On the Couch with Stephen Nicolazzo

Stephen Nicolazzo oncWho is Stephen Nicolazzo?
A chain-smoking third-generation Italian Virgo with grey hair.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Not smoke, learn to enjoy food, and be more patient.

Who inspires you and why?
Madonna. Because her work (particularly her stage shows and early 90s Erotica persona) has opened me up to a whole world of inspiring references, queer movements, and pop musical styles.

Her brazen sexuality rubbed off on me from when I was a little boy (there is actually footage of me performing “Hanky Panky” from Dick Tracey at the age of six) and has given me an open and unapologetic mind when it comes to exploring sexual politics in my creative work and life.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Actually communicate with people.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I haven’t really been to many places in my life, but the places I have gone to over and over again (which I suppose would classify them favourites) are New Zealand, Perth and Paris. I love New Zealand because it reminds me of a happy time, Perth because it is warm, beautiful and I have many loved ones who live there, and Paris because it is the only city in the world where you can spend a whole week, all day, every day shopping for records. Which I like. A lot.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I would take them to Sircuit because it is an unpretentious gay bar with good drag, cheap beer, and loud music for everyone to dance to.

What are you currently reading?
An essay called “Love’s Litany” which is an analysis of homoeroticism in 19th century literature. I would however like to re-read something like The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole very soon,  so I can laugh.

What are you currently listening to?
I am currently and always listening to Madonna.

Happiness is?
Learning, reading, listening and having a peppermint tea with people I love.

What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully something to smile about.

Stephen Nicolazzo studied at The University of Melbourne, completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts in 2008. In 2010 he completed a Grad Dip of Dramatic Art (Directing) at NIDA. In 2006 he founded Little Ones Theatre.

In 2011 he was assigned the role of Resident Director at The Cellblock Theatre in association with National Art School Sydney. In 2009, he was awarded the Besen Family Artist Award by Malthouse Theatre in direction.

His credits include Home Economics By Declan Greene (The Store Room 2009), Pictures of Bright Lights By Maree Freeman (Tamarama Rock Surfers 2011), Women of Troy By Euripides (Cellblock Theatre, 2011), Suddenly Last Summer By Tennessee Williams (Cellblock Theatre, 2011), Two By Two By Dan Giovannoni (fortyfive downstairs, 2012), Negative Energy Inc. By Ash Flanders (Theatre Works/Midsumma Festival), sex.violence.blood.gore By Alfian Bin Sa’At (MKA/Tamarama Rock Surfers Melbourne & Sydney, 2012) and Psycho Beach Party By Charles Busch (Tamarama Rock Surfers/Theatre Works/ Midsumma Festival 2012 and 2013).

Stephen will be directing Salomé as a part of the 2013 Malthouse Helium Season. The season runs 30 August – 14 September 2013. For more information, visit: www.malthousetheatre.com.au for details.

Image: Stephen Nicolazzo