The Middle Company is our resident acting company. To become a member you must submit an application and log 20 workshop or class hours. You do not need to be a Middle Company member to attend classes and workshops. There is no membership fee and we do not differentiate between hours logged at paid or free workshops.


Why become a Middle Company member?

  • 15% discount on all Lab workshops

  • Invitations to special company-only master classes and events

  • Participate in shows and readings

  • Check out plays from play library

  • Apply to produce, rehearse and develop your own work


What responsibilities do Middle Company members have?

  • Team lead 1 open house per season

  • Assist with workshop set up and break down

  • Co-host field trips to plays in the HV and NYC

Liz Dahmen, Founding Director
As a director, Liz's work has been seen at The NY International Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, and The Knitting Factory. In 2016 she founded The Middle Company and since then has produced and directed two community devised pieces, "Antigone Unbound" and "Living Closely." Acting credits include Varya in The Cherry Orchard at The Classic Stage Company, Stella in Ex-Antwone at PS 122. She has a BFA in Acting from Tisch and an MA in Educational Theatre from Steinhardt/NYU.
Tara Vamos
Tara has a background in interactive performance art. In November 2017 Tara wrote, starred in, and cooked for Low on Plot Dinner Theater: Putnam County Sheriff Edition. If pressed she will make up a song about you on demand. I am over the moon to have found such a fantastic group of people to create theater with in my neighborhood. For the past 17 months Tara Vamos has tried to convert herself into a powerful witch solely through the act of refusing to cut her hair.
Christine Kelly
Christine went to college with a plan to become an actuary. Her plans changed when she stepped onto the stage. She graduated with a BA in theater, but still loves all things mathematical. After 20 years in her most challenging role, Mom, Christine is returning to the theater with The MIddle Company. Christine joined The Middle Company to reignite her creative spark and produce collaborative, uninhibited, in-the-moment art. Christine is an amazing shower singer and still harbors fantasies of bein
Lourdes Laifer
Ever grateful to have had the luxury and privilege to dedicate the last 19 year to raising her daughters Lourdes is thrilled to once again be at creative play with The Middle Company. Having a place to create, collaborate and experiment with such a wonderful group of people is absolute bliss! In addition to acting and writing, other downtime pleasures include nature walks, reading, meditating and watching films with her daughters while consuming copious amounts of chocolate.
Laura Danilov
Performed in various theatre roles & improv/sketch troupes in NYC, the Hudson Valley, and LA. Past teaching jobs include co-directing for after-school programs & summer camp, private singing coach and movement specialist. Currently singing with The Brasiles Ensemble and Putnam Joy, previously, the band, The Lonely. In addition to performing, Laura is a Life Coach, working with Actors, Singers & Moms Making a Difference. I love the collaborative aspect of this group and supportive environment.
Alexa Cinque
Alexa is a current student who enjoys all of the enriching opportunities that the preforming arts has to offer. Alexa has enjoyed many forms of art since early childhood, however writing, acting and painting have always particularly interested her. Alexa is very excited to be apart of the middle company, and to have new opportunity to grow and expand as an actress.
Cal Lane
Cal is a playwright based in the Hudson Valley. Readings: Peanut Butter Crackers (Skidmore College Theater Playwright’s Lab), Julian (The Middle Company Summer New Works Series). Film: Grass (Writer, Director). He has also interned at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and The New Group. When not writing, Cal can be found wrangling elementary school kids or walking his dog.
Molly Heilly
Molly has loved the performing arts ever since she discovered it as a teen. Over the years she has been in productions as well as workshops . She loves the fact that theater and the performing arts are an access point to truth. She is also a ceramic artist locally. She joined the Middle Company because of it’s non competitive approach to the performing arts, as well as it being open and not elitists to the local community. She is also is interested in the healing arts.
Michael Reisman
Michael has done theatre in many places, sometimes in a “theatre.” Favorite experiences: leading the Blind Boys of Alabama onstage in “Gospel at Colunus,” persuading the cops not to confiscate a shopping cart during “The Second Shepherd’s Play” in front of S.F. City Hall, and a touring production of “Nearly Lear” in the psych wards at Bellevue Hospital. I joined the Middle Company for creative inspiration.
Ellen O'Neill
Ellen has won finalist status at GrooveMama Ink, StageLeft Studio, HB Studios & Tongue in Cheek Theater, in NYC and at HVP Short Play Festival, THE CENTER, Rhinebeck. In 2017 her play was chosen and performed at HVSF Bake Off at Philipstown Depot Theater. I thought The Middle Company concept the perfect extension of our “Our Town” experience; A magic formula bringing people from the community together, growing and learning through the love of arts.
Carole Penner
Theatre has been in my life since childhood. The physical theatre has been the one place where I feel most connected to people and emotions. Most of my performing has been with Community Theatre groups, where I found like-minded people to share my passion with. I joined The Middle Company to become part of a group of “regular” people who also wanted to have theatre be an important part of their lives. When I was younger, the only thing I ever wanted to be was a jazz singer.
Alex Yasuna
Have you ever watched a movie an thought, “man that would be fun to be in?” Or caught a play and thought “that must be awesome to try?” Well that’s just what I thought too! This is a blast and quite a different experince from the normal 8 to 4 job. My friend and I were at a trivia event the company held on earth day, so I wanted to join to roll with it and see how it would be. I hate my printer. Whenever I go to print anything, I just get jazz music and an error message that the paper is jamming
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