Martin Casella | Network Writer

Martin Casella currently teaches a playwriting at the Harvey Milk High School in NYC. He previously taught playwriting at his alma mater, California Institute of the Arts. He is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, the Writer’s Guild of America, Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. His two new plays are: Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead, about the lifelong friendship between two men (winner, Chicago Pride’s Great Gay Play Contest, 2013) and The Report, an adaptation of Jessica Francis Kane’s novel about the official investigation into London’s worst civilian accident during World War II. He is writing Miss Maude, a play about the meeting in the 1950’s between South Carolina midwife Maude Callen and Life Magazine photo-journalist Eugene Smith. Also in the works is jazz musical Club Dangerous, and another musical collaboration with Play It Cool director Sharon Rosen. In film/television Casella has written for Steven Spielberg, Kerry Washington, Anthony Edwards, Dan Petrie Jr., John Milius, Disney, Universal, Warners and Paulist Productions. Past TV projects include the film Behind the Lens for CBS; Daddy’s Girl, an HBO pilot; and the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. Casella recently wrote the feature film Tom’s Dad, to be directed by three-time Oscar-nominee Lasse Hallstrom, starring Will Ferrell. He is adapting David Johnson’s play Busted Jesus Comix for the big screen for director Leon Joosen, and also working with Mr. Joosen on the British animated film Reds and Grays. As an actor, Casella can be seen in the Steven Spielberg/Tobe Hooper classic Poltergeist; and in RobotCop II, Amazon Women on the Moon, Six Weeks, Double Switch, My Wicked, Wicked Ways, and A Hint of Scandal. Plays: The Irish Curse (Off-Broadway, London, Edinburgh, Dublin; L.A. – GLAAD nomination; FringeNYC – Outstanding Playwriting Award, Vancouver; published by Samuel French); Scituate (Best New Play, SCFTA); Mates (L.A. WEEKLY, Dramalogue Awards, Best New Play), Paydirt, Desert Fire, Beautiful Dreamer, Grand Junction, The Big Enchilada and George Bush Goes to Hell. He wrote the book for the musicals Paper Moon, Happy Holidays, Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll, Saint Heaven, Doo-Dah!, and cowrote the book for the musical Play It Cool (Off-Broadway, GLAAD and Outer Critics Circle nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical). His plays have been seen at, among others, Theatre Row, Soho Playhouse, TBG, Linhart and Access Theatres (New York); Pasadena Playhouse, Odyssey, Coast Playhouse, the Cast, the Coronet (Los Angeles);Village Theatre, Group Theatre (Seattle); Bailiwick, Theatre Building (Chicago); Stage One (Wichita); Paper Mill Playhouse (New Jersey); Goodspeed Opera House, Stanford Center for the Arts (Connecticut); Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia); Ford’s Theatre (Washington); in Tokyo and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada.

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