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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 Liz Garcia
Technical Director Joseph Spirito
Volunteer and Intern Coordinator Robert Mowring

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 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
Music Department David Belmont, Michael Walsh
Box Office Staff Maureen Albanese, Nora Bleich, Caren Crawford, Janine Eggers, Margo Grant, Jeanne Ollivierre, Theresa Philips, Richard Ronner, Alice Rydel, Victoria Uribe, Marsha Weil
Costume Shop Team Emilie Charlotte, Donna Donnor, Rebecca Moore, Joleen Small, Alex Tapia, Esra Terhan, Victoria Uribe
Scenic Shop Team Dwight Atteberry, Zokirjon Ergashev, Caitlin McGuire, Heather McGuire, Helen Ran, Liam Riordan, Joseph Spirito, Nelli Toth, Lester Vecsey
House Staff Director Elyse Mendel
House Staff Manager Sheryl Williams
House Management Department Diane Buscemi, Angela Cajou, Jennifer Engstler, Melanie Freeman, Bonnie Gee, Allen Harris, Lauren Jacobs, Emilie Knoerzer, Yvonne Lee, Tara Lewis, Olivia Luna, Efie McLean, Kathy McKenna, Andy Moss, Chris Nicholson, Tanner-Rey Perez, Liam Riordan, Alice Roschuni, Jeceita Rouse, Jamela Stevens, Jessica Sun, Marsha Weil, Michele Q. Williams, Sheryl Williams, Pei Ying Spirito
Cafe Manager Chris Nicholson