The studio has been prolific and diverse in its work; claiming awards for features, shorts, pilots and since 2014, their newly branded MicroMovies. In 1991, Alyssa developed the Stonestreet Screen Acting & Production Conservatory as an immersive program within Stonestreet’s independent film studio walls and exclusively trains NYU Tisch Drama actors for the screen from audition to production. Many wonderful talents have developed themselves at Stonestreet including Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent), Camila Mendes (Riverdale), Jack Falahee (How To Get Away With Murder), Gil Zabarsky & Chris Modoono (Tenured, Teacher of the Year), Ashley Skidmore (Younger), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), et al.
She has developed and directed high-concept features alongside her partner Gary O. Bennett: ReRUN, starring Christopher Lloyd, Rain Without Thunder starring Jeff Daniels, Linda Hunt et al, and The Pack, which stars Lucie Arnaz, Elisabeth Moss, Zach Galligan. Rain was theatrically released and distributed by Orion Classics, featured in over a dozen major international film festivals from the Berlin Film Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival, distributed by Warner Brothers on available now on Amazon Prime. The Pack was accepted into the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009 and went on to win Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Rising Star Award at Wildwood Film Festival. It continued on through the festival circuit racking up many other awards. Earlier this year a new cut of The Pack was released by FilmRise on multiple platforms, including City of Film and Snagfilms as Smoking Non-Smoking. Additionally, ShortsHD licensed 20 Stonestreet Shorts, including, five festival shorts she directed, Oswald, Uberpool, Trudy Gets Tindered, Mia, and Can’t Get Enough. They have appeared in Big Apple, Pittsburgh, Garden State, Independent Features, and Manhattan Film Festivals.
With writer Gary O. Bennett, she recently directed a new pilot Leading Story, and in LA co-directed with Chris Naoki Lee, the pilot Nowhere Girl, now in post-production. Before that, she directed the pilot, Videola, starring Sean Young, Gil Zabarsky, Michael Pemberton and Janet Zarish, the series Paradise by the Dashboard Light, and End it all Now, featuring Zach Galligan, Jen McCabe, which is being distributed internationally by HG Distribution. Alyssa also directed the docudrama feature, Sonnets in the City, starring Joe Siravo (The Sopranos, Jersey Boys), and Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys).
She has directed several Public Service Announcements for American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Housing Works and a spot for Families of Freedom starring Susan Sarandon supporting children survivors of the 9/11 tragedy.
In addition to her creative ventures, Alyssa hosts the series Behind the Scenes at Stonestreet Studios. The show focuses on the process and art of filmmaking for independent and studio films. Guests have included Bryan Cranston, Aubrey Plaza, Mike Myers, Edie Falco, Kevin Bacon, James Earl Jones, and many more.
Alyssa’s first training ground was as an actor working with directors such as Woody Allen, Franco Zeffirelli, Andre Gregory and Martin Scorsese. In New York she has directed plays at Ensemble Studio Theater, the Harold Clurman Theater and was accepted into Sundance Institute's Playwriting Lab here she worked as director, writer and actor. She has an MA from NYU Gallatin in Drama & Psychology and a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at Circle in the Square working with Nikos Psacharopoulos, David Margulies, Tom Fontana and others. She also studied with the Group Theater's Robert Lewis as well as the techniques of Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen and Stella Adler.