DANTE RUSSO has worked on a number of television shows and feature films including Glee, The Odd Couple, Growing Up Fisher, and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. In addition to his short film, Grief, Dante has directed music videos for artists Melinda Sullivan, Daniel Zaitchik, and Declan Bennett; dance videos for Chloe's Syncopated Ladies and YouTube mega-network DanceOn; sizzle reels for make-up giant FACE Stockholm; sketch comedy featured on Funny or Die; and promos such as Cathrine Goldstein's novel "Sleeping With Mortals".
As a writer, Dante is a recipient of the 3rd Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship for his pilot, Haters, and Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest for his short screenplay, Grief. His drama pilot, I Will See You Again, was a Selected Project at the 2017 Stowe Story Labs in Vermont.
Prior to his career in television, Dante wrote and directed Wiener & Wiener, a web-series about the misadventures of a hot dog and his human roommate living in New York City. He also penned the book & lyrics to musicals City of Silence, Radiant Ruby, and Extraordinary, the latter of which won ‘Outstanding Music & Lyrics’ at the 2005 NY International Fringe Festival and was subsequently produced at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.
In addition to writing, Dante previously performed at Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, among others. He toured the United States and Canada in Disney’s High School Musical and participated in both pre-Broadway workshops of Disney’s Newsies.
A native New Yorker now living in Los Angeles, Dante is a graduate of Emerson College and is a proud member of both Actors' Equity Association and Writers Guild of America, East.