Rita Castagna is a recent graduate of Philadelphia's Temple University. She is an actor, singer-songwriter, comedian, and activist.
Her favorite musical theater credits include Bonnie in Bonnie & Clyde (Eleventh Hour), Daisy Hilton in Side Show (Temple), and Heather Chandler in Heathers (Avenue). She loves playing strong, confident characters with a comedic edge.
In 2019 she was the winner of the DC-based American Pops Orchestra’s NextGen competition for up-and-coming musical theater singers. She was also the first ever non-classical singer to be awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant by the NYC-based Shoshana Foundation.
For over ten years she has written original songs, both comedic and of a genre she calls “sunny acoustic folk jazz,” on guitar, piano, and her favorite, ukulele. She grew up in a musical family and spent her weekends playing covers in bars around Philadelphia. A fully-produced album or EP may be in the works soon.
Rita is also a proud four-year cast member of Temple Smash, Temple’s live sketch comedy show. She hopes to pursue stand-up in the near future.
In her free time, she enjoys makeup, saving the planet, and helping others do makeup and save the planet. She promotes kindness, consciousness, and equality wherever she goes.