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Raimondo Cortese Raimondo Cortese i(A18973 works by) (a.k.a. Raimondo Fitzmaurice Cortese; R. Cortese)
Born: Established: 1968 Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania, ;
Gender: Male
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Raimondo Cortese was born to an Italian father (who migrated from Ascoli Piceno in 1952) and an Anglo-Celtic mother. A speaker of some Italian and Spanish, he initiated a visual poetry performance night at the Bakers Cafe Melbourne and has given numerous exhibitions of his work there. He has also exhibited his work at the 1989 St Kilda's Writers Festival, at 1990 Vast performance nights, at the 1990 Next Wave Writers Festival, and at Lord Jims in Melbourne in 1990, and also held a solo exhibition in Pisa, Italy in 1991.

From 1994 to 2001, he was artistic director of Ranters Theatre, of which he was one of the co-founders. In 2014, Cortese completed his PhD. In 2018, he was heading the Master of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of Arts.

His works have won the Green Room Award for Best Australian Writing, and he was the inaugural winner of the Patrick White Playwrights' Fellowship.

Most Referenced Works


  • Author writes in these languages:ENGLISH
  • Co-founder with his brother, Adriano, of the theatre company Ranters in 1994.

Awards for Works

Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime 2010 single work drama
2011 winner AWGIE Awards Community Theatre Award Community and Youth Theatre
Intimacy 2010 single work drama 'The play begins with a man stepping out of his apartment into the chaos of a busy night. His aim: nothing more than to speak to strangers, to meet new people, to flirt with the simple differences any urban street may throw up. The result: an evening of human connection between people whose collision is as profound as it is happenstance.' Source: (Sighted 20/09/2010).
2011 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Louis Esson Prize for Drama
y separately published work icon Holiday 2007 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2009 Z1419947 2007 single work drama humour

'A holiday. A time for conversation and distraction, a time to wind down and to dream...

'In a moment of relaxation and quiet reflection, two men unwittingly engage. Spontaneous, unaffected and thrillingly real, innocent discussion becomes an exploration of private fantasy, hidden anxiety, personal mythology and the most inexplicable behaviour.

'What lies behind the most unconscious gesture? How do power struggles play out in the politest of exchanges? Is there hope in the blank spaces between strangers?' (Publisher's blurb)

2007 winner Victorian Green Room Awards Production : Theatre - Independent Production
2007 winner Victorian Green Room Awards Best New Australian Play As 'Best New Australian Writing'.
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