Lucia Grillo

Lucia Grillo

Lucia obtained her BFA in Acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and minored in Italian Literature at NYU's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, where she was also an Assistant Fellow. She simultaneously studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York.

As an actress, writer, director, and producer, Lucia works in theatre, cinema and television, in English, Italian and French.

A member of the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and Actors Equity, Lucia has worked as a film actress for directors such as Spike Lee (Summer of Sam; Finlandia Vodka TV spot/Europe); Tony Gilroy (Duplicity); Barry Alexander Brown; and actor Vincent Schiavelli, amongst others.

Founding Calabrisella Films, Lucia wrote and directed the award-winning short film A pena do pana (The Cost of Bread), shot on location in Calabria, Italy,  and starring late actor Vincent Schiavelli, which aired on Italian national television channel and has been an official selection of over 20 international film festivals. Other short films include Pop Machine (which she co-directed and played the lead, and Ad Ipponion (Ode to Hipponion), also shot in Calabria, was an Official Selection of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.

As Associate Producer and Correspondent of Italics (CUNY TV, TW Channel 75 NYC), Lucia produces, directs, edits, and conducts on-camera interviews in both English and Italian. She produced and directed Italics' hour-long specials, “Jukebox,” featuring interviews with Italian musical icons Vinicio Capossela and Jovanotti and New York’s own legendary NYHC band Killing Time. She has also produced videos for i-Italy.

Also a theatre actress, Lucia is a member of the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company, for whose premiere NYC production she celebrates her theatrical directing debut.

Lucia’s teaching experience includes Professor of Devised Performance at LAMDA - Rome/University of Malta; lecturer on cinema and acting at various universities in the U.S. and Italy; film festival juror, and honorary awards presenter at various international film festivals.

Lucia also directs music videos. She has also produced & directed short-form TV pilots (Italy) and edited promotional videos that aired on Bravo and IFC. She produced and hosted Behind the Scenes, a weekly live-streaming show on Dolce Channel in which she shared in-depth conversations about the various crafts within the world of cinema and theatre, such as actor-director Michael Imperioli and many other distinguished guests.

Lucia’s feature-length documentary, Terra sogna terra (Earth Dream Earth), inspired by her own roots, tells the stories of elderly Italian immigrants who recount of their uprooting and – along with and younger people of Italian descent – expression their passion for gardening and their bond to the earth/Earth. This film had its premiere screening at the Calandra Institute, where the idea and encouragement for the film was born, thanks to the Terre Promesse conference and her colleagues at the Institute.

A Tigered Calm (‘Na calma tigrata), a unique and intriguing never-before-seen story, set between Calabria and New York, is the subject of Lucia's feature-length screenplay, currently in development. For more information, visit

Lucia's actor and TV host/correspondent reels can be seen on YouTube as well as on the reels page of this website along with her director reel, and a list of episodes of Italics in which she appears can be found by clicking here: Lucia Grillo - Italics Episodes