• Bios Home
Castellino, Bill

Bill Castellino directed and choreographed the world premieres of THE SINGING WEATHERMAN (starring Ron Holgate) by Jim McGinn, Keith Herrman, and Larry Goodsight and BREATHE by Michael Biello and Dan Martin. Mr Castellino directed and choreographed STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF, starring Peter Scolari and Stephanie Zimbalist for A&E Television and the award-winning world premiere of HAPPY HOLIDAYS (a seasonal musical that he created) at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Mr. Castellino directed and choreographed the world premieres of HEARTBEATS (which he co-created with Amanda McBroom) at the Old Globe Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Sacramento Music Circus, Florida Studio Theatre, National Tour, etc.; A HOUSE DIVIDED by Grammy-winning composer Mike Reid; Jim McGinn's family drama BEFORE YOU GO at Seven Angels Theatre; and the hit musical revue, THE NEW PUNIMS (co-writer) in Florida. Other world premieres: Elizabeth Swados WE ARE NOT STRANGERS, Loren Paul Caplin's A SUBJECT OF CHILDHOOD (WPA), WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE (West Side Arts), COCONUTS AND SUICIDE (produced in L.A. by the Mount Company), and CITY MUZIK (co-authored with Mr. Caplin) in Boston. At the NY Shakespeare Festival, Mr. Castellino directed FANTASMA (in the Festival Latino) and staged and choreographed Swados' JONAH.

Mr. Castellino directed and choreographed award-winning productions of RAP MASTER RONNIE by Garry Trudeau and Elizabeth Swados in Boston, Washington, DC, Sarasota, and Chicago (where he won the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award) and co-directed in L.A. and San Francisco. Mr. Castellino choreographed RAP MASTER RONNIE for HBO/Cinemax and the Showtime Variety Special "Martin Mull's Talent Takes a Holiday!"

Winner of eight DRAMA LOGUE Awards, four LA WEEKLY Awards, and nominated for the San Diego Drama Critics' Award. More than twenty productions directed by Mr. Castellino have been honored with awards.

Mr. Castellino directed and choreographed ABYSSINIA (to inaugurate the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center in Nyack, NY), EVITA (with Paige O'Hara and Willy Falk), CHESS, ...AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND, FANTASTICKS (with Pat Paulson and George Chikaris), IDENTICAL TWINS FROM BALTIMORE (at Playhouse 91, NYC), NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY (Berkshire Theatre Festival), and Swados' ALICE IN CONCERT in Philadelphia. At the Smithsonian Institute, he directed and choreographed PLANET IONESCOPADE (a musical vaudeville of Ionesco's short plays and poems) with Liliane Montevecchi. Mr. Castellino is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for SLAM! a NYC based percussion and rhythm-dance group entertaining at corporate events and benefits around the U.S.

Mr. Castellino directed both Ann Hampton Callaway and Amanda McBroom at their Carnegie Hall debuts and Ms. Callaway in her award-winning engagements at the Ballroom (NYC), the Cinegrill (LA) and two critically acclaimed appearances at Rainbow & Stars. He was selected to direct "A Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber" at USC where Lord Lloyd Webber was awarded an honorary degree; and co-directed "a Gala Tribute to Jule Styne" (with Tony Bennett, Barbara Cook, Linda Hopkins) at the Marriott Marquis in NYC. Mr. Castellino directed and choreographed Swados acclaimed pop-opera ESTHER in Boston and for two European Tours. His award-winning production of Tom Lehrer's TOM FOOLERY played at the Florida Studio Theatre, the Payne Theatre in Austin, and toured South America.

West coast premieres: John Byrne's THE SLAB BOYS (starring Dennis Christopher, Zelda Rubenstein), Swados' NIGHTCLUB CANTATA and LULLABY AND GOODNIGHT, Nancy Falles Garret's PLAYING IN LOCAL BANDS, the highly successful remounting of Cliff Jones rock opera of HAMLET called SOMETHING'S ROCKIN' IN DENMARK, and IONESCOPADE by Eugene Ionesco with music by Mildred Kayden.

Other credits: CAROUSEL, WEST SIDE STORY, THE PRIVATE EAR, John Guare and Galt MacDermott's TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, CABARET, WHO'S AFRAID OF LIZZIE BORDEN. Choreographic credits: SNOOPY TANIA JACKIE (The Wilbur Theatre, Boston), FANSHEN, THE DIARY OF A MADMAN, HAIR and ABC'S "All My Children."

Mr. Castellino has developed and written several other musicals: STEEL TOWN (a contemporary rock drama examining life in America's Rust Belt) with Loren Paul Caplin, A VERY SPECIAL WEEKEND (the musical soap opera) with Gerald Sternbach and Dan Fendel; and BRAIN HOTEL (choreographed and co-composed) for the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival. New works in development: LIZZIE BORDEN (by Christopher McGovern and Amy Powers), BLUE BABY (by Camille Saviola), BIG EASY BLUE (a fictionalized history of the demise of Storyville in 1917), and THE GOSPEL TRUTH (a reworking of the Orpheus myth set in present day rural Mississippi).

Mr. Castellino wrote, directed and choreographed all the revue entertainment for Holland America Cruise Lines' SS Rotterdam and MS Westerdam from 1988 to 1992. Mr. Castellino directed THE LOVE SONGS OF SONDHEIM AND RODGERS for cabaret artist Belle Linda Halperin (Green Street, Club Cabaret, 88's, Maxim's), staged Motown recording artists The Coyote Sisters (The Wiltern in LA At My Place in Santa Monica), directed the jazz trio Shaike, Wilder and Young (Merkin Hall, Danny's, Algonquin). He has taught at Boston University and the University of Texas. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Shows Associated this writer

Songs Associated this writer

    Concerts Associated this writer