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.
Several of my stage plays have been produced in Los Angeles and New York including “Frank’s Lot,” adapted from my novella, at the Haunted Cabaret Theater in Hollywood and “Headmaster” at The Ohio Theater in New York. I also produced and directed three of my plays, “Laundry,” “Sprout,” and “Foreplay” at the 2100 Square Feet Theater in Los Angeles.
In 2009, I moved my show “Foreplay” to New York where out of fifty plays it was nominated by the Network One Act Festival for best writer, best director, best show and won best writer and best actor. After The Network One Act Festival, I was invited by the producers at The New York Theater Workshop to set up a staged performance of “Foreplay”as part of their New Playwrights Readings Series. A month later “Foreplay” represented NYTW at The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. In 2010, I wrote and directed “Birthday Duet” which performed at the Cell Theater and later made it to the final round at the 2010 Network OAF.
In 2014 my play “Laundry” won the audience award at the Unchained Festival in Long Island City and two of my actors were nominated for best performance.
In April, 2017 my play “Hellgate” was produced and competed in the final round of the 2nd NTC Festival at the Barrow Group Theatre. All of my actors were nominated and one of them won for best performance.
In September 2017 my play “Three Kings” was produced and competed in the final round of the 3rd NTC Festival at the Barrow Group Theatre. Two of my actors won best performance. Another actor was nominated. I was nominated for best director and best play.
I also co-wrote, produced, and directed a short film entitled “The Matchstick Man,” which was honored by the Directors Guild of America as one of the best short films of 2005.