Chris Di Staulo
Born to a rock musician and a makeup artist for film and television, Chris Di Staulo is an award-winning film director. Chris’ films have screened internationally, and have garnered worldwide attention. Most recently, he was interviewed on Rogers TV’s “Independent Scene” for his gripping short film “The Shadow in Red”.
At the crux of Di Staulo’s body of creative work lies the concept that performance is pedagogical; that is to say, film can be used as an educative tool and a vehicle for learning. Because of this belief, Chris has found himself working extensively in the realm of arts education. He has served as a teaching assistant in the Department of Theatre at York University, a guest faculty member throughout the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and an instructor at various art centres in Toronto. Chris created advanced film production courses for youth at Neilson Park Creative Centre and Visual Arts Mississauga. He also redesigned the curriculum for which the media strand is evaluated at several schools within the TDSB. Chris has delivered lectures on learning strategies for students with disabilities in arts schools.
A graduate of York University’s Bachelor of Arts (Specialized Honours) degree in Directing (a program supervised by Professor Thomas V. Cohen, PhD [Harvard University]), Chris’ arts education consists of training with some of North America’s top film and theatre artists. Di Staulo trained in Directing under Melee Hutton, MFA, Tereza Barta, MA, and Professor E. Ross Stuart, PhD.
Chris is a member in good standing with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE). For more information, please view his resume.
Upcoming: “Somnolence”, a futuristic and dramatic short film directed by Di Staulo, will be completed in June 2013 and will be submitted to festivals such as Festival de Cannes, Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and several others. Additionally, Chris is directing “Sleepwalk“, a dramatic comedy for the stage that is being remounted in August 2013.