Victoria Grazioli

Kristi Barron

Victoria was born in Morning Glory Kentucky, right at the edge of where the blue grass starts to turn brown. Growing up in rural America, her first concepts of New York City  were largely shaped by episodes of I Love Lucy. While most of her friends were dreaming of careers at Blue Grass Industries, the local sewing factory, Victoria secretly wondered what it would be like to live with Lucy and Ricky.

In high school, Victoria took her first crack at the theater world, taking part in wonderful productions she can't remember, though she's confident they didn't have sets or require a royalty fee. This was Morning Glory after all and theater wasn't a high priority. While Victoria remembers these days fondly, her theater career didn't being in earnest until she met Elmore Anderson. Elmore, the one armed finical air officer, courted Victoria to come to MSU with the winning pitch: "There are no jobs anyway, you might as well come to MSU for the summer theater program." And Victoria did. Over the next four summers she would put up a new show every two weeks each summer doing classics like The Miracle Worker and Barefoot In The Park. Victoria's favorite role over the four years was when she played Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops To Conquer. She also joined MSU's touring theater company which took her through memorable locations in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia. During this period, Victoria was hired by MCA's Theater Department to serve as the head costumer and property master, posts she held for a year and a half.

Then, upon graduation, in the middle of a recession, she had the insane idea to go to New York City and finally track down Lucy and Ricky's apartment and move in with them. She couldn't find  the building, so she settled for a place on West 15th street instead. While working various office jobs, she took classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Art and later HB Studios, where she studied the principles of Uta Hagen, who became a major influence on Victoria's work. Before long she was working with the Riverside Shakespeare Company where she split her time between acting and design. One of the most noteworthy moments coming when she measured a young Tom Hanks for a costume during their production of The Mandrake. With the Riverside Shakespeare company, Victoria alternated between theater and outdoor performances. After a number of years, Victoria found herself a new wife and mother and decided to head to Long Island.

Lucy After an eight year break from the stage, she made her way back in a Long Island production of "House of Blue Leaves" which was quickly followed by a series of other shows including playing Ouiser in "Steel Magnolias" and Mary in "The Remembered." In 2008 she took on the role of the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and met Tom Slot who was playing Tybalt. Victoria continued to work on various shows on Long Island until Tom invited her to come back to New York City for a workshop production of the first act of Father of Songs in 2011. Before long, Victoria found herself back in the city swing and branching out to film roles. Most recently she originated the role of Mrs. Greenstein in the off-off-Broadway production of Jordan Swisher's Dead Guy. She is thrilled to be a member of Original Binding Productions and looks forward to many more thrilling film and stage productions in the future.