Lucy Thurber is the author of twelve plays: Where We’re Born, Ashville, Scarcity, Killers and Other Family, Stay, Bottom of The World, Monstrosity, Dillingham City, The Locus, The Insurgents, Perry Street and The Unfinished. The Atlantic Theater Company has produced Bottom of The World and Scarcity. They also developed Bottom of the World at Perry-Mansfield. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has produced five of her plays, Where We’re Born, Killers and Other Family, Ashville, Scarcity, and Stay, and produced a critically acclaimed revival of Killers and Other Family in 2009, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Lucy has twice collaborated with the director Lear DeBessonet, both on Quixote, a site-specific performance with the Psalters made for and with The Broad Street Community in Philadelphia, and also on her play Monstrosity for 13P. She has had reading and workshops at Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Group, Primary Stages, MCC Theater, PlayPenn, New River Dramatists, Tribeca Theater Festival, Eugene O’Neill, The Public Theater and Soho Rep. She was a playwright in residence at The Orchard Project. Scarcity was published in the December 2007 issue of American Theatre, and acting editions of her work are published by Dramatists Play Service. Lucy is a member of MCC Playwrights Coalition and Labyrinth Theater Company. She is an alumni of New Dramatists and 13P. She is a recipient of the Manhattan Theatre Club Playwriting Fellowship, The Gary Bonasorte Memorial Prize for Playwriting and a LILLY Award. Lucy has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, The Contemporary American Theater Festival and Houses On The Moon. She currently teaches playwriting at NYU.
Hometown: New York, NY
A Harlem-based, NewYo-Puerto-Pina playwright and actor. She writes inclusive, modern, empathic stories that breed bravery and compassion through conversation. Currently working on The Cherry Lane Mentor Project with THE SIBLINGS PLAY which has been workshopped in MCC PlayLabs, Labyrinth under a playwright's apprenticeship, and at home with Middle Voice.
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Victor is an actor/director/writer/producer. From Phoenix, AZ, he is the Co-Artistic Producer of Middle Voice at Rattlestick, the apprentice company of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Actor: Lila Feinberg’s Clifford Odets Ensemble Commissioned piece Love Lab (dir. by GT Upchurch); Harrison Rivers’ Look Upon Our Lowliness (Shy) (dir. David Mendizabal);Vassa Zhelesnova (dir. Moritz van Stuelpnagel); Savage in Limbo(dir. Stella Powell-Jones); Polaroid Stories (dir. Adam Knight); Multistages’ Temple of the Souls; The Alec Baldwin Fellowship at Singers Forum. Director: Hawthorne’s James Baldwin Project (Middle Voice at Rattlestick), Exposure (Middle Voice at Rattlestick), Summer and Smoke (NYU/ETW), and (melo)drama*tic(NYU/Strasberg). Playwright: (melo)drama*tic, hom#phobic, connectSHUN, four Stories for Stories, and human(I)fest. He has enjoyed teaching young artists with MCC and The Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute for 4 years, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder for 7 years. Member of Improbable Stage Company and MethLab Collaborative. 1st-Generation College Graduate: BFA NYU/Tisch School for the Arts, Lee Strasberg Centennial Scholar & Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar.
Hometown: Bayville, NY
Jaime Jaget is a New York City-based Playwright. Growing up on Long Island, NY in a small blue-collar fishing town, she is interested in the weight of generations. Her work explores the belief systems of the working-class through strong female leads. Full-length Credits Include: SonnyBoy, Shift, The Villagers, Mrs. Swenson.
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Julissa Contreras is an actor, playwright, and director. She is a LaGuardia HS Drama alumna and recent graduate of Brooklyn College with a degree in TV/Radio and PR/Lationo Studies. Julissa is also a former member of the Manhattan Class Company’s (MCC) Youth Company where she worked as a playwrighting assistant to Lucy Thurber as well as directing various projects. Julissa has had her work presented at The Rattlestick Theater’s Play Jam Festival 2010, Rebel Verses at Developing Artist Theater, and in the Irene Fornes HPRL New Play Festival at Intar Theater. Julissa the creator, director and co-writer of the YouTube hit “Shit Spanish Girls Say.”
