2019 USA Fellow
This award was generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Teo Castellanos is an actor, writer, and director who works in theater, film, and television. His award-winning solo show NE 2nd Avenue toured extensively for a decade and won the 2003 Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. His most recent solo show Third Trinity was directed by Oscar winner and MacArthur Grant recipient Tarell Alvin McCraney, whom Castellanos has had a working relationship and friendship with for over 20 years.
Castellanos has toured solo and company works throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, China, and the Caribbean, and in 2003, Castellanos founded the dance and theater company Teo Castellanos D-Projects. His acting theater credits include playing Elegba in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size (Miami) and Santos in The Hittite Empire’s Skeletons of Fish (London). His film credits include playing opposite Mat Dillon in Sunlight Jr. and opposite John Leguizamo in Empire, as well as in A Change of Heart with Jim Belushi.
He is the recipient of several awards and grants including from the NEA, NEFA, MAP Fund, NPN, the Knight Arts Challenge, the Knight Foundation People’s Choice Award, and the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs. He has also won the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in 2005 and 2013. He was a 2015 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive Fellow 2015 and is a member of SAG/AFTRA and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Portrait photo by George Schiavone.