DEBRA CASTELLANO is what she calls an “environmental humorist.” But it didn’t happen overnight . . .
Deb has worked as a TV comedy writer in Los Angeles, and wrote and directed for the theatrical sketch comedy troupe Off-Off-Fairfax. After moving to New York, she wrote one-acts for “The A Train Plays” and “The 24 Hour Plays.” Her A Train Play, a comedy called The Rehearsal, was published in 2009 by Playscripts, Inc.
Meanwhile, she developed her chops as an advertising copywriter and book editor.
In 2011, Deb took her words to the stage, writing a solo theatrical show called Swamp Girl (who needs a therapist when you have knee pads?), which she performed in the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City. She followed it up with The Further Adventures of Swamp Girl (in which she tries to find someone besides herself to marry) in the Midtown Festival in 2012, and the L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival in March 2013. The two acts were performed as one complete show in the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival.
Deb then created and performed a 20-minute solo piece called Waste Management: The Show as an ode to one of her true loves: recycling. To that end, she enrolled in and completed a Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability at Columbia University. (It’s always something with her.)
Waste Management: The Show spun into a popular blog, CitizenDeb.com, in which she tries to save the world — or at least get people to use less plastic. And Deb is now writing a BOOK based on same. Ideas for titles are welcome.
Deb’s stories have been featured at The Moth, on the literary website Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and in the humor magazine Jest. In addition, she has written essays, screenplays, radio commercials—even an irreverent “choose your own adventure” kids novel, entitled Bilford & the Mud Men (and available for the cost of xeroxing). When not in pandemic lockdown, she also throws one heck of a party.