Since obtaining a BFA from the University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre Department 20 years ago, Michael Rinaldi has been working as an actor, sound designer and writer. He has collaborated with some of Canada’s most exciting theatre artists at Theatre Calgary, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Great Canadian Theatre Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club Theatre Company, Electric Company, Old Trout Puppet Workshop and more. Rinaldi’s select onscreen credits include: Fringe, Dark Matter, Once Upon a Time, Workin’ Moms, Murdoch Mysteries and multiple commercials. His writing for theatre spans sketch comedy to musical theatre to historical vaudeville, and eventually transitioned to the screen when his play, Toothpaste and Cigars (co-written with TJ Dawe) was adapted to Michael Dowse’s 2013 feature film, The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. Currently, Rinaldi is producing the short film, Dove, starring Juno Rinaldi (Workin’ Moms), Shaun Smythe (Fringe) and Meghan Charpentier (It), and optioned a favourite Canadian novel to adapt to series.
Which TV show’s writing room do you wish you could have been a part of and why?
"Breaking Bad was busting with creativity and innovation. The writing was tight, energetic and disciplined while subverting expectations and maintaining a fantastic sense of humour."