Massimo Frau
Non Union
“Act from the depth of your feeling imagination. Act for celebration, for search, for grieving, for worship, to express that desolate sensation of wandering through the howling wilderness. Don’t worry about Art. Do these things and it will be Art.”
– John Patrick Shanley

Massimo Frau was born and raised in Vancouver, to a Canadian mother and an Italian father. The youngest of four boys, Massimo developed a love for movies at an early age. Able to properly use a VCR by the age of one and a half, he would be seen watching, rewinding, and re-watching films for hours. He quickly began to imitate his favourite characters, which consequently led him to doing impressions of people in his life. Having worked at his father’s Italian restaurant since the age of eleven, he has come across many characters from all walks of life who have inspired him to develop his ability of mimicry.

In high school, his drama teacher encouraged him to become more involved with the school productions. Finally joining the school play in Grade 11, his passion for storytelling was firmly set. Upon graduation, he became a part of Lyric School of Acting, an acting collective that taught methods derived from Stanislavski. His first coach encouraged him to consider his craft as a tool belt, and to add to this tool belt with anything he could, from a wide array of mentors. Developing your own method is crucial. Massimo continues this practice with his current coach, Nadine Wright, from ACT2 Studios.

Over the years, while training, Massimo has acted in independent short films and music videos, as well as occasionally stepping on the stage for amateur stand up comedy. His greatest joy is continuing to step into the skin of different characters, as he expresses various views and perspectives of the human condition.

Massimo has retained his love for films, with influences ranging from Stanley Kubrick and Akira Kurosawa to Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan. He also enjoys karaoke (where he can break out his impressions of Bob Dylan, Dean Martin, and Sinatra), camping, playing piano, and writing for theatre.