Roberta Cortese initially attended Classic Studies then graduated in Arts and Literature in Turin. She studied operatic singing in Turin and Vienna, then developed as an actress within the company of Vienna Burgtheater.
1996-2001 she worked also at Volkstheater, Schauspielhaus, Echoraum, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Schauspielhaus in Graz, with directors as Einar Schleef, Dimiter Gotscheff, Paulus Manker, Arie Zinger, Michael Scheidl and musicians as Peter Keuschnig, Peter Eötvös, Otmar Klein und Sandy Lopičić.
In 2001 she went back to Italy and from 2002 to 2008 she was dramaturge of the co-founded CineTeatro Baretti in Turin focussing on multiculturalism and music-theatre: there she started writing and translating plays and contributed in the staging of many Italian premières.
In 2005 she set her first opera though soon she turned developing her own performative projects. After one year within the association 15febbraio in 2009 she founded with Luigi Chiarella Satyrikon, focusing on contemporary drama and on cross-over of arts. Satyrikon was also a blog giving place to unreleased texts of various genres.
At the same time she went on performing as a singer/actress mostly in contemporary (music)plays, and before camera for TV-series and short movies. She worked at CineTeatro Baretti, Teatro Stabile Torino, Teatro Regio Torino, Festival delle Colline, Teatro Due Parma, Spoleto Festival, Teatro dell’Acquario Cosenza with directors like Davide Livermore, Walter Le Moli, Lorenzo Fontana and musicians like Sandy Lopicic, Andrea Chenna, Marcello Fera, Fabio Biondi. She collaborated with artist Marzia Migliora, author Elena Pugliese and with music duo Minus&Plus for MyBossWas music and movie productions.
Since 2015 she lives and works in Vienna again, but she also still works in and “for” Italy, as a performer as well as a translator.
Permanent features of her work are the strong bond to music and the research on texts. Her own plays have been performed at CineTeatro Baretti and TST Torino, among the translated authors are Dejan Dukovski, Dea Loher, George Tabori, but mainly Elfriede Jelinek, about whom she also collected several publications.
In her free time she dedicates to visual arts. Her works are often a result of researches conducted on her theatrical projects, combined with classic references.