Lucy Thurber

Mentor

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.

Victor Cervantes

Co-Artistic Coordinator

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.

vcervantes@rattlestick.org

Ren Santiago

Co-Artistic Coordinator

Hometown: New York, NY
Ren Santiago is a native New Yorker. Spent my childhood in Yonkers and adolescence through to the present in South Harlem. An alumna of the Manhattan Class Company (MCC) Theater's Youth Company, the Atlantic Acting School's Conservatory Program, and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts.

Jaime Jaget

Managing Director

Hometown: Bayville, NY
Jaime recently served as the Production Coordinator for Room for One by Alec Silberblatt. She has previously assisted the Middle Voice’s production of Welcome to Starr Street by Ren Santiago. She currently works as Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s Education Associate, where she is the coordinator of its education program. A sophomore at Hunter College as a double major in Media Studies and Dance with Thomas Hunter Honors Program and Muse Scholars distinction, she does not know where her career will take her, but hopes to use her passion for creativity and the arts to inspire those around her!

Lauren Annunziata

Company Member

Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Lauren Annunziata is an actor/singer/recent grad of NYU's TISCH School (CAP21/ETW/STONESTREET). Assistant Director of Education and Outreach at MCC Theater. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Middletown, NJ, her roots are in the Tri-state. So happy to be a part of the Middle Voice family!

Julissa Contreras

Company Member

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.”

Emily Daly

Company Member

Hometown: Tri-State Area
Emily Daly is a playwright and actor based in New York. As a playwright, her work has been developed and featured around the United States, including the Great Plains Theater Conference’s Play Lab in Omaha NE, the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C., the foolsFURY Theater’s Factory Parts in San Francisco CA, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s TheaterJam in New York City. Emily is also a member of Stable Cable Lab Co., an ensemble-driven theater company dedicated to developing new artists and intrinsically theatrical works though developmental readings, workshops, ensemble laboratories and training, and productions. As an actor, Emily has performed with a number of New York companies, including Stable Cable Lab Co, Ugly Rhino, the Lower East Side Garden Plays, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Good Plays Festival), and the York Theater Company (upcoming). Emily studied at the Johns Hopkins University with John Astin, and at the National Theater Institute. She currently studies acting with Joan Rosenfels, and playwriting with Tanya Barfield.

Steve DiBaldo

Company Member

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.

Xaiver Galva

Company Member

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.

Alexander Lambie

Company Member

Hometown: South Bronx, NY
Alexander Lambie feels very lucky to have the opportunity to work in this company. Lambie is an alumnus of the MCC Youth Company and the Atlantic Acting school. As a member of Middle Voice, he preformed as Harry Fatt in Waiting For Lefty, Will Masters in Bus Stop, and John in Come to Starr Street.

Catya McMullen

Company Member

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 OkayAGNES! 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.

Cesar Rosado

Company Member

Hometown: Bronx, NY
Cesar J. Rosado, originally from the Bronx, is an alumnus of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting Conservatory and is currently training at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Cesar has been making the effort to save the world by using Theater.

Alec Silberblatt

Company Member

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Alec is an actor and playwright.  Some roles include: A Skull in Connemara(Mairtin) with Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, Rabbit Hole (Jason) with Pittsburgh Public Theater and Hartford TheaterWorks, Love's Labour's Lost with Cincinnati Outdoor Classics (Costard), and the upcoming Twelfth Night</> (Andrew Aguecheek) with Rising Phoenix Rep and Middle Voice.  His plays include: Room For One, which was given a workshop production by The Middle Voice; Corners (Throughline Theater's new play competition finalist); Norway; and A Friend, which was featured as part of Rising Phoenix Rep's Cino Nights.  He is the Playwriting Lab Assistant for MCC Theater's Youth Company. Training: BFA Acting, CCM.  He loves The Middle Voice and Rattlestick more every day.

Jenna Worsham

Company Member

Hometown: Cumming, GA

Jenna  is a freelance stage director and activist, based in New York City, with a focus on new work and re-imagined American classics. BroadwayThe Heidi Chronicles (Associate Director); Picnic (SDCF Observership)Recent DirectingHave You Been There by Emily Zemba & 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 (Social Justice piece featuring formerly incarcerated women, commissioned by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson); Kids by Daniel Talbott (IRT); The Vagina Monologues for Taconic Correctional Facility (also performed off-Broadway at Cherry Lane Theatre); Graduation Day by Emily Daly (WorkShop Theater); Spring Awakening (Lime Kiln Theater). As founding Artistic Director of The Middle Voice Theater Company, in residence at Rattlestick Theater, she directed Agnes (Rattlestick), Bus Stop (The Producer's Club), Room For One (Paradise Factory), and Waiting for Lefty in a production that toured public locations in NYC and the tri-state area. Jenna has been an assistant director on and off-Broadway to such directors as Tony-award winner Pam MacKinnon, Sam Gold, Evan Cabnet, Kate Whoriskey, as well as PublicWorks director Lear deBessonet. She has directed readings and workshops for The Public, Yale Repertory, the Lark Play Development Center, Labyrinth Theater, Playmakers Rep, Primary Stages, Cherry Lane, Rattlestick, MCC, The Flea, among others. Throughout her time in New York Jenna has been awarded a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship (MTC), and two SDC Foundation Observerships. Jenna is a proud member of the LILLY Awards Power Network, the 2016 Williamstown Directing Corps, Rising Phoenix Repertory, The Actors Studio Directors Unit, the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and an Affiliated Artist of New Georges. She also serves as Curator of the Creative Solutions Symposium, a residency program at SPACE on Ryder Farm that houses social justice organizations who integrate creativity with social action. Associate member, SDC.    

Emily Zemba

Company Member

Hometown: Old Lyme, CT
Emily is a playwright, performer, and "Mary Tyler Moor Show" enthusiast who originally hails from good ol' Old Lyme, CT. She is currently an MFA Candidate in Playwriting at Yale School of Drama (2015) and holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her plays Have You Been There?I’m Sorry I Brought God,  and We Know Edie La Minx Had A Gun (Yale Cabaret, co-writer) have received productions at the Yale School of Drama.  Her 10-min play The House That Blows Down will be produced this year as part of Theater Masters' 2014 National MFA Playwright's Festival. Emily is a co-founder of "Guided Tour," a New Haven based theater collective with which she creates and performs experiential, theatrical, "tours".  In New York, Emily's favorite experiences include: puppeteering for Labapalooza at St. Ann's Warehouse, playing a 'Cat-Horse' in an adaptation of Mayakovsky's The Bed Bug at The Bushwick Starr, and Waiting for Lefty with The Middle Voice in Inwood Hill Park.

David Zheng

Company Member

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.

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