Hometown: Tri-State Area
Emily J. Daly is a writer/actor from up the Hudson River and now based in NYC. As a writer, her work has been produced in New York by the Middle Voice / Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Stable Cable Lab Company, and Squeaky Bicycle; as well as featured by ESPA Drills, Primary Stages, Red Caravan, and Pu$$yFest. Regional writing credits include the Great Plains Theater Conference, Capital Fringe Festival, foolsFURY, and Rhinofest. Screenwriting credits include the award-winning pilot Sox News (Martian Media), web series Kate Plus Date (Martian Media), and series made exclusively for Instagram Sparkle Ultraviolet (Instaminseries). Emily is a member of Actors’ Equity, Beehive Collective, Stable Cable Lab Co, and the Middle Voice. She loves long walks on the beach, but who doesn’t? www.emilyjdaly.com
Hometown: American Nomad, USA
Steve is a New York City playwright, screenwriter, and poet, and proud member of The Middle Voice. Playwriting credits include: Coyote and the Origin of Death (Last Match), Man Versus Suit (Lyric Theater, LA), Just Another Guy With a Pickup Line (Snapshots, Pico Playhouse), Insider/Outsider (Food For Thought, NYC), All My Friends (Underground Theater), The Catholic Question in America (Commissioned by the NYU Ireland House), among others. His work has appeared at Rattlestick’s Theater Jam, UglyRhino’s Drinking Games, and Rising Phoenix Rep’s Cino Nights. His short film, Couples Therapy, was recently purchased by Shorts International for distribution. He is a member of TerraNova Collective’s “Groundbreakers Playwrights Group” 2014. He was a recipient of The Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwright Foundation Fellowship and the Excellence in Playwriting Award at NYU, where he received his MFA in Dramatic Writing.
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Xavier graduated from the Atlantic acting school. Past theater credits: Bus Stop (The Middle Voice) Caucasian Chalk Circle (Atlantic Stage 2.) Faith Hope and Charity (Atlantic stage 2.) The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Under St. Marks) Waiting for Lefty (The Middle Voice) The General of Hot Desire (The Plinth) Bitter Sauce (The Plinth) 140 (The Plinth). There are no words to express the amount of gratitude I have to be able to collaborate with such a special group of people.
Hometown: South Bronx, NY
Hometown: New York, NY
Catya McMullen is a New York City native and proud member of The Middle Voice. Her short play, Missed Connection won the 37th Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, was directed by Leslye Headland and is published by Samuel French. She is the author of five full length plays (The Collective, Rubber Ducks and Sunsets, Everything is Probably Going to be Okay, AGNES! and We Pray to Elephants), along with numerous shorts. She is the Educational Director for Ground UP Productions. She was a finalist for the 2013 City Theater National Award for Short Playwriting. She has been produced or developed work with The Middle Voice Theater Company, the LARK, Naked Angels, The Flea Theater, Rising Phoenix Rep, The Estrogenius Festival, Manhattan Repertory Theater, The Shelter, Ground UP Productions, Ugly Rhino, ESPA at Primary Stages and UNC Chapel Hill’s Department of Dramatic Art and more. BA UNC Chapel Hill Dramatic Art, Creative Writing.
