Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, Teo Castellanos is an actor/writer/director who works in theater, film and television. Teo received his B.F.A. in Theater from Florida Atlantic University under a full scholarship where he studied with four time Tony Award winner Zoe Caldwell. He is author of War, Revolution, and the Projects a one man trilogy, which he has toured on the east coast, as well as his one-man show NE 2ndAvenue based on Miami characters, which was commissioned and produced by Miami Light Project as part of their 2001-2002 Contemporary Performance Series and went on to be produced by Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami having a critically acclaimed successful 10-week run. You can also catch him on the silver screen opposite John Leguizamo in Empire. Teo Castellanos’ NE 2nd Avenue was awarded the International Cultural Exchange Grant by Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, which allowed Teo bring it to the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won theFringe First Award, the most prestigious theater award of the festival (past winners include Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson and Danny Hoch). It was also nominated for a South Florida Carbonell Awardfor Best New Work and was awarded Best Solo Performance by Miami New Times and Best Original Playby Miami Beach Sun Post and has toured throughout the U.S and Europe. City Link Magazine also awarded Teo Playwright of the Year 2006, and he has been nominated for the Alpert Award and twice for theUnited States Artist Award. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Teo Castellanos D-Projects, a contemporary Dance/Theater company whose original work fuses world cultures, religion and music, examining social issues through performance. D-Projects has toured South America and China and is currently touring in the U.S. withScratch & Burn a peace ritual, based on the war and funeral rituals of the Zulu tribe of South Africa using elements of Butoh, Maori war dance, Tibetan Buddhism, Yoruba chants and hip-hop vocabulary. Teo has lectured and taught theater workshops and master classes at Temple University, University of Massachusetts, Saint Michaels College, Santa Fe College, University of South Florida, Florida Memorial University and Miami- Dade Community College as well as throughout several states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For five years, he directed a theater company of youth/young adults that toured original work to jails, detention centers, residential substance abuse treatment programs and community centers carrying a message focused on H.I.V. prevention (critically acclaimed playwright Tarell Alvin Mc Craney came out of this company). Teo has been director of RAP (Rites And Passages) a men’s prison theater/drumming program at ArtSpring and Executive Producer of Miami Project Hip Hop (MPH), an annual event produced by Miami Light Project that honors Hip Hop roots and aesthetics. He is coach of the Tigertail Productions Spoken Word Team that competes annually at Brave New Voices, a national competition produced by Youth Speaks. He is currently developing D-Project’s next commissioned work, Fat Boy. Teo is a practitioner of Zen and is currently studying to be ordained as a Dharma Teacher. He is the recipient of the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship 2005. He is a former member of the men of color, theater collective, The Hittite Empire, based in Los Angeles, with which he has toured in the U.S. and to London, England. He also toured Cuba as part of the Parece Blanca cast, a theater production that brought for the first time in history Cuban artist in exile to work with artist living on the island to form a unified cast. While in Cuba, Teo performed excerpts of NE 2nd Avenue at the renowned theater communeTeatro Escambray. He was curator of the solo performance stage for George Sanchez Calderon’s Miami Mid Town Mid-Way installation for Art Basel 2003. Mr. Castellanos has served on several grants/awards panels including: National Endowment for the Arts, Theater Professionals, Individual Artist Interdisciplinary Fellowship, Emmy for Latin American Children’s Programming, Here and Now and New Forms Miami. He is a member of Screen Actors Guild and is Associate Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and is represented in Europe by Universal Arts.