About Us

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Maria Capp

CEO / Founding Partner

Maria has served the arts community on Long Island, NY and in Los Angeles for over 20 years. Her multi-disciplinary expertise includes work as an award-winning writer, director, producer, entrepreneur, and acting coach. She has served as an advocate, speaker, committee and board member for such organizations as Women In Media, The Millie D’Agostino Scholarship Fund, Breaking into Hollywood, Youth Biz Alliance, NYSTEA, EdTA, BOCES – Arts in Education, and Kids for Kids Productions.

Combining creative and business acumen, Maria led Cappricielli's first feature, Reach starring Garrett Clayton, Jordan Doww and Corbin Bernsen and released the film in 10 of the top 20 major markets throughout the US. The film’s success and award winning screenplay was an official select in the prestigious Dances With Films Festival, the LGBTQ Outshine Film Festival and nominated for best feature, best screenplay and honored Maria as best female producer at the Westfield International Film Festival. Garrett Clayton was awarded best lead actor in a drama at the CATE Film Festival in Santa Monica.  In line with Reach’s message, “the power of kindness” and Maria’s youth advocacy, the short documentary Find An Identity which she wrote and directed, is currently finding success in the festival world and explores the age old questions “Who am I” and “How do I fit in?”. Exploring similar themes, Maria produced the post, sales and distribution of the high school comedy feature DIVOS! starring Jason Busey, Nicole Sullivan and Marissa Jaret Winokur.  

A lover of music and successful collaboration with her daughter Raffaela, the mother-daughter duo consistently create award winning music and music videos including "Hurricane" featuring Emmy award winning rapper Chris Redd (Saturday Night Live). 

After returning to her roots and with the successful world premiere of the one act play, Pizza & Whine conceived and written by Raffaela, co-written by her niece Veronica and directed and written by Maria, which appeared at the Hudson Guild Theatre's in New York and Los Angeles, Maria along with screenwriters Elliott Estrada and Raffaela Capp, brought the two main characters, Jennifer and Natalyn to the screen with its announcement for 2021 release. The feature titled, Four Cousins and a Christmas, stars Teri Polo, Nicholas Turturro, Raffaela Capp, Robert Davi, Jared Sandler, and Natasha Capp, making this Maria’s feature directorial debut.

 

Maria strives to be an example to others entering the entertainment industry specifically that age and gender DO NOT matter, and continues to create content that is entertaining and socially relevant.  

Natasha Capp

Account Manager / Casting

Natasha has graced many comedy stages in New York City, Long Island, NY and the LA comedy scene.  Some of her more notable performances include Emcee for headliners and her sometimes Uncle, Mike Marino at the Ha Ha Cafe Comedy Club, as well as producing her own show, Marvelous Ms. Monday's at the Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank and solo show, InBetween at the Solocom Comedy Festival. She is described as having the looks of “a young Fran Drescher”, the comedic timing of "Marissa Tomei", with the voice likeness to Chandler Bing's girlfriend Janice from Friends! 

  

Born and raised on the east coast, Natasha spent most of her time between, Sayville, Long Island, The Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts and New York City's west side before relocating to southern California!  Proud graduate of The Art of Acting / the Stella Adler Acting Studio, studying the Core Track - Improv skills at the Groundling's in performance and writing, and LAMDA’s Summer Shakespeare program. 

On the big and little screen, catch Natasha in the feature film, Reach and soon to be released holiday family comedy, Four Cousins and a Christmas starring Terri Polo, Nicholas Turturro, and Robert Davi!

When not performing, Natasha has lent her infectious personality and keen eye for talent in creating the Cappricielli  “wish list” of desired talent and bringing opportunities to the family’s community of talent!

Raffaela Capp

Founding Partner 

Raffaela was born in Smithtown, NY and raised in the small town of Sayville, New York on Long Island. She has formal education and training with the Berkshire Theatre Group and the CAP 21 acting conservatory. She graduated from the Long Island Performing Arts and Technical High School and attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied liberal arts.

 

Raffaela wrote and recorded her first EP with Grammy award-winning producers Frank and Christian Berman. The music video for her original track "So What" was accepted into the Dances With Films Festival, Rahway International Film Festival, was a jury selection at the International Family Film Festival, and won Best Song in a Music Video at the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival. She wrote and starred in the short film "Taking A Chance on Love," which was nominated for Best Short Film at Dances With Kidz and Audience Choice Award at the Hollywood & Vine Film Festival.

 

As a recording artist, Raffaela was in development with InRage Entertainment and Sony/ATV producers/songwriters, Automatic and Ebony Vanderveer, with whom she released her music video and single, "Hurricane", featuring artist Chris Redd (Disjointed, SNL) written by the Vanderveers and Elise Legrow. “Hurricane” won the Jury Award at the Hollywood and Vine Film Festival and best music video at the New York Long Island Film Festival.

 

She recently starred in the feature film, Reach alongside Garrett Clayton (Hairspray Live, Teen Beach 1, and Teen Beach 2) and Jordan Doww (Relationship Status).

