Voices Inside

VOICES INSIDE is an inspirational inmate writing and theater program at Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison near Danville, KY that uses theater arts and creative thinking to increase communication skills, build self-esteem and humanize and enrich the lives of those closed off behind bars.

The short plays created in this award-winning program were presented to a New York audience on Sunday, March 1st at 5pm at Theaterlab.

Participating artists include:

Sam Black (Actor, Freeworld) is a New York based actor who recently performed in “The F-Word” as part of the Gallery Players New Play Festival. Sam graduated this past May from SMU with a BFA in Acting, and moved to New York with a lot to prove. Much love to Goose and Keely.

McCaleb Burnett (Dink, Those Unanswered Questions). Mr. Burnett has worked in Film, TV, and Theatre since 2002.  Most notably, he played Tommy Boatwright in The Public Theatre’s production of The Normal Heart (Drama Desk Nom), Jim in A Little Journey (Drama Desk – The Mint), and Tommy In Stay, the final play in Lucy Thurber’s Obie winning cycle The Hill Town Plays (Rattlestick Playwrite’s Theatre), as well as numerous other plays in New York, LA, and regionally. In Film he’s worked with Justin Lin three times, in Disney’s Annapolis, Finishing the Game: The Search for the Bruce Lee, and Fast and Furious.  His other studio credits include The Men Who Stare at Goats and Alejandro Inarritu’s The Revenant.  Independently – Graduation Day, Immigration Tango, If I’d Known I Was a Genius, Beatbox, Mutual Friends and the upcoming Tigertale (dir. Alan Yang, NETFLIX).
On television, Mr. Burnett has appeared in Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law And Order: Criminal Intent, Presidio Med, Golden Boy, Ed, CSI: NY, NYC 22, The Good Fight, and Limitless. He recurred on Citizen Baines, Philly, Daredevil, and Brooklyn Animal Control. Upcoming TV miniseries JOE PENNA/RYAN MORRISON Project (NEFLIX).Mr. Burnett is a graduate of Brown University and the New York University’s Graduate Acting Program where he was a Gary Kalkin memorial fellow.

Gil Charleston (Actor, Get A Life) is an AMDA graduate who has performed in numerous theater productions in NYC. Favorite roles include Booster in Jitney and Micheal Lawrence in the one man show Die Laughing. Also co-created and co-starred in the webseries Stills, currently airing on YouTube. Thanks and much love to my crew near and far.

Mark Coffin (Actor, Those Unanswered Questions) most recently appeared as Vice-President Walter ‘Fritz’ Mondale in Confidence: And The Speech (Theater Row). Off-Broadway: The Cake, MTC; Transport Irish Rep. New York: The Dreyfus Affair, BAM; Cabaret, The Secret Theatre; Stupid Fucking Bird, LIU Guest Artist; Men’s Lives, Bay Street Theatre; Wearing Black, (NYMF 2015, Outstanding Individual Performance Award). Regional: World Premiere 2018 A Christmas Carol, Off-The-Wall Stages, Carnegie PA; High Time, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse; Wit, Triad Stages, NC; My Fair Lady, Pittsburgh Public Theater. Films: “Confession” directed by Angelique Capozzi (Starr Films, Ltd); “By Jingo,” directed and written by Ryan Caraway; “R&J: the Web Series” directed by John Hurley. Coffin has performed in concert internationally from Vancouver, BC to St. Petersburg, Russia (The Hermitage) and throughout the United States (Carnegie Hall). He is a MAC Award nominee and two time Backstage Bistro Award winner. He is a proud member of Actors Equity, SAG/AFTRA and The Actors Center.

Trey Cruz (Actor, Champions) is an actor from the Lower East side. A graduate of Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s evening conservatory. While taking classes at Stella Adler he’s had the opportunity to work with a great director in Lanie Zipoy, shooting a film called ‘The Subject’. He has also had the opportunity to work with Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre performing for a play called “What’s wrong with you” by Jan Rosenberg. He is actively involved in an outreach program called Outside/In that helps bring theatre to rehabs as well as correction facilities.

