The Rattlestick Core Team
Meet the members of Rattlestick's Core Team.
Artistic Director: Daniella Topol
Managing Director: Yue Liu
Development Manager: Kaz Ghouchani
Office Manager: Michael San Roman
Producing Associate: Kevin Hourigan
Community Partners Liaisson: Shadi Ghaheri
Grant Writer: Jolene Noelle
Directing Fellow: Em Weinstein
Tow Playwright-in-Residence: Ren Dara Santiago
Literary Fellow, Shank Resident Playwright: Ava Geyer
Literary Manager Jessi D. Hill
Literary Team Ngozi Anyanwu, Shadi Ghaheri, Vered Hankin, Jessi D. Hill, David Mendizábal, Daniel Talbott, Cori Thomas
Social Media Manager Patrick Foley
New Works/New Voices Partner Rosalind Productions, Inc (Abigail Rose Solomon, Executive Producer; Jennifer Kranz, Director of Creative Development)
Accountants Richard E. Cohen, CPA & Blitzer Gelfand & Cohen, PC
Management Services Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation
Development Consultant Jennie Greer
Organization Consultant Nello McDaniel, Arts Action Research
General Press Representative John Wyszniewski, Everyman Agency
Daniella Topol’s world premiere productions include: Martyna Majok’s Ironbound (Rattlestick; Roundhouse; Steppenwolf’s First Look, NY Times Critics’ Pick), Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick) and Row After Row (Women’s Project), Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer (Ensemble Studio Theatre/P73/Women’s Proj; NY Times Critics’ Pick), Rachel Bonds’ Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges) and Lascivious Something (Women’s Project), Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Tony Meneses’ Guadalupe in the Guest Room (Two River), Catherine Treischmann’s How the World Began (South Coast Rep and Women’s Project), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (MaYi and Magic).
Topol has been the Artistic Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center, New Works Program Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and Associate Producing Director of City Theatre. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Directing Program where she also has a Masters in Arts Management. She has directed readings and workshops for a number of companies and is currently a member of the board of the Lark Play Development Center, has been a grants review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NY State Council on the Arts and TCG. She is an NYTW Usual Suspect, member of EST, a Women’s Project Lab alumnus, and a New Georges affiliated artist. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and 5-year old daughter.
Yue Liu is a theatre producer, general manager, and graphic designer. Since moved to New York in 2013, Yue has worked with Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater, Classic Stage Company, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Roundabout Theatre Company, DR Theatrical Management, and Town Square Productions. Yue holds an MFA from Columbia University in Theatre Management & Producing and an MA from the University of Oregon in Arts Administration.
Kazem Ghouchani is a Development and Marketing professional with over 4 years of experience in community building and cultural programming. Kazem holds an MBA from Hult International Business School with a passion for developing cultural programs for grassroots initiatives and communities. Promoting social justice has always been a driving force that has pushed them to look for ways to use art as a medium to build diverse communities. As a queer athiest, from Tehran, Kazem served as a Development and Production manager of Emruz Festival before they joined Rattlestick.
In addition to his work at Rattlestick, Michael San Roman is a director, actor, and writer. He graduated from Skidmore College in 2017 with a major in Theater with concentrations in Directing and Acting and a minor in Political Science. He has also recently worked with En Garde Arts and 3DaysPrior. He spent 2018 in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona working on a political campaign. He is currently based in Brooklyn.
Kevin Hourigan is a director of plays, opera, music, and devised work. Some of his credits include: Blood Wedding, The Merchant of Venice, The Hour of Great Mercy by Miranda Rose Hall, and Tiny by Sarah B. Mantell (Yale School of Drama); Lake Kelsey by Dylan Frederick, I’m with you in Rockland, a devised work based on Howl (Yale Cabaret); Cenerentola (Curtis Opera Theater); Talk to me about Shame (NYFringe and at the Syrena Theatre in Warsaw, Poland); Sweeney Todd (Performing Arts Institute); Gentlemen of Kentucky by Thomas Daniel Valls (Dixon Place); and Magellanica by A. J. Ditty (Access Theater). As an assistant/associate director, Kevin has worked with directors Rachel Chavkin, Nicky Silver, Christine Jones, Jackson Gay, John Jesurun, Laura Savia, and Mike Donahue.
He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where he was the artistic director of the Yale Cabaret's 2016-2017 season, and has his BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Shadi Ghaheri is a director and choreographer from Tehran, Iran. She has directed The Girl is Chained, Death of Yazdgerd, Titus Andronicus, and Wrong River, and choreographed Passion (Yale School of Drama). Other Credits, The Slow Sound of Snow (Yale Cabaret). Shadi was Co-Artistic Director of Yale Summer Cabaret’s 2017 season, directing The Trojan Women, and Lear. She directed Art and devised a piece called A Stranger Walking in My Room at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University. She has also led workshops at Iranian refugee camps for Afghani children fleeing the war in their country. Shadi was a 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. shadighaheri.com
Jolene Noelle is a dramaturg and story consultant. Recent projects include the award-winning webseries Tuesday Nights (written by Celine Song, Harrison David Rivers, Leah Nanako Winkler, Jeremy Tiang and Laura Zlatos); Wendy, Peter, Peter, Wendy written by Joshua Conkel for Single Carrot Theatre, Baltimore; ACE, written and performed by Emmy Award-winning comedian Ted Greenberg in Philadelphia and Off-Broadway NYC. She is a generative dramaturg member of the New Georges Jam. Program Director; Theaterlab. MFA: Columbia University. Shinyobjectsdramaturgy.com
Em Weinstein (Director) is a writer and director of theater, film and opera. Em has written and/or directed work for companies such as New Georges, the 52nd Street Project, Shakespeare & Company, Glasshouse Lab, Collaboraction, Working Theater, En Garde Arts, The Museum of Ice Cream, the Orchard Project, and the Prototype Festival. Em’s short film Candace played numerous festivals worldwide including the Mill Valley Film Festival, Outfest, and the American Pavilion Emerging LGBTQ Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won Best Film. Em has an M.F.A. in Directing from Yale School of Drama and a B.A. from Smith College. www.emweinstein.com
Ren Dara Santiago is an award-winning Fila-Rican playwright from Yonkers and Harlem. Ren’s work has received development with The Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Gingold Theatrical Group, IRT Theater, Labyrinth Theater, MCC Theater, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Rising Phoenix Rep, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She is a guest teaching artist at The National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; a member of Rising Phoenix Rep; former Artistic Producer and founding member of Middle Voice at Rattlestick; and an eternal member of The Baldwin Project by Lucy Thurber. Ren is the proud recipient of the MCC Alumni Award and the inaugural recipient of Rising Phoenix Rep’s Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award.