Hometown: Cumming, GA
Jenna Worsham: Stage Director, Activist
Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles (Associate Director); Picnic (SDC Fellowship). Recent Directing: The Siblings Play by Ren Dara Santiago (Cherry Lane Mentor Project); Street Children by Pia Scala-Zankel (New Ohio Theatre, NY Times Critics’ Pick); gUN Country (Houses on the Moon Theater, A.R.T/New York Gural Theater); Have You Been There by Emily Zemba and The First Immigrant by Martyna Majok (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Invincible Ones by Samantha Cooper (Signature Center/Columbia MFA Thesis Production); Balm in Gilead (Lee Strasbourg Institute); Here to Be Seen (featuring a cast of formerly incarcerated women, commissioned by the Brooklyn District Attorney); Kids by Daniel Talbott (IRT); The Vagina Monologues for Taconic Correctional Facility (also at Cherry Lane Theatre); Spring Awakening (Lime Kiln Theater). As founding Artistic Director of The Middle Voice Theater Company, in residence at Rattlestick Theater, she directed Agnes by Catya McMullen (Rattlestick),Graduation Day by Emily Daly, Bus Stop (The Producer's Club), Room For One (Paradise Factory), and Waiting for Lefty (Rattlestick). Assisting: Pam MacKinnon, Evan Cabnet, Sam Gold, Kate Whoriskey, Lear deBessonet. Select readings and workshops: The Public, Yale Repertory, EST/Youngblood, the Lark, Playwrights Horizons, Labyrinth, Playmakers Rep, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, MCC. Jenna is the 2017 Boris Sagal/Drama League Directing Fellow at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and has been awarded a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship (MTC), and two SDC Foundation Observerships. She is a proud member of the LILLY Awards Power Network, The Actors Studio Directors Unit, the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and an Affiliated Artist of New Georges. Jenna is also the Co-founder of Creative Solutions: a residency retreat program at SPACE on Ryder Farm for social justice organizations and human rights advocates.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Alec Silberblatt -- Alec is an actor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. New York: Graduation Day by Emily Daly (Middle Voice Theater Company). Select regional: Bad Jews (George Street Playhouse), Biloxi Blues (Ivoryton Playhouse), Lungs (Carnegie Stage). Alec's play Room for One was given a workshop production by the Middle Voice.
Hometown: Old Lyme, CT
EMILY ZEMBA is a Brooklyn based playwright and Mary Tyler Moore enthusiast whose work has been developed and seen with Exquisite Corpse Company, Williamstown Theater's Professional Training Company, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Great Plains Theater Conference, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Middle Voice, and The Party Line. Her play Deer and the Lovers received its World Premiere with First Floor Theater in Chicago in November 2016. Come Back Richard Simmons, her most recent collaboration with Kelly Kerwin and The Partly Line, was presented as part of ANT FEST 2017 at Ars Nova in New York City. Emily has taught Playwriting at Wesleyan University and with Tres Artis Studio in New York. BA: Sarah Lawrence College, MFA: Yale School of Drama.
David Zheng is a actor, playwright, and photographer. He is currently attending SUNY Purchase for Playwriting and Screenwriting. He is a graduate from the Manhattan Class Company Youth company and is currently a member of The Middle Voice Theater Company. He has performed in various productions such as Uncensored (produced by MCCYC) and What of the night (Produced by Dance theater Electra) David's full length play Crack On A Canvas received a staged reading at the Rattlestick Theater.
Korde Arrington Tuttle is a playwright, hailing from Charlotte, NC. His work has been developed and seen at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival, The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, the Obie Award-winning Harlem 9’s 48 Hours… in Harlem at The National Black Theatre, HomeBase Theatre Collective, The Movement Theater Company, The Each-Other Project, OnQ Productions, The New School’s 2015 AfroFuturism Conference, and The Tenth Magazine, in collaboration with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Korde is a recipient of the Steinberg Playwriting Fellowship, and was selected as a finalist for both the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Contest and City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. In 2016, his play, clarity, won the 41st Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and was published in their successive anthology. Korde is a Middle Voice Theatre Company member at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater, and received his MFA in Playwriting at The New School. Check out his work on instagram, via @heykorde.
Sarah is so happy to be a part of the incredibly talented Middle Voice Theater Company. Sarah is from Sutton, Massachusetts and graduated from UMASS Amherst with a B.A. in theater and a minor in education. She recently performed in a short piece called "The Hawthorne Play" in the Pop! Theater Festival in Brooklyn. Other theater credits include Carolyn in "Graduation Day" (Middle Voice Theater Company), Miranda in the "The Parlour" (The Savage Detectives) & Gloria in Boeing Boeing (Brookes Stage Co). TV credits include: Sins of the Preacher, Last Hours In Suburbia, & Sexting in Suburbia, which have all premiered on The Lifetime Network. She enjoys making people laugh, traveling, and teaching pilates!