David Bellantoni–Casting Director/Writer/Director
I started casting in Los Angeles in 1994 and moved back home to New York to continue my work in the casting business in 2005. I’ve worked on a wide variety of projects such as national network commercials, network promos, political ads, feature films, short films, documentaries, corporate industrials, music videos, PSA’s, webisodes and voice-overs for both TV and radio spots.
Some of the directors I’ve worked with include: David Fincher, Tom Hooper, Tony Scott, Peter Berg, John Singleton, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Doug Liman, Phil Morrison, and Errol Morris. I’m currently a Casting Director with one of the busiest companies in New York, Beth Melsky Casting.
In September 2016 I began work as a professor at the Pace School of Performing Arts instructing on-camera classes entitled “Acting for Film/TV” in the BFA program. I’ve also guest lectured at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Adelphi University, NYU Tisch, The Boston Conservatory, The Maggie Flanigan Studio, The Actor’s Green Room, The Actor’s Connection, ACT NOW, Weist-Barron, One on One and Paul Michael’s The Network NYC. I’m also a frequent contributor to Backstage’s “Commercial Break” Advice column.
When not casting, I write and direct stage plays several of which were successfully produced in Los Angeles and New York including “Frank’s Lot,” adapted from my novella (Haunted Cabaret, Hollywood), “Laundry,” “Sprout and “Foreplay” (2100 Square Feet, Los Angeles) Foreplay was nominated for a Garland Award in Los Angeles.
“Foreplay” moved to NY( The Barrow Group) where it won best actor and best writer at The Network One Act Festival and then moved to The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts (Theatre for the New City) where it represented the New York Theater Workshop.
“Laundry” moved to NY (Chain Theater) where it won the audience award at the Unchained Festival in Long Island City and two of my actors were nominated for best performance.
For five seasons I’ve been a resident playwright/director at the Network Theatre Company’s New Short Play Festival (Barrow Group & American Theatre of Actors). I wrote and directed five plays during this time which were nominated for over a dozen awards and won best actor/actress six times and I won best director for my play “The Match,” in 2019.
I also wrote, produced and directed a film, “Three Kings” which is currently showing on the festival circuit.