Photo by Hayley Andoff
Anthony Palermo (they/them) is an actor, director, writer & composer, graduating from University of Toronto/ Sheridan College’s Theatre & Drama Studies program this spring.
During their conservatory training Anthony has played Orgon in Molière’s Tartuffe, Frank Thorney in Thomas Dekker’s The Witch of Edmonton, both directed by Paolo Santlucia (Theatre Erindale), and upcoming this winter, Admetus in Euripides’ Alcestis, directed by Alan Dilworth (Theatre Erindale).
Selected television and film credits include; Workin’ Moms Season 6 & 7 (CBC/Netflix), Macy Murdoch (CBC/Shaftesbury), Sun (Sun Productions/ Steven Yaffee), and Bark (Panoptic Pictures Inc./ Ganesh Thava). Anthony leads the web-series, Pie Boy, (Ace Entertainment Inc./ Mahlon Bast) streaming now on YouTube. Anthony is also an ACTRA member.
As a writer and composer, and has had their original work produced by Musical Stage Company in One Song Glory 2022, directed by Dillan Chiblow, Soulpepper Theatre’s Queer Youth Cabaret 2022, where they premiered and performed in their original solo song-cycle, She, Men, and the Giant F*cking Snake, directed by Nicci Pryce. As their 2021 Artist-in-Residence, Anthony was commissioned by Theatre Oculus to create and perform in their original solo musical, Functioning: A Piece in 5 Jordans.
Upcoming, Anthony will be directing their original musical, The Gray, dramaturged by Aaron Jan, produced by Hart House Theatre this spring. They will also be directing an immersive production of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches with the University of Toronto SMC Troubadours.
Anthony has won various awards for their theatrical writing, including; “Best Musical” & “Best Musical Achievement” at the 2022 UofT Drama Coalition Awards for Mythic Women & Their Cabaret to Save Humanity (Music & Lyrics, Director/ University of Toronto), “Best Original Work” and “Best Direction” for The Gray: A Wilde Audio-Drama (Book, Music & Lyrics, Director/ UofT), currently streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
Their work as a director has earned them “Best Direction” for two consecutive years at the UofT Drama Coalition Awards. Favourite directing credits include Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Dog Sees God, and Jordan Tannahill’s Rihannaboi95 (University of Toronto).
Anthony has a passion for storytelling through a broad range of mediums, from classical plays, to musical theatre, to camera. They are interested in recontextualizing the canon– queering and adapting older works for modern narratives through music and storytelling.