Located in the All Stars Project’s performing arts and development center in the heart of New York’s theatre district on West 42nd Street, the Castillo Theatre has produced over 175 productions, from multicultural and avant-garde plays to musical theatre and performance art. In each of its diverse productions, Castillo provides a creative environment in which people of all ages can produce and experience theatre that deals with contemporary and historical social issues.
The Castillo Theatre was established in 1984 by a collective of political activist/artists. Privately funded from the beginning, Castillo's work features improvisation, the works of the late Fred Newman and of German avant-gardist and Brecht protégé, Heiner Müller (among others), and youth productions. It serves as a multi-racial home for Black theatre, and since 2007, has enjoyed a producing partnership with Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre. Click here for a chronology of Castillo’s producing over the years.
Castillo has a long tradition of using selected opening nights as an opportunity to recognize and support community-based, non-profit cultural organizations. Click here for a list of grant recipients.
The Castillo Theatre is a program of the All Stars Project, Inc., and works side by side with its youth programs, the All Stars Talent Show Network, the Development School for Youth, and the performance school, Youth Onstage! Castillo serves as the theatre department of UX, an education and development initiative that offers free workshops and cultural outings for people of all ages.
About the All Stars Project
The All Stars Project, Inc. (ASP) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting human development through the use of an innovative performance-based model. The ASP creates innovative outside-of-school, educational and performing arts activities for tens of thousands of poor and minority young people. It sponsors community and experimental theatre, develops leadership training and pursues volunteer initiatives that build and strengthen communities. The ASP actively promotes supplementary education and the performance-learning model in academic and civic arenas. [To learn more, click here for www.allstars.org]
The award-winning Talented Volunteer program of the ASP actively recruits and orients hundred of new volunteers each year. The programs of the ASP are made possible through the generosity of our donors and the dedication of our volunteers. [click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities]
Gabrielle L. Kurlander is the president and CEO of the All Stars Project.
Dan Friedman is the artistic director of the Castillo Theatre.
Diane Stiles is the managing director of the Castillo Theatre, and director of the Talented Volunteer program.
Special Events and Projects
Each year the Castillo Theatre hosts the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre. The Ottos, named after Guatemalan poet and revolutionary Otto René Castillo, recognize the achievement of individuals and theatre companies who conceive, produce and foster the development of innovative and socially challenging theatre. click here to learn more
Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest, named for two political playwrights, seeks new scripts that engage the political/cultural questions affecting the world today. Each year, Castillo receives submissions from around the globe and produces readings of the contest winners each August. click here to learn more
The All Stars Project co-sponsors Performing the World, along with the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy. International, cross-disciplinary, conversational, experiential, and practical-critical, the PTW conference is open to all. The 2014 conference will be held at the All Stars’ performance and development center on West 42nd Street in October of 2014. click here for more information