ROBERT MONTANO – Playwright & Performer: Robert Montano was raised in Hempstead, LI, close enough to Belmont Park Racetrack where he had his first career as a professional racehorse jockey. For reasons, things took a turn on him as he traded in his jockey boots for ballet shoes. Showbiz was at his door. Robert has worked with great directors and choreographers such as Hal Prince, Rob Marshall, and Jerome Robbins. He had the pleasure of working with the legendary Chita Rivera in Kiss of the Spiderwoman, as well as her act, Chita Plus Two. He sang and danced with Peter Allen in Legs Diamond and starred as Ozzie in On the Town, directed by the innovative George C. Wolfe. But he couldn’t contain his creative scope to only musical theater, so he ventured into plays, film, and television. He created roles for the Academy Award-nominated writer Jose Rivera in Cloud Tectonics and References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot, Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation, Bess Wohl’s Barcelona, Tira Palmquist’s Two Degrees, Ken Lin’s Fallow, Richard Vetere’s One Shot One Kill, and Edwin Sanchez’s Diosa. At Actors Theatre of Louisville, Robert was given the honor to portray Cal in the epic East of Eden, directed by Jon Jory, later to be invited back to exercise his Shakespeare in The Comedy of Errors. He has also played Ralph opposite John C. Reilly in Marty. In television he’s guest starred on: City on A Hill, Evil, Bull, Prodigal Son, Blue Bloods, NCIS: New Orleans, Elementary, Search Party, Sex in The City, CSI: Miami, Law & Order, and HBO’s film Undefeated, directed by John Leguizamo. Film: He appeared in Shame with Michael Fassbender; played opposite Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix in The Yards; partnered Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago, among other notable work in Center Stage.
* Robert dedicates all his performances to:
Gloria and Salvatore Montano!