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ARTURO ROSSI - Executive Director, Co-Founder


Arturo Rossi

Recurring Character "Quinn" USA Network's Hit TV Show "Graceland"

Recurring Character "Sugar" USA Network's Hit TV Show "Burn Notice"

Company Co-Founder, Executive Director, Award-Winning and Critically Acclaimed Actor/Director. A proud graduate of Harvard University, Arturo is the Executive Director of Ground Up & Rising and has worn multiple hats as producer, director, writer and actor in many of the company’s productions. He has been called a “quadruple threat” and a “charismatic, energetic young actor” by the Miami Herald. His performances have been hailed as “tour-de-force” and he has been called “South Florida best kept secret” by the Sun-Sentinel. Florida Media News has called his performances "absorbing", "stunning", and stated that despite "slam-dunking several roles, Arturo seems to be the Miami Actor waiting to be discovered". Arturo has been lauded as a "revelation" by John Thomason, Theatre Critic for the Miami New Times & Boca Magazine, as well as compared favorably to a Tony nominated performance by the Wall Street Journal Theater Critic. Audiences will remember Arturo from his searing, acclaimed portrayals of "Jackie" in Gablestage's production of The MotherF**cker With The Hat, "Eddie" In Alliance Theatre Lab's production of the Sam Shepard masterpiece Fool For Love, “Angel” in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped The “A” Train, rendering double duty in alternating roles of “Joey/Murph” every evening in Israel Horovitz’s The Indian Wants The Bronx, “Pavlo” in David Rabe’s The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, and "Bobby" in John Kolvenbach’s On an Average Day. Arturo was amongst the first artists hired by the Adrienne Arsht Center and spent two great years working on their flagship project.

In addition to his acting credits, Arturo has written and directed his original play September 10th, which played at the region’s most awarded theater GableStage and in Los Angeles’ renown Odyessey Theater. He has also been at the helm of governing every artistic and executive decision in Ground Up’s short, but remarkably successful history. Arturo has navigated the organization through the tumultuous economic tides of the Great Recession, and has maintained a deficit-free fiscal ledger, a balanced revenue model, and has been fortunate to cultivate a litany of artistic successes that have helped give Ground Up the platform to forge a nascent, but reputable brand that led to an artistic partnership with the finest theatre institution in the region: the aforementioned venerable GableStage. Ground Up & Rising has produced award-winning productions at this regional treasure, and Arturo directed, cast, and produced the Shakespeare program for Gablestage from 2010-2012.

Arturo also memorably produced a collaboration between Ground Up & Rising and critically acclaimed chamber orchestra Project Copernicus (lead by Yale Alumnus Steve Danyew) to bring Story of A Soldier, an evening combining live theatre and original classical musical to commemorate the sacrifices of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. This marked the first time in Miami history a theatre company garnered accolades on the Miami Herald's "Best Of the Year" lists for both genres of Classical Music and Theatre. Arturo has also conceptualized and created a variety of site-specific projects for Miami Children’s Museum, Lighthouse For The Blind, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, ArtSouth and the developing Los Angeles Chapter of the Ground Up & Rising organization. Arturo’s film and television credits include the lead role of Mike Connor in the feature film, Loving the Bad Man; opposite of Stephen Baldwin. He also was featured as the lead role in Ground Up & Rising’s first short feature Observe. Arturo also produced and wrote Observe which was honored as an Official Selection of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, which is widely known as the world’s most prestigious film festival.

His film/television resume also features several recurring characters on major TV Networks. Arturo most notably played the popular character of “Sugar” for 5 seasons on the hit TV show Burn Notice. He has recently been cast as the recurring character of "Quinn" in USA Network's much-anticipated 2013 drama Graceland. He has also played the character “Rusty” on the hit Fox show Bones. In addition, Arturo starred alongside Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard in the upcoming 2013 film House Of Bodies as "John Ramos", the younger, idealistic half of a detective tandem that features Howard as the elder, seasoned veteran. Arturo's young career has allowed him to work alongside Academy Award Nominees Terrence Howard, Peter Fonda, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Renny Harlin. Arturo also has various other appearances in TV/Film and commercials in numerous markets including spots for KFC, ESPN, Telemundo, Ritz and Mun2. As a director, Fernandez has received universal critical acclaim such as: “Fernandez has amplified the script with imaginative staging, dramatic lighting and a wide range of music that comments on the proceedings. But his masterstroke is to turn down the volume and speed to let the work breathe in dramatic silences and quiet soliloquies.” (Sun-Sentinel). Under his direction, actors have won the following awards: Best of Miami - Best Actor 2009 (Miami New Times), Best of Miami - Best Supporting Actress 2009 (Miami New Times), Best Actor You Didn’t See 2009 (Sun-Sentinel), Best Of Miami 2008 – Best Supporting Actor (Miami New Times). In addition to these myriad awards, his actors also received a Best Ensemble Nomination 2011 (BroadwayWorld.Com). Productions that he directed have received the following accolades: Top 10 shows of 2016 (Florida Theater On Stage), Best Show you Didn’t See 2009 (Sun-Sentinel), Best of Theater 2008 (Sun-Sentinel), Best of Classical Music 2008 (Miami Herald) and Best of Theater 2006 (Miami Herald). In addition to those mentioned above, Arturo was recently honored by the Miami Herald as one of the “Top 20 Artists Under 40”. He has also won the following awards: Best Actor Award 2011 Broadwayworld.Com, Theatre Visionary Award 2010 (Miami ArtZine), Top 12 Notable Performers 2010 (Florida News Media), Best Actor You Didn't See Award 2009 (Sun-Sentinel), Best Director You Didn't See Award 2009. In addition, Arturo also received a nomination for Best Actor 2012 (BroadwayWorld.Com).