Robert Cicchini is an award winning actor, director, and acting teacher. He has acted in or directed over 100 stage plays, has acted in over 70 television shows as a guest star or recurring character, and played roles in 40 feature films. He also teaches acting at AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts and has directed numerous plays with The New American Theater, Los Angeles. Cicchini directed and starred in the 2012 feature film, Waterwalk, which has played theatrically in over 200 theaters across the US.
He has been fortunate to work with some of the most important theater, film and television artists of our time. His list of film credits include: Godfather III, Lightsleeper, Primary Colors, The Deep End of the Ocean, Path to War, Mrs. Harris, The Pickle, War of the Worlds, Jungle Fever, Dreamgirls, Mission of the Shark, California Solo and most recently Pilot Error. The list of directors with whom he has worked include: Francis Ford Coppola, Spike Lee, Paul Schraeder, Ulu Grosbard, Bill Condon, Mike Nichols, Paul Mazursky, John Frankenheimer and Steven Spielberg.
His extensive television credits include: Shameless, Castle, Law and Order, Bones, The Mentalist, NCIS, CSI, The Closer, CSI/NY, Desperate Housewives, The Sopranos, The Practice, Everybody Hates Chris, Cold Case, NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, Frasier, E.R., Twisted, The Gilmore Girls and recurring roles on Six Feet Under, 24 and Murder in the First.
Cicchini is an active participant in the Los Angeles theater scene and performs and directs regularly with The New American Theatre Ensemble, (formerly Circus Theatricals), where he is an Associate Artist, teacher, director, actor, and charter member.
With the Los Angeles based New American Theatre Ensemble. he has appeared in many classic and new plays, including: Tartuffe, Hedda Gabler, The Misanthrope, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the premieres of a number of plays including: The Job (Garland Award for Outstanding Actor, Backstage Magazine), Man.Gov, Bedfellows, and the world premiere of 63 Trillion.
Also in Los Angeles, he appeared at The Skylight Theater in Influence which was invited to The Transatlantyk Festival of Film, Music, and Art in Poznan, Poland. Influence received a Best Play nomination from LA Weekly. He starred in the world premiere of Open House for which he received the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor from L.A. Theater Scene Magazine. Open House was named by LA Weekly Magazine as one of the top ten plays of the year in Los Angeles.
Additionally, Cicchini has performed many plays in New York City and in several theaters across the U.S. and abroad. Those productions include: The Screens (The Guthrie Theater) opposite the great Ruth Maleczech and directed by Joanne Akalaitis, in which he sang a lullaby composed by Philip Glass a cappella in a net stretched above the audience's heads, The Racket (Soho Rep), As Is, On The Waterfront (world premiere), The Time of the Cuckoo, Antigone (tour of the Middle East), The Taming of the Shrew (Astor Place), Woycek (The NY Public Theater) in which he sang another Philip Glass composition, Biloxi Blues (Broadway tour), No Exit (Playwrights Horizons), Three Sisters, and the New York premieres of The Job (WPA) and Man.Gov (46th St. Theater).
His directing credits with The New American Theatre Ensemble include: The Heiress, The Maids, Antigone, The Lower Depths, Getting Out, and the Los Angeles premieres of several one act plays including The Sausage Eaters, Star Song, and many more.
Cicchini received an MFA from The Grad Acting Program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, where he was a talent scholarship recipient. He has a BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
He resides with his family in Culver City, California.