Producing theater to inspire empathy and provoke conversations in response to the complexities of our culture.
Artistic Director: Daniella Topol
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.
Development Manager: Kazem Ghouchani
Kazem Ghouchani is aDevelopment 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.
Community Partner Liasson: Shadi Ghaheri
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 atTehran’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
Producing Associate: Kevin Hourigan
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.
Grant Writer: Jolene Noelle
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: Directing Fellow
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