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Adriano Gatto

Adriano Gatto

Artist in Residence, Stage Combat and Recruitment

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As an internationally Certified Fight Director with Fight Directors Canada and a Certified Instructor with its Academy, Adriano teaches various stage combat courses in the department. Additionally, he serves as the Principal Recruiter for the Department of Theatre & Fine Arts, working directly with the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Marketing.

NU Theatre

For Niagara University Theatre, Adriano has served as the Fight Director for over 30 productions. Additionally, he has directed past productions of The Wolves, Taming of the Shrew, Eurydice, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Comedy of Errors (Best Director of a Play - BroadwayWorld Buffalo Theatre Awards). 

Professional Experience

Adriano’s work as a Fight Director has been seen in over 140 productions including: the world premieres of Revival: The Resurrection of Son House and Heartland (Geva Theatre Center); The Diary of Anne Frank and Wait Until Dark (Arizona Theatre Company); One Man, Two Guvnors and Into the Breeches! (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Tis Pity She’s a Whore and the world premiere of The Onion Game (Irish Classical Theatre Company); Equivocation and Mockingbird (Kavinoky Theatre); Carmen (RPO); Don Giovanni, Out of Darkness/Into the Fire (Eastman Opera Theatre), among others.

As a member of AEA, Adriano’s more recent acting credits include: Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Frost/Nixon (2019 Artie Award for Outstanding Production of a Play – Irish Classical Theatre Company), and Equivocation (Kavinoky Theatre). Additional acting credits include productions with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Round House Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Olney Theatre Center, among many other award winning companies here in Buffalo. Adriano is also featured in the film MARSHALL, directed by Reginald Hudlin starring Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad.

As a Certified Fight Instructor with the Academy of FDC, Adriano has taught stage combat for many professional and educational institutions, including: the Acting Conservatory for Chautauqua Theatre Company, the AFDC Certification Conference in Calgary, AB, the Eastman School of Opera and Geva Summer Academy.

Current Projects/Research

Recently, Adriano was cast in the feature films BUNKER directed by Adrian Langley and the UNTITLED CABRINI FILM directed by Alejandro Monteverde, both of which were filmed in Buffalo.

Professional Affiliations

  • Actors’ Equity Association
  • Association of Movement Theatre Educators
  • Fight Directors Canada (Academy and Registry)
  • Society of Directors and Choreographers
  • Screen Actors Guild / American Federation of Television & Radio Artist


  • Acting Fellowship. Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC.
  • M.A.I.S. – Arts Administration, Drexel University & Niagara University
  • B.F.A. – Theatre Studies, Performance. Niagara University