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Dan Friedman
Artistic Director

Dan Friedman is the Artistic Director of the Castillo Theatre and its youth theatre, Youth Onstage. 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 / Theatre
All Stars Project

Diane Stiles is a fine arts photographer who received her BFA in drawing from Pratt Institute.  Prior to coming to the All Stars Project, she held positions in the non-profit cultural world at the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Merce Cunningham Foundation, the College Board, and at Jack Morton Worldwide. Applying her non-profit cultural experience to the experimental atmosphere of the All Stars Project, Ms. Stiles became the full-time managing director of the Castillo Theatre in the mid-1980s.  She now oversees all aspects of the All Stars' theatre operations, including production, fundraising, sales, calendar, budgeting and staffing.  Ms. Stiles has guided Castillo's growth as a leading political theatre in New York City, building relationships and collaborations with playwrights, theatre artists and companies such as Woodie King, Jr. and his New Federal Theatre, Desmond Richardson, Ntozake Shange, Ed Bullins, and the Negro Ensemble Company.  Under Ms. Stiles' leadership, Castillo has become an American home for Heiner Müller's work.  Ms. Stiles is executive producer of the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre, an annual event recognizing political artists and theatre companies around the world.  Ms. Stiles also directs the All Stars' volunteer department; and in keeping with her wide-ranging interest in the arts, she curates the exhibit space at All Stars Project national headquarters on West 42nd Street. 


Castillo Staff

Theatre Sales and Marketing Director Gail Peck
Technical Director Kenneth Horgan
Resident Set and Video Designer Joseph Spirito
Youth Onstage! Program Manager Brian D. Hills
Volunteer and Intern Coordinator Craig Bannister
Production Coordinator Andy Allis
Production Manager John Rankin, III

Volunteer Staff

Artistic Associates David Nackman, Marian Rich, Cathy Rose Salit
Youth Onstage! Artistic Associate Craig Pattison
Theatre Producers Madelyn Chapman, L. Thecla Farrell, Kate Henselmans, Jessica Massad, John Rankin III, Diane Stiles
Resident Costume Designer EmilieCharlotte
Box Office Manager Kate Henselmans
Box Office Coordinator Margo Grant
Volunteer Technical Staff Manager L. Thecla Farrell
Membership Team Carolyn Kresky, Gail Peck, Marian Rich, Alice Rydel, Diane Stiles, Vicky Wallace
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, Anna Byers, Caren Crawford, Rosalynn Evans, Jazmine Foxhall, Lisa Mejia, Inga Nogueira, Jeanne Ollivierre, Theresa Phillips, Richard Ronner, Rebecca Rosado, Marsha Weil, Lan Yao
Costume Shop Team Nief Abraham, Airton, Donna Donnor, Lauren Feiner, John Albert Figueroa, Ashley Palacios, Yvonne Romero 
House Staff Manager Elyse Mendel
Scenic Shop Team Carmelo Citera, Chris Howard, Rosa Lowenheim, Caitlin McGuire, Richard Ronner
House Management Department Sarah Bloomquist, Diane Buscemi, Caren Crawford, Jennifer Engstler, Sandy Friedman, Allen Harris, Lauren Horn, Emilie Knoerzer, Yvonne Lee, Tara Lewis, Efua McClean, Maurice Mondesire, Andy Moss, George Pedraza, Betty Reuben, Christian Rodriguez, Jeceita Rouse, Rebecca Schwarz, Esviandy Serrano, Jamela Stevens, Bernard Tarver, Sheryl Williams
Cafe Manager Betty Reuben