ULTIMATE GUEST SPEAKER
Actor, Author, Musician
Michael Imperioli is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Perfume Burned His Eyes published in 2018 by Akashic Books. He is best known for his Emmy winning performance as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos. He also wrote five episodes of the show and was co-screenwriter of the film Summer of Sam directed by Spike Lee. Imperioli has appeared in six of Lee’s films and has also acted in films by Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, Walter Hill, Peter Jackson and The Hughes Brothers. Michael and his wife Victoria founded and were artistic directors of the off-Broadway theater Studio Dante which was dedicated to new works of theater.
Michael has been involved in the New York City rock and roll scene since the mid-80’s when he played guitar in the post-punk/no wave band Black Angus with filmmaker Tom Gilroy. He was the lyricist and singer for a trio that eventually became the band Wild Carnations as well as forming the band Zopa. Zopa has played shows in the USA and Europe.