Gianni Meurer was born in 1974 in Bonn as the son of German-Italian parents. In the early 1990s he studied Dance and Drama at the Stage School of Music in Hamburg. Following his training as a musical actor, he worked in various productions, including Kiss Me Kate, La Cage aux Folles, My Fair Lady or West Side Story.
In 2009, friends told him about the upcoming auditions for the musical “Ich war noch niemals in New York in Vienna. Gianni took the chance and finally, after three auditions, he was part of the team. He moved to Vienna and since March 2010 he plays the role of “Costa” at the Raimund-Theater six times per week.
In addition to his numerous engagements in musicals Gianni looks back on a series of film and television productions, including Rosa von Praunheim’s Spurensuche and an episode for the well-known german TV-crime-show “Tatort”, directed by Angelina Maccarone.
He met Claudia Rorarius in 2004 at an acting workshop hold by John Costopoulos. Costopoulos studied at the legendary Actors Studio in NY alongside Harvey Keitel. Other famous actors were trained there, such as James Dean, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.
Inspired by the so called method-acting method, they both dealt with during the workshop, they soon came up with the first ideas for CHI L’HA VISTO – WHO SAW HIM. In this partly autobiographical roadmovie Gianni plays the main role, a Half-Italien twenty-something who’s looking for his father in Italy.
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