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Over 30 years as a professional actress and supporter of the arts:
Linda Castro: Recipient of several Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Outstanding Theatrical Event and Top Ten Best Actress awards for her work as an actor and producer in San Diego, including three Craig Noel Awards, two Patte Awards, and one each from Drama-Logue and Backstage West. She's also won acclaim for her regional work: named Best Actress in a Comedy by the American Stage Theatre in Florida. She has been featured several times in the San Diego Union, The San Diego Reader, and PBS Magazine. A sampling of her stage credits includes Irene in La Gaviota, The Woman in The Unexpected Man, Seraphina delle Rosa in The Rose Tattoo, Kimberly in Kimberly Akimbo, Prospero in The Tempest, Abby in Desire Under the Elms, Charlotta in The Cherry Orchard, Eurydice in the Oedipus trilogy, The Whole World’s Watching, The Mouth in Not I, Old Man Wilder in Cross-dressing in the Depression; and several appearances for the national Playwrights Project and other public arts organizations.
Linda as also been involved with schools and community outreach programs: two seasons for the La Jolla Playhouse POP tour; which brings original works to schools to educate students about the arts by presenting plays about issues that concern kids their age; six seasons with The Ensemble Arts Theatre, touring schools with a water conservation show that included historical and scientific information in an artistic presentation; and one season with Literature Alive!, a school touring show that brings various children’s books to the stage to encourage young students to read. Forums and discussions with students and teachers are an integral part of these outreach programs. Ms. Castro remains involved with the Playwrights Project teaching middle-school students about writing, the arts, language, and communication skills.
Ms. Castro has taught beginning and intermediate acting and scene study classes to adults and young adults at several performing arts schools: The Beck Center for Performing Arts in Cleveland, OH; the Academy for Performing Arts in San Diego, CA; and The Junior Theatre of San Diego. She often leads impromptu tai-chi classes and has done movement workshops at the Lansing YWCA (Lansing, MI) and the Actors Alliance of San Diego. She has completed over 30 weeks of Viewpoints training with SITI director, Anne Bogart, and often leads such workshops for various theatre companies during production weeks. She's taught theatre intro classes at Calif. State Univ. Long Beach for non-majors. Currently she is teaching Audition and Basic Acting techniques for adults at the Hawaii Filmmakers Collective located in Kaimuki, Oahu. She is a member-at-large on their BOD and serves on the finance committee.
As co-founder and director of the award-winning Grass Roots Greeks, she has directed and co-produced over 50 staged readings of the Greek tragedies, covering the entire canon of the extant plays. She has served as Artistic Director of the Greek reading series at 6th @ Penn Theatre, and produced the Greek reading series at the Centro de la Raza in Balboa Park. The Grass Roots Greeks offered the readings (followed by a forum) to the public as part of their community outreach mission. The group also presented readings and forums at local colleges and high schools, as well as for other organizations such as the Hellenic Society. Under her leadership, the Grass Roots Greeks also produced a staged reading of Lysistrata as part of the international Lysistrata Project, to make a peaceful protest against the Iraq War and raise funds for Doctors without Borders.
Ms. Castro is also the co-founder/producer of L² Productions which brought The Vagina Monologues to the Lyceum Theatre and raised $20,000 for rape crisis centers and shelters for abused women in the San Diego area. She was part of the Design and Performance Jury at San Diego State University’s annual presentation by MFA students in the areas of Set Design, Directing and Acting.
TV and film credits include co-starring and recurring roles on ER, The Shield, Veronica Mars Cold Case, Philly, Top Dog, Bloodhounds, Silk Stalkings, The Gatekeeper, The OJ Simpson Story, Terriers, From the Chest, Ticker, Aloha Undertakers, The Tale of the Circle Keys. Ms. Castro has served on the boards of various theatre and arts organizations. She holds a degree in theatre arts from the University of California, Irvine. Linda is a member of the SAG-AFTRA guild and Actors Equity Association. A full copy of her demo reel can be seen on the following web links: http://www.imdb.me/lindacastro or www.lindacastro.com
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Aloha Undertakers (2015)
witty, contemporary, darkly funny!
The summary says it all -- plus the cinematography, set design,wardrobe, make up and graphics (all in addition to the writing and directing) are spot on. Giliani Sumida-Moiseff and Kiran Chitanvis wrote and directed. They make a great team, using excellent film and directing techniques to bring together a complex, but united plot that is both funny and dramatic. Attention to details (e.g. the graphics in the news stories) and a flair for comedy, and gallows humor make this series very watchable! Using a local on O'ahu (Hawaii) and edited with precision, the duo bring out the best in performance from the actors. Playful and deadly are two adjectives that come to mind for the performances and directing style. We hope to see more from the series as well as from both of the talented writers and film makers.