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Dan Friedman
Artistic Director

Dan Friedman is the artistic director of the Castillo Theatre and its youth theatre, Youth Onstage and the associate dean of UX. He helped to found the Castillo theatre in 1984 and has served as its dramaturg since 1989. In 2010, he succeeded Fred Newman as artistic director of the Castillo Theatre. Friedman has written or co-written 15 plays, including a number that have been produced by Castillo and Youth Onstage! In addition to the acting, directing and producing he has done at Castillo, he has directed at La Mama E.T.C, the Nuyorican Poets Café and at a number of New York City colleges. He holds a doctorate in theatre history from the University of Wisconsin, and has been active in political, experimental and community-based theatre since the late 1960s. He helped to found Madison, Wisconsin’s Theatre-in-the-Park and New York City’s Theatre Collective and Workers’ Stage. He has taught theatre, public speaking and writing at Baruch College, Queensborough Community College, York College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He served as editor of The Cultural Politics of Heiner Müller, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), Müller in America (Castillo Cultural Center, 2003), and Still on the Corner and Other Postmodern Political Plays by Fred Newman (Castillo Cultural Center, 1998), and co-editor, with Bruce McConachie, of Theatre for Working Class Audiences in the United States, 1830-1980 (Greenwood Press, 1985). He has written for such publications as The Drama Review, Modern Drama, Communications from the International Brecht Society, and Back Stage.
  Diane Stiles
Vice President / All Stars Project of New York Programs / Managing Director, Castillo Theatre

Diane Stiles was first drawn to the Castillo Theatre as a young visual artist in the mid-1980s. After years of volunteering in every role imaginable, she joined the All Stars Project staff full-time in the late ’90s as Castillo’s managing director. In her current position Diane continues to manage all aspects of Castillo’s work, as well as overseeing the All Stars’ full portfolio of programs at its national headquarters here in New York. She received her BFA in drawing and photography from Pratt Institute, and curates the public spaces of the All Stars center when she isn’t attending to everything else.


Castillo Staff

Associate Managing Director
John Rankin, III
Theatre Sales and Fundraising Coordinator Rachel Keller
Technical Director Joseph Spirito
Volunteer and Intern Coordinator Drew Calderaro
Production Coordinator
Christian Paluck

Volunteer Staff

Artistic Associates David Nackman, Marian Rich, Cathy Rose Salit
Theatre Producers Madelyn Chapman, L. Thecla Farrell, Kate Henselmans, Jessica Massad, John Rankin III, Joseph Spirito, Diane Stiles
Resident Costume Designer EmilieCharlotte
Resident Set & Video Designer Joseph Spirito
Box Office Manager Kate Henselmans
Box Office Coordinator Margo Grant
Membership Team Diane Buscemi, Madelyn Chapman, Sandy Friedman, Liz Garcia, Emilie Knoerzer, Carolyn Kresky, Marian Rich, Liam Riordan, Alice Rydel, Vicky Wallace, Jenny Zak
Culture Talk Producer Carolyn Kresky
Resident Directing Staff Madelyn Chapman, Mary Fridley, Dan Friedman, Gabrielle L. Kurlander, David Nackman, Craig Pattison
Music Department David Belmont, Michael Walsh
Box Office Staff Maureen Albanese, Jon Arditti, Nora Bleich, Janet Crane, Caren Crawford, Margo Grant, Lois Kocis, Jeanne Ollivierre, Theresa Philips, Laurie Prose, Richard Ronner, Alice Rydel, Victoria Uribe, Marsha Weil
Costume Shop Team Emilie Charlotte, Donna Donnor, Van Tran, Sandra Javier-Santana
Scenic Shop Team Dwight Atteberry, Olivia Gazzarini, Caitlin McGuire, Mathew Mauer, Sara Noble, Jean-Marc Petit, Liam Riordan, Joseph Spirito, Nelli Toth
House Staff Director Elyse Mendel
Senior House Staff Manager Sheryl Williams
House Management Department Wanda Balines, Diane Buscemi, Angela Cajou, Miko DiGiacomo-Castillo, Jennifer Engstler, Reggie Fayton, Bonnie Gee, Alexis Golston, Allen Harris, Marcy Jellison, Emilie Knoerzer, Yvonne Lee, Efie McLean, Natasha McLeod, Andy Moss, Liam Riordan, Alice Roschuni, Laura Rivchun, Jeceita Rouse, Jessica Sun,  Sheryl Williams, Pei Ying Spirito