Why Comedy Matters

And The Great Italian Comedies in History

July 29, 12pm-2pm

At the Brenden Theaters
inside the Palms Hotel and Casino

Ticket Price: $25 

Tickets are


FREE to AOF Megafest and Partner Festival Badge Holders


Complimentary for ALL AOFMEGAFest 2019, Accepted Filmmakers, and Writers. Just show us your "AOFMEGAFest Creator's Pass" to get in! 

Seats are limited so arrive at least 15 minutes early for any Seminar you wish to attend.

If you are the guest of a MEGAFest Show, AOF or HDIFF creator who has a badge, then you MUST purchase a ticket to attend.

Angela Pietropinto, NYU Professor of Acting, 

Award-winning Actress (Goodfella’s) 

Many people believe laughter is contagious, and one person laughing, can start others in a fit of laughter, which in turn release endorphins, or neurotransmitters, which are responsible for feelings of euphoria. 


Some researchers even suggest that laughing 100 times gives you the same workout as 15 minutes on an exercise bike.  Laughing works the cardiovascular system and lowers blood pressure, so it’s like a cardio workout.


Now, how do we apply comedy in acting and writing? 


Angela Pietropinto  will present the rules of comedy, and find where they exemplify these rules in actual scripts. Volunteer attendees will do some improvisations and theater 

games which implement the rules.

Kathrina Miccio will present how comedy is defined by its characters, which resonates what happens in our everyday life. Like life, comedy continues in unending renovation  change, and what people can relate to. 

Alessandra Guarino will  introduce us to some Italian classic comedy, which inspires her to write, and will also compare them to present day comedy. She will also show examples of Italian comedies in history.

Angela Pietropinto

has taught Acting at the Yale Drama School, The Michael Howard Studios and is presently on the faculty at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and is the Director of the NYU Open Arts Acting Conservatory. She received an MFA in Acting from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. During those formative years, she was exposed to a variety of acting methods and was fortunate to work with such greats as Growtowski, Lloyd Richards, David Mammet, Andre Gregory, Kristen Linklater and Olympia Dukakis. Upon graduation, she helped form The Manhattan Project Theater Company under the direction of Andre Gregory. Ms. Pietropinto received her training as a Teaching Artist at Lincoln Center Institute and worked for them as well as Manhattan Theater Club, Theater Development Fund and The Roundabout bringing High School students to live theater for many years. She made her first professional appearance in the title role of their Obie-winning production of Alice In Wonderland. It won 2 Drama Desk awards and an Obie Award. Some of Ms. Pietropinto’s 77 Film credits, are Marj Weiner,in Todd Solondz's ,WelcomeTo The Dollhouse which won the 1995 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Shaft opposite, Samuel L. Jackson (director - John Singleton), Nobody's Fool opposite Paul Newman (director - Robert Benton), Goodfellas opposite Paul Sorvino (director- Martin Scorsese) So Fine opposite Jack Warden (director - Andrew Bergman), Without A Trace(director-StanleyJaffee), Heartburn


opposite Jack Nicholson (director - Mike Nichols), It Could Happen To You (director-Andrew Bergman), Honeymoon In Vegas opposite Sarah Jessica Parker (director-Andrew Bergman), Doubt (director-John

Patrick Shanley) Tale of Two Pizzas, which won the Audience Favorite Prize at the Sarasota Film Festival, Alchemy (director- Brandon Polanco) St Joseph (director - Kathrina Miccio) Best Supporting

Actress NYCIFF, and HOTYSFF. Law & Order, Third Watch, Criminal Intent, SVU, Mad About You, TheCosby Show, Dave Chappelle, NY Undercover, The Jury, Rescue Me, The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie,

Blue Bloods, Kevin Can Wait and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Show, All My Children, and Another World.