Lauren Kiele DeLeon (Director, Freeworld) is an Uruguayan-American director, poet, and intimacy director. Her work focuses primarily on theatre for social change, climate change, and the female presenting body on stage. Directing credits include City Theatre Next Generation (Adrienne Arsht Center), Men On Boats (SUNY Purchase), FM (SUNY Purchase), Let Me Explain… (SUNY Purchase), Austentation (SUNY Purchase), Ladies of the Land (AD, Drama League), The One Minute Play Festival (INTAR), A Hannukah Carol (West of 10th), Playgrounds (The Lark), Serials (The Flea), Recipe for A Sellout (The Wild Project), Surely Goodness and Mercy (AD, Theatre Row), Stork (Hudson Guild Theatre), Tonantzin (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), and Bad Penny (AD, The Flea). Upcoming, Lauren is intimacy directing Modern Chalk Circle, The Secretaries, and Titus Andronicus around NYC. Lauren is the Development Assistant at The Lark Theatre, a Resident Director at The Flea Theatre, a member of Roundabout Theatre’s Directors Group, a director for New Perscpectives Theatre Company, and a director for 48Hours in…™ El Bronx!;a collaboration between Pregones Theater/PRTT and Harlem9, Inc.. She is a graduate from SUNY Purchase College with a BA in Theatre & Performance Directing and minor in Playwriting and trains with Intimacy Director and Choreographer Professionals.  www.laurenkdeleon.com

William Gallagher (Actor, Champions) is an actor, writer and singer/songwriter. He has also studied martial arts from a young age and is a fight choreographer.  He is a founding member of the Outside/In Theater Company at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting – one of the city’s first re-entry arts programs for formerly incarcerated individuals and those recovering from drugs and alcohol. He truly believes in the healing nature of theater and has dedicated his life to helping others realize their dreams and nurture their own humanity. 

Maurice Geddie (Tweezy, Champions) is a 27-year-old African American Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Manager. He grew up in Red Hook Brooklyn, NY and went to Boys and Girls High School. He join Stella Adler Studio Of Acting In 2009 and became one of Stella Adler’s first Outreach students. He began taking on various roles in Plays written By The Famous playwright Willam Shakespeare, such as Julius Cesar and Two Gentleman Of Verona. From working on and off stage he was inspired by his Acting Directors, Sydney King, Carlos Caldart & Susan Petcheam. Maurice started to want more. He began running his own Acting Production titled W.Y.K Production. It stands for What You Know and Who You Know.   

V Greene (Director, A Spider’s Web) is a director, facilitator, and maker with a passion for new work development. They are a member of the inaugural Roundabout Directors Group, and their work has been seen at The Tank, Fordham University, Dixon Place, and IRT. V was a member of OSF’s FAIR program, and a recipient of Hampshire College’s Community Partnerships for Social Change grant. They have worked with the PEN International Voices Festival, the Singapore Literature Festival, and Cornerstone Theater Company, among others.

Alex Hanna (Actor, Those Unanswered Questions) is a New York based Actor. Theatre: The Flick (Original Cast, dir. Sam Gold); Romeo and Juliet (Hartford Stage, dir. Darko Tresnjak); Other Desert Cities (Rep St. Louis, dir. Steve Woolf); A Kid Like Jake (Rep St. Louis, dir. Seth Gordon); A Night Out (dir. Knud Adams). TV: Blindspot (NBC). Ensemble Member: Lesser America. Education: NYU; Juilliard.