 

Her writing credits stretch beyond music. Her latest baby is the adapted feature, Four Cousins and a Christmas based on the the one act play, Pizza and Whine which she co-wrote and performed the role of Jennifer. The play premiered during the New York Winterfest Theatre Festival at the Hudson Guild and then at The Hollywood Fringe Festival. After the play’s successful run, Raffaela was instrumental in bringing the story of Jennifer to the big screen writing the screenplay, composing and singing on the film’s score, producing, as well as reprising her role of Jennifer in Four Cousins and a Christmas. 

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Sarah Barsotti

Chief Operations Coordinator / Executive Assistant 

Sarah was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She attended and graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz. With a passion for creating –but ever the organizer – she studied Digital Media Production with a minor in Business. Some of her notable experiences in college include: having her own radio show at WFNP for three years, being flown out to Los Angeles to photograph a short film, working as a talent production assistant for an event starring the cast of The Walking Dead, and interning for Billy on the Street and Elvis Duran & the Morning Show. During her semester abroad at London Metropolitan University, Sarah had the opportunity to intern for APM Associates at Elstree Studios.

 

After college, Sarah was hired to be the behind-the-scenes photographer for season 6 of Billy on the Street. Following her love of photography, she has worked many events ranging from lifestyle shoots, to weddings, to behind-the-scenes for movie productions.

While working and taking photos on the set of Someone Will Assist You Shortly, Sarah met Maria Capp of Cappricielli Productions. For over a year now, Sarah has been working as the Executive Assistant to Mrs. Capp, while also taking on

responsibilities as the Chief Operations Coordinator.

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Steve Capp

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Veronica Kelly

Social Media Strategist

Veronica is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she received her BFA in Drama, specializing in acting at Atlantic Acting School and New Studio on Broadway. She was born on Long Island and raised in the theater, with deep familial roots in the art of storytelling and expression through music, song and dance. With her infectious Grandma at the center of it all, it has become a family affair; her Aunts were her voice and acting teachers, her cousins performed alongside her on the stage, and her younger brother is now tearing it up in Hollywood as a series regular on Netflix and Disney Plus television shows. NYU gave her a strong foundation and the proper tools to further develop her craft and understand the business. Now, she has professional experience, both on and off the stage and screen, as a multi-hyphenate to continue a passionate career in the entertainment industry. 

Over the past 3 years, Veronica has performed around the country in two national tours, co-wrote and starred in an original play, Pizza & Whine, which successfully ran in festivals in New York and Hollywood, and appeared in a variety of films. She continues to audition and pursue her goal of being a series regular on television, who can spend her hiatus on Broadway and on set for feature films. 

On the business side, Veronica has worked side by side with two fierce women in the entertainment industry. She has worked for Maria Capp, also her incredible aunt, over the past few years, acting as personal assistant, production assistant and social media strategist for Cappricielli Productions. As well, Veronica has officially become the executive assistant to Angelyna Boyd, CEO of Scope Entertainment, a boutique artist management company specializing in tra-digital brand talent.

Executive Producer

Steve is an award-winning writer who has spent the last 20 years rearranging the letters of the alphabet, creating headlines, taglines and everything in between to engage customers, build brands and sell stuff. His education includes the School of Visual Arts; School of Business at the University at Albany; Omnicom Senior Management Program at Babson College; and the boardrooms and conference rooms of countless agencies.

Steve’s first job in advertising saw his talents immediately put to good use when his campaign was chosen to launch the new Hyundai Sonata, helping Hyundai shatter sales records and become the number one import of the year. His work on Blue Chip clients such as Miller Brewing, Fisher-Price and M&M Mars helped Steve quickly advance to a position of leadership. While at Young & Rubicam, he was asked to join and lead Team AT&T, bringing together brand and CRM expertise in a single cohesive unit. At Omnicom agency, Unit 7, Steve made company history (at least he likes to think so) by rising from freelancer to Chief Creative Officer in a little over a year. He didn’t waste any time bringing in new business with wins for Lipitor, Online Publisher’s Association, Curemark, Columbia University, Reliant Energy and NeurogesX. To this day, his Lipitor TV spot is the most successful in Pfizer’s history.

Over the years, Steve has written across all platforms of entertainment for many talented performers, including Jason Alexander, Edie Falco, Steven Weber, Randy Quaid, Danny Aiello, Ron McLarty, Kim Raver, Fred Gwynne, Bernadette Peters, ZZ Top, Clint Black, The Who, Dan Dierdorf, Trey Wingo, and Gary Fencik. He is grateful for having had the opportunity to work with countless Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony-winning artists.

Steve currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Sarah D'Agostino

Financial Assistant

Sarah was born and raised on Long Island, New York and is attending St Joseph's College majoring in Accounting.  Her love for numbers and calculations has led her on this path, with the goal of sitting for the CPA exam in her future.

 

Currently balancing her academics with a work schedule, Sarah maintains a full load, working for a local accounting firm, learning how a firm is really run and getting the hang of the basics. Sarah supports the Accountants in preparing and organizing individuals and corporations with a variety of financial tasks, including computing and filing income taxes and  reviewing financial records .

 

With theater and music immersed in her family, it was only natural for Sarah to be involved in the arts in her own unique way. Through bookkeeping, payroll, production accounts, and more, Sarah is excited to join the Cappricielli Production family as she lends her mathematical smarts in every way she can.