamstown Theatre Festival).
Other favorite roles include Mother Augustina in A World Apart (The Flea), Deborah Harford in A Touch of the Poet, opposite Daniel J Travanti (Friendly Fire NYC *NY Times Critics Pick), The Narrator in The Pavilion (Dorset Theatre), Randy in Superior Donuts (Pittsburgh Public), Diane in Little Dog Laughed (Portland Ctr Stage), multiple roles in The Laramie Project (TheaterWorks Hartford), and as Anna Magnani in the one-woman show, Mamma Roma (Cherry Lane).
Antoinette’s critically-acclaimed comedic one-woman show, How To Be A Good Italian Daughter (In Spite of Myself) directed by Ted Sod, ran to sold out audiences at The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre in NYC, after a sold out performance at Ars Nova. It was presented in earlier versions at Urban Stages and the Midtown International Theatre Festival, directed by Jesse Berger and Ludovica Villar-Hauser, respectively. The piece was featured in The Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival, at the Perry Street Theatre and at CenterStage at Fitchburg State College. In Los Angeles, the show raised money for The Collective’s fundraiser, the west coast alumni group of Tisch’s Graduate Acting Program. She was awarded the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant to further her development as a writer/performer.
Antoinette is currently working on another original piece, Village Stories, a collage of characters and stories from her Italian ancestry. The piece was presented in multiple workshops produced by Parity Productions and directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser. Collaborating with the extraordinary musician, John T. La Barbera, the piece weaves music and storytelling to tell the universal story of how the past informs our present and future.