STONESTREET FACULTY BIOS
ALYSSA RALLO BENNETT
Artistic Director and Co-Founder
Alyssa Rallo Bennett is an award-winning producer and director as well as a founder of Stonestreet Studios, an independent film studio, production house and a unique screen acting and directing conservatory for NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Since its inception in 1991, Stonestreet has been producing independent feature films, shorts and pilots, and for the past decade, the Annual Stonestreet-Goldberg Festival of New Short Films. Stonestreet is also a producer of the internet's only historical mystery webseries, The 47th Floor, starring many New York actors, alums including Miles Teller, Xosha Roquemore, et al and currently airing it's 7th season on Blip TV.
This year she also completed, OSWALD, a short film that imagines the last evening of Lee Harvey Oswald's life before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 2013, OSWALD was presented in the Hoboken Film Festival, Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival, and Manhattan Film Festival. A one-minute trailer is available here:
Alyssa's past film credits include award winning feature films, shorts & music videos. Her feature film The Pack, which she directed, produced & co-wrote with Gary Bennett, stars Lucie Arnaz, Elisabeth Moss, Roger Robinson, Molly Culver, Tibor Feldman, Adam Ferrara, Zach Galligan et al was originally released theatrically in New York and LA. It was featured this year in 2012 at Toronto Independent Film Festival. The Pack has won Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Rising Star Award at Wildwood Film Festival, and had Best Feature Film: Honorable Mention at Baltimore Women's Film Festival and Bayou Inspirational Film Festival and was featured as an official selection in the Hoboken International Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, Independent Features Film Festival at Tribeca Cinema, Northampton International Film Festival, Jersey Shore Film Festival, Festival of Festivals, Connecticut Film Festival, Sweet Auburn Film Festival, and First Take Film Festival. A new cut of the film is now being released as Smoking | Non-Smoking by Fischer Klingenstein
Alyssa also directed and produced the feature film Sonnets in the City starring Joe Siravo (The Sopranos, Jersey Boys); and produced Revengers Inc, directed by Robert Bella, The Code aka Cryptogram starring Angela Pietropinto et al. She developed and associate produced Rain Without Thunder, starring Jeff Daniels, Linda Hunt, Betty Buckley, Frederick Forrest, Graham Greene, Ming Na Wen, Austin Pendelton & Steve Zahn. Rain Without Thunder was theatrically released & distributed by Orion Classics, featured in over a dozen major film festivals and was recently bought by Sony Pictures. The film is now a featured selection on Hulu.
Alyssa is the host and producer of the series Behind the Scenes at Stonestreet Studios. Her guests have included Mike Myers, Susan Sarandon, Edie Falco, Kevin Bacon, Peter Gallagher, Michael Imperioli, James Earl Jones, Carrie Preston, Jodie Markell, Elisabeth Shue, Chaske Spenser, Melba Moore, Vincent Pastore, Joey Pantoliano, Harris Yulin, Miles Teller, Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein, Darren Goldberg, Josh Ashtrachan, Lee Tergesen et al. The show focuses on the process and art of film making for independent and studio films.
Alyssa has also worked in both films and television in front of the camera with directors such as Woody Allen, Franco Zeffirelli, and Andre Gregory. In New York she has directed many short and full-length plays at Ensemble Studio Theater and the Harold Clurman Theater and was accepted into Sundance Institute's Playwriting Lab here she worked as director, writer and actor, again developing new material for stage and screen. Alyssa attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has a BFA in Drama & MA in Drama & Psychology, where she studied at Circle in the Square with Nikos Psacharopoulos and David Margulies. She studied with the renowned Robert Lewis as well as the techniques of Meisner, Strasberg and Adler.
Currently, Alyssa is in production for a new pilot, End it all Now! starring Zach Galligan, Jen McCabe and in post-production for a new short, Can't Get Enough, both written by her husband and partner, Gary O. Bennett. Alyssa is in pre-production for a feature film written by her husband Gary to be shot in 2014.