Paolo Rotondo was born in Napoli, Italy from a proud Neapolitan father and a Kiwi (New Zealand) mother. Paolo spent his first years in Italy moving to New Zealand when he was ten years old. He now lives in Auckland with his partner Renee Mark and two young children.

Paolo is an accomplished artist working as a Film Director, Playwright and actor. He has been a respected fixture working in Film, Theatre and Television industries for twenty years. His experience in filmmaking, ranges from acting, to producing, to writing and directing. In 2015 as writer/director Paolo is releasing the New Zealand Film Commission funded feature film, the much anticipated "Orphans & Kingdoms".

As an actor Paolo is probably best known for his work on "Shortland Street" New Zealand's longest running serial drama. On this series he portrayed the unlucky in love CEO of the clinic 'Andrew Solomon'. Paolo's lead roles in feature films include the much loved Kiwi classic caper film "Stickmen". He made his debut as the serial killer 'Simon Cartwright' in the bold horror film "The Ugly' for which he won a 'Best actor award' at the Rome Fantafestival. Other television series Paolo has acted in include, 'Xena Warrior Princess', ' When we go to war', 'Riverworld', 'Young Hercules', 'The insider's guide to love' and 'Cancerman'. Paolo was nominated for 'TV Guide Best actor' on two occasions.

The Short films Paolo wrote and directed; 'The Freezer' and 'Dead Letters' were both supported by the New Zealand Film Commission, have received International acclaim and are studied in New Zealand High schools.

As a Playwright Paolo's has penned major Theatre shows including the highly successful 'Little Che' inspired by the 'Motorcycle Diaries' and 'Strange resting places' co-written with Rob Mokaraka and based on family stories of the Maori Battalion in Italy in WW2. 'Strange resting places' has received five star reviews and been performed for over nine years and been published by Playmarket.

As a TV Commercial and content Director Paolo is represented by Flying Fish films New Zealand. He directed the film Orphans and Kingdoms which was released for general exhibition in April 2016.[2]


  • Shakespeare Globe International Artistic Fellowship
  • Italian Film Scholarship
  • Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards - WINNER - Best New Playwright
  • Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards - Production of the Year - Strange Resting Places
  • New Zealand Screen Awards - WINNER - Best Script - Dead Letters (short film)
  • TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice - Best Actor - The Insider's Guide to Happiness
  • TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice - Best Actor - Milan Brych - Cancerman
  • Fantafestival Film Festival, Rome Award Winner - Best Actor - The Ugly

Director/Writer FILM

  • Orphans & Kingdoms (Writer, Director) - Feature Film
  • The Freezer (Writer, Director) - Short Film
  • Dead Letters (Writer (Adaptation), Director) - Short Film (Best Script 2006 NZ Film Awards)

Writing Theatre

  • 'Little Che'
  • 'Strange Resting Places' (Best new Playwright 2007 Chapmann Trip Theatre Awards)
  • 'Black Hands'




  • Tartuffe: Tartuffe - Silo Theatre
  • The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs: Performer for Silo Theatre
  • Little Dog Laughed Silo Theatre
  • Black Hands: Writer/Actor/Producer
  • Little Che: Writer/Actor/Producer
  • Strange Resting Places: Writer/Actor - Taki Rua Productions
  • Peer Gynt Narrator for Auckland Philharmonia
  • Mr. Marmalade: Bradley - Auckland Theatre Company
  • Twelfth Night: Sebastian - Auckland Theatre Company
  • Fond Love and Kisses: Rob - Downstage Theatre
  • The Butchers' Daughter: Emilian & Others
  • A Streetcar Named Desire: Pablo Gonzales - Auckland Theatre Company
  • Dog - Silo Theatre
  • NeverNever - BATS
  • The Young Baron Biaggio - Maidment Theatre
  • Accidental Death of an Anarchist: Madman - Maidment Theatre
  • Coriolanus: Brutus - Maidment Theatre
  • Nowhere Fast: Bevan - Maidment Theatre
  • Round About Thursday: Roger - Maidment Theatre