Nova Grayson Casillo is a native of western New York and is a Cum Laude graduate from the State University of New York at Oswego Honor’s B.A. in Theatre Design & Technology (May ’18).

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He primarily works in the construction and design of props, and loves the unique challenges of working with a variety of materials as a jack of all trades, as every props master should. 

Nova is a proud member of the Mu Iota cast of Alpha Psi Omega.

In addition to his work as a student, he also stage managed and designed props for the Sterling Renaissance Festival for the 2016 & 2017 seasons. Nova returned for the 2020 season, but it was unfortunately cut short due to COVID-19.

In recent years Nova has designed props for several theaters in Chicago including, Victory Gardens, Jackalope Theatre, and Roosevelt University.

Nova was Props Designer for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks‘ 2018 & 2019 Summer Tours.

Nova returned to his Alma Mater, SUNY Oswego, to design props for She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen. Sadly, halfway through the build process the show was cancelled due to COVID-19.

He is also the sole proprietor/producer of Cravat Productions, whose inaugural production in December 2017 was Dracula by Steven Dietz. To learn more about his theatre company you can visit CravatProductions.org.

Outside of his theatrical pursuits he enjoys collecting and re-articulating skeletons, collecting antiques and furniture, and fencing sabre. Nova is also a certified bartender.

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