by Jennifer Castello
(Chicago, IL, USA)
God and Nick from "Thou Shalt Not Kill" (OTC 2006, Directed by Kevin Ehrhart)
Castello is a BFA Playwriting major at The Theatre School at DePaul University. She originally hails from Omaha, Nebraska, where she was a five year member of the Young Playwrights troupe at the Omaha Theatre Company under the direction of Brian Guehring. It was here she wrote her very first play, "The World According to Jack," which was produced at the Omaha Young Playwrights Festival, where it would win "Best Villain" for 2004. In 2007, Castello returned to the OTC for their Summer 2007 Season with her TYA full-length, "The King's Daughters," which then continued on for production in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in 2008.
Castello has also worked in Chicago, participating in the Ten-Minute Workshops at the Chicago Dramatists with her script, "To Arms," which will be produced at Circus Theatricals in Los Angeles this summer. In May, she will be participating in TTS's Wrights of Spring with her two new full-lengths, "Shiloh, Shake the World to Turn," and "Dantes." This past winter, her work on "Shiloh" and her one-act, "A Speech for Thomas Hawkins," won her the Zach Helm Playwriting Scholarship. In February, Castello also participated in TTS's 24 Hour Theatre and Ten Minute Plays of Today with her ten-minute pieces, "The Devil's Note" and "The Epic Chronicles of the Fellowship Which Avenged the Death of the Valley Hills Wal-Mart Greeter."
Castello is also a fiction writer whose novel, "An American Exodus," was deemed a semi-finalist for the Hidden Rivers Fiction Award. Her short stories have been published in Threshold Literary Magazine and Fine Lines Writing Journal. She currently is working closely with author Achy Obejas and the Chicago Ghost Investigators to research and write her new book, "Crossing."
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