Julie Kline (Director, Those Unanswered Questions) is a New York City-based director, actor, and writer, with a passion for developing new plays, and conceiving community-based performances that theatricalize personal stories. Recent directing credits include Jane: Abortion and the Underground (benefit reading starring Cynthia Nixon, Ana Gasteyer, Monique Coleman, and Kathy Najimy), Doubt (Franklin Stage Company), Raising Jo (Theater Row), Magdalen (Edinburgh Festival Fringe and theaters across the US), Bombshell of Rhythm (Soho Playhouse), and original theater works Seniors and the City. www.juliekline.com

Ivan Moore (Actor, Protein Deficient). I was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. I began to study acting in my late teens-early twenties It started after watching Sidney Poitier in ” A Raisin in the Sun”.At that moment, I was bitten by the acting bug…so to speak. I began my studies at  the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After spending a year there, I eventually went to CCNY and continued my studies at the Leonard Davis Center for performing Arts where I graduated with a BFA in acting and theatre. I have always continued my studies with various instructors thru the years. I spent two years studying at the William Esper Studios under Bill Esper. I currently study with acting coach/Teacher Rob McCaskillI have been blessed to work on several Television programs such as BULL and Gotham as well as netflix shows such as Kimmy schimit and LUKE CAGE. The thing that I want people to know the most about me is I love what I do. I love the history and the craft of acting.  I have been very fortunate to work and meet some truly fine actors and wonderful people. I look forward to my future in the arts because I feel…The best is yet to come
Thank you for taking the time……

Jolene Noelle (Director, Protein Deficient) is a freelance dramaturg, director, and theatrical wanderer. Her interests include devised theatre, physical theatre, and anything that exists in extremes. Jolene has been investigating the efficacy of horror aesthetics on stage, often directing and writing about the horror genre.  Recent credits include: Dramaturg: Exposure, Next In Line Productions; The Hour of the Star, Columbia Stages; Ripper, Times Scare; Lilith, Columbia Univ. Asst. Director: BLACKOUT: House.  Director: Video Clare, Columbia Univ. Literary Fellow: Geva Theatre.

Suzy PetchEam (Director, Champions). A graduate of Pace University with a BFA in Acting, Suzy currently serves as the Director of Outreach Field Programsat the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. creating, cultivating and leading arts education based programs for at-risk and under-served youth in multiple public and alternative  schools. She also manages and grows an Outreach program that serves multiple facilities on Rikers Island, Manhattan Detention Complex, Twin Towers with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, and several of the country’s largest drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.  She is currently leading and serving as the Director of the Outside/In Theatre Project – the city’s first re-entry arts internship program. With Outside/In, she has directed and appeared in many productions surrounding such relevant themes as healing, leaders, image and forgiveness.  A committed Actor Warrior, Suzy manages the Adler Ambassadors, a volunteer team of Conservatory students and Alumni working within the various programs of the Outreach Division, while also training and managing an ambitious and dedicated faculty that bring our mission of healing and compassion to all of our students on a daily basis.  

Tobias Segal (Bubby, Get a Life). Tobias is currently appearing in the ABC series For Life produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson based on the life of Isaac Wright Jr. His most recent Film roles include John Wick Chapters 2 and 3. His last theatrical appearances were at the McCarter Theater in Five Mile Lake and Antony and Cleopatra, both directed by Emily Mann. He is a proud member of The Actors Center.

DeMone Seraphin (Director, Get A Life). is an award-winning actor/singer/director and the founding artistic director of The New American Theatre Co. NY.  DeMone’s most recent directorial work includes the critically acclaimed Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks at WSC Avant Bard for which he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction Of A Play, the Off Broadway revival of Dennis McIntyre’s SPLIT SECOND, ONCE UPONZI TIME at the McCarter Theatre, and the new Off  Broadway musical YOURS TRULY, Ella. Much love and gratitude to Lanie  Zipoy for the invitation to play. 

Angel Zeas (Actor, A Spider’s Web) is a New York City (born and bred) based theater artist. Interested in exploring societal issues using the aesthetics found in speculative fiction and fantasy, Angel uses performance and writing to imagine a “Post-American Fantasy”. They credit their drive and training to the National Theater Institute (Spring 2015), a copious amount of video games, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.