Daniellla Topol director

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Daniella Topol is a New-York based freelance theater director primarily focused on working with writers to develop and direct relevant, theatrical and adventuresome new plays and musicals. Upcoming world premiere productions include: Rachel Bonds' Five Mile Lake (South Coast Rep), Cori Thomas’ When January Feels Like Summer (Ensemble Studio Theatre in a co-production with P73).  Recent world premiere productions include: 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). Other recent second productions include: Anna Ziegler's PHOTOGRAPH 51 (Theatre J), Susan Bernfield's STRETCH (People's Light and Theatre 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.

Daniellla Topol director