FILM & THEATRE DIRECTOR - CASTING DIRECTOR - TEACHING ARTIST
Aleta Chappelle began her career in the film industry at Francis Coppola's ZOETROPE STUDIOS, where she assisted in the casting of THE OUTSIDERS, RUMBLE FISH, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, THE COTTON CLUB and more. She soon advanced to the level of casting director and some of her credits included:
SISTER ACT 2
NEW YORK STORIES
BEVERLY HILLS COP 2
and RAMBLING ROSE
In 2015 the POCONO MOUNTIAN FILM FESTIVAL present Ms. Chappelle with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the area of Casting. The CASTING SOCIETY of AMERICA nominated her for a Best Casting Award for two of the HBO films she cast - LIFE SUPPORT and INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE starring Halle Berry. She won a BLACK REEL and URBAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL Best Ensemble Casting Award for the feature film MOOZ-LUM.
Ms. Chappelle’s feature film directorial debut was the hit comedy GOOSED starring Jennifer Tilly, Joan Rivers, Damon Wayans, and the film was executive produced by her mentor Francis Coppola. She has since directed numerous short films, documentary projects and several other feature films. Her feature film ROMEO & JULIET IN HARLEM was invited to screen at numerous film festivals from London to Los Angeles, and the film has enjoyed a record breaking educational distribution release. Her production company also has numerous theatre and film projects in development.
For the stage she directed MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Botanical Garden in Lisbon, Portugal during July 2022. It was the 9th Shakespeare play she has directed in her career. She wrote and directed the workshop production of the MARY ELLEN PLEASANT STORY at the Off-Broadway Kaufman Theatre and the Off-Off Broadway play THE CONCEPT OF LOVE starring Julianna Margulies. In 2005, Ms. Chappelle founded the HARLEM CHILDRENʼS THEATRE, and when in New York City she continues to volunteer her time to teach free acting classes for children, and direct the children in performances presented also for free, at libraries and nursing homes throughout Harlem.
In addition, Ms. Chappelle is a renowned ACTING TEACHER, who has taught adult and children's classes in New York, Lisbon, and Berlin. She also continues to offer her
services to Studio and Independent filmmakers.
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