Raimondo Cortese graduated from VCA School of Drama in 1993. He is a founding and ongoing member of Ranters Theatre, serving as Artistic Director from 1994 - 2001. Ranters have been regularly programmed in many prestigious international performing arts festivals and venues since 1999, and performed in over a dozen countries, including numerous developments and residencies, such as at the Royal National Theatre Studio in 2011.
Raimondo has written over thirty plays and texts for theatre, including Features of Blown Youth, Roulette, St Kilda Tales, The Wall and more recently, Holiday, which won a 2007 Green Room Award for Best Australian Writing; The Dream Life of Butterflies for the Melbourne Theatre Company; Intimacy, which premiered at the Malthouse Theatre for the 2010 Melbourne International Festival of the Arts; and an adaptation of Threepenny Opera for Victorian Opera/Malthouse Theatre, which was also performed at the Sydney Theatre Company in 2011. He was the recipient of a 2010 Australian Leadership Award, and was awarded the inaugural Patrick White Fellowship by the STC in 2011.
His most recent work was Buried City, an Urban Theatre Projects/Belvoir St/2012 Sydney Festival co-production; Murder, for Erth and the 2013 Sydney and Adelaide Festivals, and Ten Days on the Island, Festival. Come Away With Me to the End of The World premiered at The Malthouse Theatre in 2016, before touring to the Dublin International Festival. He has also written for film, including The Boy Castaways and Mosquito, as well as radio, and visual and experimental texts. His fiction includes a collection of short stories - The Indestructible Corpse (Text Publishing 1998). He teaches script writing master classes both here and overseas, and is a Senior Lecturer and Postgrad Coordinator for the Masters of Writing for Performance course at VCA School of Performing Arts, University of Melbourne.