Aleta Chappelle is an award-winning casting director who began her career in the film industry at Francis Ford Coppolaʼs ZOETROPE STUDIOS in Hollywood, working as a casting assistant. She soon advanced to casting director and now has over 25 feature film credits, working with some of the world’s top directors: Francis Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Roland Emmerich, Wim Wenders, Bill Duke, Keenan Wayans and Martha Coolidge.
The POCONO MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL presented her with a Casting Director Career Achievement Award in 2013. She is a member of the CASTING SOCIETY of AMERICA (CSA), which nominated her for a Best TV Movie Casting Award for two of the HBO films she cast; INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE and LIFE SUPPORT. She served as associate producer and casting director on the feature film MOOZ-LUM, which won both the BLACK REEL and the URBAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL Best Ensemble Cast Award.
Ms. Chappelleʼs feature film directing debut was the hit comedy GOOSED starring Jennifer Tilly, Joan Rivers, Damon Wayans and it was executive produced by her mentor Francis Ford Coppola. In 2018 she directed the feature film ROMEO & JULIET IN HARLEM, which made cinematic history as the first Shakespeare adaptation of the play to stay true to the language and have a complete cast of color. The film screened at festivals in New York, Los Angeles and London, and it continues to enjoy a record breaking educational distribution release.
In 2011, she founded the HARLEM CHILDRENʼS THEATRE and her production company MOON SHADOW FILMS, Inc. develops and produces plays and films of artistic merit and social relevance.
She is a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA), and the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN). She also happily splits her time living in New York and Berlin.