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Daniella Topol is the Artistic Director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in the West Village. Her critically-acclaimed world premiere theater productions: Martyna Majok’s Ironbound (Rattlestick), Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer (EST/P73/Women’s Project), and (Not) Water, co-created with Sheila Callaghan(3 Legged Dog/New Georges). Rachel Bonds' Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep), Jessica Dickey’s Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick Theatre) and Row after Row (Women’s Project), Rajiv Joseph’s Monster at the Door (Alley Theatre), Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India (Magic Theatre and MaYi Theatre), Carla Ching’s Sugarhouse at the Edge of the Wilderness (MaYi Theatre), Willy Holtzman’s The Morini Strad (City Theatre), Sheila Callaghan’s Dead City (New Georges) and Lascivious Something (Women’s Project), and Janet Allard and Niko Tsakalakos’ Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Company).

Originally from the suburbs of Washington, DC, Daniella moved to Pittsburgh to get her undergraduate degree in directing from Carnegie Mellon where she also received her Masters of Arts Management. She became the Associate Producing Director of City Theatre, where she directed plays while developing programming for the Lester Hamburg Studio Theatre and running the education and literary departments. Daniella then moved to New York and became the New Works Program Director at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, then became the Managing Director and subsequently the Artistic Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center until June 2008 when she became a freelance director. 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 daughter.

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Playhouse on Park, in Collaboration with Charter Oak Cultural Center, Will Host Hartford Jewish Playwriting Contest

In collaboration with Charter Oak Cultural Center and the Jewish Plays Project, Playhouse on Park is hosting the 8th Annual Hartford Jewish Playwriting Contest.

Charter Oak Cultural Center and Playhouse on Park Join to Host Jewish Playwriting Contest 2024

In collaboration with Charter Oak Cultural Center and the Jewish Plays Project, Playhouse on Park is hosting the 8th Annual Hartford Jewish Playwriting Contest.

O TIME Adds Performance At United Solo Festival

United Solo Festival's O TIME has added an encore performance on March 27th 2PM!

Coalition Of Immigrant Artists Launches Initiative To Combat Xenophobia In The Theater Industry

COALITION OF IMMIGRANT ARTISTS is launching an initiative to combat xenophobia in the theater industry. The Immigrant Theatermakers Advocacy initiative works with institutions to reverse xenophobic policies and support immigrant artists.

ZIONISTA RISING Wins 12th National Jewish Playwriting Contest

ZIONISTA RISING by Alexa Derman has won the 12th Annual Jewish Playwriting Contest.

Road Theatre Company & New York's Jewish Plays Project Present WHO BY FIRE Workshop This Month

THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY (Taylor Gilbert, Founder/Artistic Director together with Sam Anderson, Artistic Director) in partnership with the Jewish Plays Project (David Winitsky, Artistic Director), have announced a one-night only reading presentation of 2021 National Jewish Playwriting Contest Winner, WHO BY FIRE, written by Talisa Friedman and directed by legendary casting director John Levey.  

Complete Cast and Creative Team Set for THE COTILLION World Premiere at A.R.T./New York

New Georges and The Movement Theatre Company will present The Harriet Holland Social Club Presents The 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in the Grand Ballroom of The Renaissance Hotel written and directed by Colette Robert.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Cherry Lane Acquired, Weissberg Commissions Announced

A24 is entering the live theatre realm - the revered production and distribution company has acquired the Cherry Lane Theater. We’ve long seen media companies make their way toward Broadway, but A24 entering the off-Broadway space comes after Audible successfully did so a few seasons ago.

Rattlestick Theater Names Will Davis As Artistic Director

After an inclusive nationwide search led by ALJP Consulting and a dedicated group of board, staff, and affiliated artists, Off-Broadway's Rattlestick Theater has named Will Davis, a director, choreographer, and producer of new work as Artistic Director. Davis will succeed Daniella Topol, who served as Artistic Director since 2016.

Rattlestick Theater Names Will Davis As Its Next Artistic Director

Rattlestick Theater has named Will Davis as its next Artistic Director, taking the helm from Daniella Topol - a role she’s held since 2016.

Rattlestick Theater Names Will Davis as Artistic Director

Off-Broadway's Rattlestick Theater has announced Will Davis as its next artistic director. He will succeed Daniella Topol, who served as artistic director since 2016. 

Studio Theatre Names Danilo Gambini as New Associate Artistic Director

Studio Theatre has announced that director Danilo Gambini will assume the role of Associate Artistic Director.

Photos: Inside the Opening Of The New West Village Rehearsal Co-Op

On Tuesday, January 24 HERE, IndieSpace, New Ohio and Rattlestick cut the ribbon for, and welcomed the public into, their 99-year rehearsal space, the West Village Rehearsal Co-Op. See photos from the opening celebration.

Six Finalists Announced for the 2023 Jewish Playwriting Contest

The Jewish Plays Project has announced the six finalists for the 2023 Jewish Playwriting Contest, the JPP's 12th annual competition celebrating the best in contemporary Jewish playwriting, with the hopes of seeing these plays find world premier productions.

HERE, IndieSpace, New Ohio, And Rattlestick Form Rehearsal Co-Op

In an unprecedented collaboration, HERE, IndieSpace, New Ohio and Rattlestick have formed the West Village Rehearsal Co-Op located at 60-74 Gansevoort Street New York, NY 10014 in partnership with Community Board #2 (CB2), Aurora Capital Associates, and William Gottlieb Real Estate.

Rattlestick Theater to Host Community Conversation With Cast of THE GETT

Rattlestick Theater will present a community conversation following the 7:00pm performance of The Gett on Friday, December 2nd, 2022. 

Industry Pro Newsletter: Orchestras Back on the Road, Streaming Continues for Some Companies

With many theatres getting into the swing of things with their holiday offerings, the end of 2022 is now in sight for many companies. The last few years have seen seismic shifts in how the industry operates, andCara Joy David brings us a great piece about how some companies are keeping streaming open as a way to maintain access for audiences.

bb brecht's HOLIDAY YULETIDE SPECTACULAR to Kick Off New Georges' 30th Anniversary Season

New Georges will kick off its 30th Anniversary season with a one-night-only special presentation of bb brecht’s Holiday Yuletide Spectacular, created by Miranda Haymon. On Wednesday December 14, 2022, audiences are invited to spend their holiday party season with bb brecht and his friends at Dixon Place.

Is Streaming Theatre Over?

Streaming helped the industry stay alive through the pandemic. Now, as audiences are again heading to the theater, many theaters are ceasing streaming options. However, some are digging in on their commitment to virtual viewing.

Terrence McNally Foundation Launches to Provide Support to Emerging Playwrights

Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy has announced the creation of the Terrence McNally Foundation, continuing the legendary playwright's singular legacy of mentorship and activism.

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