Lorenzo Pisoni's performance is breathtaking.

--- New York Times


Lorenzo began performing in 1978 in his parents’ circus, The Pickle Family Circus.  During his career as a circus performer he worked in many circuses, including Cirque Du Soleil, as a clown, juggler, aerialist, acrobat, ringmaster, working in Asia, Europe and all over of the US.

In 1999, he retired after 20 years as a circus artist and moved to New York City where began working as an actor. Since then he has performed on Broadway and Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theater Club, The Public Theater, Second Stage with actors such as Richard Griffiths, Daniel Radcliffe, Kevin Kline, Marcia Gay Harden, Ethan Hawke, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Waterston, Blair Brown, Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Jimmy Smits, Kristen Johnston, and Jobeth Williams.  He’s also worked around the country at South Coast Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, The McCarter Theater, Seattle Repertory Theater, and The Guthrie Theater.

On camera, Lorenzo has been seen in The Adjustment Bureau and Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son and on television in Elementary, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order: CI, The Good Wife, Mysteries of Laura, and All My Children.

Currently, when Lorenzo isn’t acting on television, he’s using his expertise as part of the creative teams for Disney's FROZEN which made its Broadway debut in February of 2018 as well as BEETLEJUICE, The Musical, coming to Broadway in the Spring of 2019. As a physical comedy choreographer and director, he’s collaborated with Alex Timbers, Michael Grandage, Rob Ashford, Jeremy Herrin, Tina Landau, Alan Arkin, Elaine May, and Bill Irwin for both theatre and film projects.

In Sept of 2013, the award winning solo show, HUMOR ABUSE, created by Lorenzo and Erica Schmidt, based on true stories about being raised in a circus with a clown for a father - originally presented by Manhattan Theatre Club in the Spring 2009 - culminated its 4 year run around the country in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group's The Mark Taper Forum. The success of this play inspired producers Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, and Eden Wurmfeld to help Lorenzo direct his first documentary feature, Circus Kid, with Executive Producer, Daniel Radcliffe. The film has been screened around the USA in numerous festivals including The Mill Valley Film Festival, The Woodstock Film Festival, DOC: NYC, Florida Film Festival and The Berkshire International Film Festival. CIRCUS KID is now available on the SundanceNOW streaming service. Visit the film's site for more info.



Lorenzo Pisoni



Lorenzo Pisoni




CIRCUS KID   Himself   Dir. Lorenzo Pisoni

NIGHTFIRE    Agent Carter  Dir. Brando Benetton

LOTUS TIL RECKONING    Gabe   Dir. David McElfresh

BIG MOMMAS HOUSE 3   Dmitri  Dir. John Whitesell

ADJUSTMENT BUREAU   Adjustment Clerk  Dir. George Nolfi

COMPANY RETREAT   Fadio   Dir. Campbell Scott

SOUTH OF PICO    Henry  Dir. Ernst Gossner       


Elementary  Gardner CBS (Christine Moore, dir)

Law & Order: SVU  Brandan Cahill  NBC (Michael Pressman, dir)

Mysteries of Laura   Michael Devlin NBC (McG, dir)

The Good Wife  Garret Yates  CBS (Rosemary Rodriguez, dir)

Law & Order: CI   Ethan Johns  NBC (Tom DiCillo, dir)     

All My Children   DA Willis (recurring)  ABC

THEATRE (selected) 

THE EXPLORERS CLUB  Lucius  Manhattan Theatre Club

MEASURE FOR MEASURE    Duke Vincentio  NYSF/The Public Theater 

ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL    Dumaine  NYSF/The Public Theater

HUMOR ABUSE  Self  MTC, PTC, SRT, ACT, CTG (co-created with Erica Schmidt)

EQUUS    Nugget/ Horseman  Broadway

INJURED PARTY  Hans/Others South Coast Rep

DEVIL’S DISCIPLE   Dick Dudgeon  Irish Repertory Theatre

ELECTION DAY    Jerry Clark   Second Stage

THE GREAT GATSBY    Jay Gatsby  The Guthrie Theater/Seattle Rep

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE     Mitch Albom   Seattle Repertory Theater

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM  Demetrius/Flute  Lincoln Center Theatre/NYPhil


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING   Claudio NYSF/The Public Theatre

HENRY IV    John of Lancaster  Lincoln Center Theatre, Broadway

LAST DANCE   Cab  Manhattan Theatre Club

AS YOU LIKE IT      Orlando/Oliver    The Public Theatre

THE TEMPEST       Ferdinand     The McCarter Theatre

THE ILLUSION      Adraste     NJ Shakespeare Festival    

ROMEO AND JULIET     Romeo    Shakespeare and Co. 

ARMS AND THE MAN    Capt. Bluntschli     Barrington Stage Co.        

TROILUS & CRESSIDA      Paris     Theatre For New Audience

CIRCUS (selected)

MYSTERE                                            Cirque du Soleil        

VIVA! MUSICAL CIRCUS                   Banana Musical Circus/Japan    

PICKLE FAMILY CIRCUS                    Pickle Family Circus 1978-1989    


Beetlejuice - Alex Timbers, dir

Disney's Frozen - Michael Grandage, dir

Spongbob Square Pants - Tina Landau, dir

Noises Off, Broadway - Jeremy Herrin, dir 

See Spot Run - John Whitesell, dir for Warner Brothers

Taller Than A Dwarf, Broadway - Alan Arkin, dir

Harlequin Studies, Signature Theatre, Off Broadway - Bill Irwin, dir


Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle NY, Los Angeles Critics Circle, Bay Area Critics Circle Awards