Founding Artistic Director

Liz is the founder of The Middle Company and the Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory. As a director and writer, Liz's work has been seen at The NY International Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, and The Knitting Factory. She is the author of numerous theater pieces, including “Love Songs, Candy Hearts, and Form Letters,” “Teach A Girl To Fish,” and “The Lesbian Overtones Interfaith Holiday Spectacular.”  Liz has worked as a teaching artist for The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival since 2015. Acting credits include Varya in The Cherry Orchard at The Classic Stage Company, and Stella in Ex-Antwone at PS 122. She has a BFA in Acting from the Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in Educational Theatre from Steinhardt/NYU. Liz is a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.



Technical Director/Staff Writer

Emily graduated from SUNY Orange in 2010 and Cedarville University in 2012, studying English and Theater. She co-founded Dykeman Donovan Theater Lab in 2015, producing and acting in “Requiem,” which earned a grant from the Orange County Arts Council in 2016, and “The Bear,” which was featured in the Newburgh Illuminated Festival in 2017. She has worked with Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory since 2018--wearing many hats, including performer, lighting designer, and script writer.



Creative Producer

Sarah is a New York-based theatre artist and graduate from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her BFA in Theatre, with a focus on acting and playwriting. During her time at NYU, Sarah studied with Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, developing a strong background in the creation of new and devised work, as well as The Classical Studio, training extensively in Shakespearean verse and performance. As a playwright, her work has been read and performed at Playwrights Downtown in NYC and the Jermyn Street Theatre in London.



Resident Stage Manager

Hannah grew up in the Hudson Valley. She went to Binghampton University where she studied Biology. In addition to her work as resident stage manager at the Lab she has also contributed as a writer to all of the Lab’s devised productions. She has always been interested in the arts and she loves being a part of the Lab..