After attending the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Ms. Aleta Chappelle joined the national touring New Shakespeare Company of San Francisco. She continued to follow her passion for Shakespeare as a company member of the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, and performed two summers at the Ford Theatre. She began her career in the film business working with Francis Coppola at Zoetrope Studios in the casting department, assisting on THE OUTSIDERS, RUMBLE FISH, TUCKER, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, and THE COTTON CLUB.
Moving up to Casting Director, her credits include; DRUMLINE, MATERIAL GIRLS, GODFATHER 3, NUTTY PROFESSOR, SISTER ACT 2, NEW YORK STORIES-ZOE, BOOMERANG, RAMBLING ROSE and many more.
Most recently Ms. Chappelle did the New York casting for Sofia Coppola’s film SOMEWHERE, and two of the feature films she cast TRADE starring Kevin Klein and LIFE SUPPORT starring Queen Latifah for HBO recently premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. She also received nominations from the Casting Society of America Artios Awards for her work on LIFE SUPPORT and INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, starring Halle Berry.
Her feature film directing credits include GOOSED which premiered on SHOWTIME and starred Jennifer Tilly, Damon Wayans and Joan Rivers, and the micro-budget Action/Love Story entitled FIRE, which enjoyed a limited theatrical release in the USA and Canada. Her short film A HARLEM FANTASY premiered on PBS as part of the Paul Robeson Gala Presentation in 2007. For the stage she wrote and directed the Off Broadway production of THE MARY ELLEN PLEASANT STORY and also THE CONCEPT OF LOVE starring Julianna Margulies and Veronica Webb, which had a successful run Off-Off Broadway at the Greenwich Theatre.
Ms. Chappelle continues to cast independent and studio films, while the production company she founded Moon Shadow Films, Inc. has a number of projects in development; including EXTREMADURAN PORTRAITS and MACBETT – a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth set in the Caribbean, which she wrote and will direct, starring Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Harry Lennix, Danny Glover and Blair Underwood.