Middle Voice: Rattlestick’s Apprentice Company was founded and mentored by award-winning playwright Lucy Thurber in 2012, Middle Voice is a collective of 26 multi-disciplinary, ethnically-diverse, theater artists between the ages of 19-30. During their time in the company, each Middle Voice member is tasked with creating a “mission project” that speaks to them aesthetically, politically, or socially, and addresses a need they perceive in the kinds of stories being represented on New York stages.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
The Middle Voice at Rattlestick currently has no submission or application process. Members are invited to join the company after collaborating with us on different events over time. We collaborate with our Friends when we go into productions, workshops, readings, and small festivals. We welcome all interested individuals to join us and get involved. If you’re interested in becoming a Friend of the Middle Voice please email us using this using this form:
Meet The Company
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 Monstrosityfor 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: Bronx, NY
Cesar J. Rosado is a Bronx native and is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of the Middle Voice Theater Company at Rattlestick. Cesar is an alumnus of the Atlantic Theater Company Conservatory and received his BFA at The Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University. His latest works include: The Workshop dir. Knud Adams (Soft Focus/HB Playwrights Theater); Red Emma and the Mad Monk dir. Katie Lindsay (Ars Novas AntFest); Seven Spots on the Sun dir. Weyni Mengesha (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Dolphins and Sharks dir. Charlotte Brathwaite (Labyrinth Theater Company); The Orchard dir. Sean B Leo (Sun Strange Theater Co.); Dolphins and Sharks dir. Nelson Eusebio (The Berkshire Playwrights Lab at the Mahaiwe Theater); The Invincible Ones dir. Jenna Worsham (Columbia University MFA Playwrights showcase at Signature Theater); Lights Over Philo dir. Lee Sunday Evans (Rutgers Theater Company); Exposure dir. Victor Cervantes (Middle Voice Theater Company); Henry V dir. Michael Sexton (Rutgers Theater Company); Henry V dir. Tim Walker (The London Shakespeare's Globe Education); and, An Evening of Odets dir. Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Rutgers Theater Company). Cesar also plays the role of Jonathan in the pilot Guap by Chris Myers.
Hometown: Old Lyme, CT
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.
Lauren is an actor, teaching artist and singer from Monmouth County, New Jersey. Middle Voice productions include: Agnes by Catya McMullen, Graduation Day by Emily Daly, Room for One by Alec Siblerblatt and Come to Starr Street by Ren Santiago. To see more, visit www.laurenannunziata.com.
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Victor is an actor/director/writer/producer. 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: 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.”
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!
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 DiUbaldo is a writer living in New York City. His plays include Exposure, Wayward, Boomer’s Millennial Hero Story, Under the Water Tower, and It’s Only Quiet in the Dark. His work has appeared in production and workshop in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Steve's play, Exposure, was a selection for The Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference 2017. He is a proud member of the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater apprentice company, “The Middle Voice,” was a 2014 terraNOVA Collective “Groundbreaker,” and a 2015 member of Page 73’s “Interstate 73” writers group. Steve was the recipient of the Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in 2015, where his play “Wayward” was developed and produced. He was awarded “The Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwright Foundation Fellowship” and the “Excellence in Playwriting” Award at NYU, where he received his MFA (’13) in Dramatic Writing. He has been to the NCAA Tournament as a Division-1 basketball player and to the Grammy’s as a Beyonce dancer. He is represented in film and television by Jeff Ciabattari at Thruline Entertainment.
Alex Keegan's directing includes APLOMB (The Habitat), Krista Knight's SELKIE, Margot Connolly's TOUGH (Williamstown), Paula Caplan's SHADES (Cherry Lane Theatre), Gracie Gardner's PRIMARY (Sanguine / IRT), Kirby Fields' LOST/NOT FOUND (UP Theater), and new work with MCC FreshPlay, The Flea, O'Neill Theater Center YPF, UglyRhino, Fresh Ground Pepper, NYU Tisch, and The Wild Project. Assistant Directing - Broadway: 24 HOUR PLAYS; Williamstown: Boo Killebrew's ROMANCE NOVELS... (dir. Moritz von Stuelpnagel), Sam Hunter's A GREAT WILDERNESS (dir. Eric Ting); Woolly Mammoth: Clare Barron's BABY SCREAMS MIRACLE (dir. Howard Shalwitz). She is a recipient of New York Theatre Workshop's Adelphi Residency and The Drama League's Artist Residency. Member/Alum: Rattlestick's Middle Voice, The Habitat Directors Playground, Williamstown Directing Corps, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Civilians R&D Group, Women's Project & New Dramatists Internships. BA: Brown University. Associate Member, SDC.
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Xavier Galva is a Dominican- American writer/performer/ teaching artist born in Washington Heights and raised in the Bronx. He trained as an actor at the ATLANTIC ACTING SCHOOL. He is a founding member of The Rattlestick's apprentice company: The Middle Voice. He’s an Alumni of the 2014-2015 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group, the MCC Theater youth company, and the 2016 PlayLabs series. His plays have been developed by MCC Theater, Clubbed Thumb, and The Middle Voice
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: South Bronx, NY
Alexander Lambie grew up in the Bronx and a few neighborhoods in Queens. He studied at Atlantic Acting School. For Lambie, the discovery that he is an actor was the start of exploring the ways in which he could investigate and document his own specific experience. He has seen the ways that an exploration and confession of what's true about the self can create bridges to what's true about other people from all over the world. For that sake he hopes to use his work in theater as the medium for his confession.
Past work includes: Orpheus and the Berkshires and Poster Boy (Williamstown Theater Festival '16) The Parlour (Walkerspace) and The Pearl and the Black Sea (Hunter College Graduate Playwright festival)
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.
Anthony Ritosa is an actor and LGBTQ community organizer from NE Ohio. He seeks out collaboration in all aspects of his life, and the theatre is the perfect place to work with people you love, trust, and respect.
Anthony studied Drama at NYU and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He has performed off-Broadway with Atlantic Theater Company (Camp Kappawanna), Live Source Theatre Group (The Incredible Fox Sisters), and all across the country. Anthony continues his studies in French and flying trapeze in NYC.
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. She worked 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: 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.
Mike is an NYC based actor, writer, and comedian. Recent credits: Night of the Iguana (the A.R.T., dir. Michael Wilson), Lucy Thurber’s Orpheus In the Berkshires (Williamstown), Red Light Winter (International ItSelf Festival; recipient of Best Actor in a Lead Role), Heads (Acorn Theater; dir. Laura Savia), Have You Been There? (Williamstown; dir. Jenna Worsham), and many more. NYU-Tisch BFA grad. www.MikeTurnerNYC.com
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.
Hometown: Cumming, GA
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.
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.
Middle Voice Productions
The Enclave examines the horror of gay shame, privilege inequity, and the need to have like-minded peers in order to survive. Funded by a generous grant from the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation and The Arthur Laurents Centennial Award. April 2018.