Prisoners Amoung Us

Project Director/Director Producer
Michael Angelo DiLauro
DiLauro earned an M.F.A. in Film Studies at Ohio University. Since then, his work as a director and producer of commercials, documentaries, corporate and television programs has earned him six regional Emmys, the American Film Festival Blue Ribbon, several ADDY awards, and the Gabriel award for outstanding television programming.

DiLauro's film and video programs have received funding from the Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council - Fellowship, Catholic Communications Campaign, PIFVA Subsidy Program, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Humanities, the Bill of Rights Commission and the National Italian-American Foundation, the Ohio Educational Television Network and the Pennsylvania Public Television Network.

In ’86 The Family Caring WHYY and WNET, DiLauro received his first regional EMMY. In ’95, The New Jersey Network’s program, The Turtlestone earned him another Mid-Atlantic Emmy for directing and a National Preservation Award. A One & A Two, was selected for broadcast on WHYY-TV’s “Independent Images” and the ’97 National Conference on Aging. Home At the Range, was at the ’97 Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, aired on WHYY-TV and was recently selected for “Thru the Lens” a PBS series. In 1999, DiLauro produced Change the World for the American Institute for Public Service. The show was aired on many PBS stations and 74 commercial affiliates.

DiLauro's programs are distributed by Filmmakers Library, Phoenix Films, Ohio Educational TV Network, Italian National Television, and American Program Service.

Scriptwriter/Associate Producer
Joseph M. Orazi
A graduate of Villanova University with a degree in English and Theatre, Orazi has extensive writing experience in theater, television, and the industrial arena. His plays have been produced in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and he is a Pennsylvania Playwright Fellow and former member of the Theatre Advisory Panel of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He was also a staff writer for the ABC daytime drama, Ryan’s Hope.
Researcher/Associate Producer
Ellen Freedman Schultz
Schulz has extensive experience in historic research and preservation education. In partnership with a preservation associate, she has recently completed a two-year project called “The New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail,” a statewide initiative of the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office and the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation in which they identified over 300 and surveyed over 150 women’s historic sites. They have just completed the text for a “Women’s Heritage Trail” tourism publication. In 2000, the partners contributed to the “Germantown Avenue Multicultural Heritage Corridor,” a multi-disciplinary team of professionals evaluating the tourism potential of historic Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. She developed and is currently teaching two Distance Learning courses at Bucks County Community College for the Historic Preservation Program - “History and Theory of Preservation” and the “History of American Architecture.” She received a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in History from Vassar College.

Associate Producer
Santa Casciani
Dr. Casciani is Associate Professor of Italian at John Carroll University, the Jesuit University in Cleveland, and director of the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Program in Italian Studies. Working in both capacities, she has developed and taught several undergraduate courses dealing with Italian and Italian-American issues. As associate producer of Prisoners Among Us, Dr, Casciani has lead fundraising and promotional efforts along with scholarly contributions. Dr. Casciani has published and lectured extensively in both Italian and Italian American literature.

Dr. Casciani held faculty positions at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Missouri at Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.A. in Italian at the Ohio State University and her B.A. in Italian and English at Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. She was born in L’Aquila Italy.

Tony Lo Bianco
The career of actor Tony Lo Bianco is distinguished as much by his depth and variety as by the skills and gifts that Mr. Lo Bianco has brought to it. He has worked as an actor in films, television movies, mini-series and weekly series, and on stage. Besides an actor, he has been a director and producer. In each role he has worked with some of the best actors and directors in television, film, and theater.

Among the awards for his work is a 1986 Emmy Award for his performance in the one-man show, Hizzoner - the Life of Fiorello La Guardia and the 1975 Obie Award for Best Actor for the off-Broadway production Yanks 3 Detroit 0 Top of the 7th.

In 1983 he was nominated for Best Actor for the Tony Award in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding performance in that production.

His many film credits include starring in the cult film The Honeymoon Killers, the Academy Award winning The French Connection, The Seven-Up's, F.I.S.T., Oliver Stone's Nixon, The Juror, City of Hope, and the soon to be released Friends and Family, The Last Request, and Endangered Species.

On television, Mr. Lo Bianco has starred in Law and Order, Deadline, Homicide, Walker, Texas Ranger, Police Story, and Jessie. His television films and mini-series includes Jesus of Nazareth, La Romana, Lucky Day, Rocky Marciano, and many others.

Mr. Lo Bianco has directed episodes of Police Story among other television programs, and the feature film Too Scared to Scream.

Mr. Lo Bianco is the National Spokesperson for Order Sons of Italy in America. Most recently he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award.

Graphic Designer
David Leonard
David Leonard's illustration has been called timeless by many Art Directors. A Graphic Designer himself, this Lancaster, Pennsylvania native, has given in to the enchanting charms of Illustration. His bold, yet soft trace embodies strong concepts and a wit worth stopping for. His illustrations have lent a twist to many clients from corporate America to children's books to small businesses. Today David lives between New York City, Lancaster, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, showcasing his talents.

Composer/Audio Producer
Christopher Orazi
Orazi is the owner of the audio production recording studio, C.A.S. Music Productions. Producer of the R&B soundtrack CD Music City, the recent children's CD "Get Down with Derick D Clown" and children’s performer Daria. Recent film and TV music scores include Music City, Philly Live, Home at the Range, The Turtlestone, Familiar Stranger, The Dancing Pumpkin and Waka/Jawaka for Zappa's Universe.

Orazi’s promotional music scores include: BMW, New Holland, Volkswagen, Verizon, AT&T, FAA, The Rascal Scooter, Bayer, Primestar, Polygram Records, Columbia Records, and the new live Tropicana attraction, The Amazing Cash Contraption. Orazi’s awards include two Emmys, two Emmy nominations, several Tellys, Axiom, Vision, and Addys.

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