THE
VOICES
PROJECT
Creation ~ Amplification ~ Conversation

THE
VOICES
PROJECT

VOICES should be heard.

A curated space where performers can not only showcase their connection to Shakespeare, but also explore how that fits into their broader identities as artists and citizens. Each actor-created film finds its “voice” at the intersection of two performed pieces that amplify or challenge each other: one by Shakespeare and one from another source.

Our long-term goal for this project is for it to stand as an expanding example of the depth, breadth, and intersectionality of the talent pool that is far too underrepresented in American classical theatre.

Are you interested in exhibiting a VOICES PROJECT film?
E-mail submissions@nysx.org for more information.

NYSX enthusiastically supports the #ArtistsShouldBePaid movement. Please consider making a contribution to be allocated
to The Voices Project artist fund.

Each actor chosen for exhibition in The Voices Project is provided a
one-time honorarium of $100. Your donation will directly support a voice
that deserves to be heard.

Ezra Tozian

Ezra Tozian (they/them/theirs) is a multidisciplinary artist rocking it out in D.C. and NYC. They were recently recognized as one of “19 Theatre Makers You Should Know” by American Theatre and is most known for originating the role of Cesario in Illyria, or What You Will (Avant Bard). Some of their recent credits include This Vessel is a Fragile Thing (4615 Theatre), Three Sisters (Avant Bard), and Sad Girl Hours (Kennedy Center). They are also a Resident Artist of 4615 Theatre (DC) and The Fled Collective (NYC). 

Website:  ezratozian.com 
  

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EZRA WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS: 


DC Rape Crisis Center 


Casa Ruby 


HIPS

Warren Jackson

Born in Indianapolis, Ren was molded in the deserts of Arizona, ran the gauntlet on the stages of Chicago, then emerged in the thriving theater and teaching artist community in New York. This Midwest kid was soon welcomed as a company member with the site-specific theater company, Brave New World Rep out Brooklyn for a few years.

In addition to his regional theater work, which includes companies from Maine down to the beaches of Sarasota, he spent ample time in New York charter and public schools, as a teaching artist. Being a former competitive athlete, much of his style in his artistic work is committed to helping to create a physical narrative that supplements and highlights the text.

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REN WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT (and support) THESE ORGANIZATIONS:

WAM Theater ~ wamtheatre.com

Cincinnati Shakespeare Theater ~ cincyshakes.com

Fonseca Theater Company ~ fonsecatheatre.org

Lower Depth Theatre ~ lower-depth.com

Native American Education ~ www.aiefprogram.org

Jeffrey Marc Alkins

Jeffrey Marc Alkins is an actor, dancer, and screenwriter based in New York City. Born and raised in Boston, he is a graduate of St. John’s University as well as the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Full-Time Conservatory, where he went on to receive his Advanced Actor Training as a member of The New York Academy Company. Since then, he has worked with the Soho Shakespeare Company, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and has spent the last year performing with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, one of the few major theatres in the entire country that has managed to safely put up live performances throughout the pandemic. He is humbled and excited to be joining NYSX on this project and hopes that one day Shakespeare, as well as other classics, will truly be accessible to everyone. Dream Big. Do Bigger! 

Instagram: jeffrey_marc

Facebook: jeffrey.alkins

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JEFFREY WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS:

https://www.lukeslights.org/

https://colorofchange.org/

https://www.cthnyc.org/ 

https://www.sohoshakes.com/

https://www.shakespearenj.org/ 

Alex Michell

Alex Michell is a New York-based actor from Silver Spring, MD. He is a proud alumni of the University of Miami’s Theatre Arts department (2018) as well as the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Program (2017). Recent Credits include Nell Gwynn and 1 Henry IV at the Folger Theatre. He was supposed to be in Choir Boy at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, but unfortunately this production was a casualty of the COVID 19 pandemic.

website: alextmichell.com 

Instagram: _alexmichell_

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ALEX WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS:

BADA Online

Folger Library

Heaven Stephens

Originally from Houston TX, Heaven earned her MFA in Acting from Playmakers Repertory Company. In New York, Heaven has established herself as a dynamic actor/singer who specializes in creating compelling complex characters as well as being highly skilled with heightened language and other unconventional texts. 

“Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free”– Fanny Lou Hamer

https://www.heavenstephens.com/

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HEAVEN WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS:

https://www.naacp.org/ 

https://www.aclu.org/ 

https://colorofchange.org/

https://eji.org/

Kimberlee Walker

Kimberlee Walker is an actor who is learning to also call herself a writer. Please remember to vote in each and every election.
Instagram @ms_kimberlee
Twitter @The_Kimberlee 
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KIMBERLEE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT:

DeAnna Supplee

DeAnna Supplee is a Philadelphia- born, New York CIty-trained actress and storyteller. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she has also studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, and received her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. She first appeared with NYSX in their production of Much Ado About Nothing, and is always thrilled to participate in their mission of #ShakespeareForEveryone.  She would like to dedicate this particular work to the Black and Indigenous women of the world! #SayHerName #WeSeeYou
 
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DEANNA WOULD LIKE YOU TO CHECK OUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS:
The African American Policy Forum on #SayHerNamehttps://aapf.org/sayhername
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Native American Rights Fund: https://www.narf.org/

VOICES should be heard.

A curated a space where performers can not only showcase their connection to Shakespeare, but also explore how that fits into their broader identities as artists and citizens. Each actor-created film finds its “voice” at the intersection of two performed pieces that amplify or challenge each other: one by Shakespeare and one from another source.

Our long-term goal for this project is for it to stand as an expanding example of the depth, breadth, and intersectionality of the talent pool that is far too underrepresented in American classical theatre.

Are you interested in exhibiting a VOICES PROJECT film?
E-mail submissions@nysx.org for more information.

NYSX enthusiastically supports the #ArtistsShouldBePaid movement. Please consider making a contribution to be allocated
to The Voices Project artist fund.

Each actor chosen for exhibition in The Voices Project is provided a
one-time honorarium of $100. Your donation will directly support a voice
that deserves to be heard.

Ezra Tozian

Ezra Tozian (they/them/theirs) is a multidisciplinary artist rocking it out in D.C. and NYC. They were recently recognized as one of “19 Theatre Makers You Should Know” by American Theatre and is most known for originating the role of Cesario in Illyria, or What You Will (Avant Bard). Some of their recent credits include This Vessel is a Fragile Thing (4615 Theatre), Three Sisters (Avant Bard), and Sad Girl Hours (Kennedy Center). They are also a Resident Artist of 4615 Theatre (DC) and The Fled Collective (NYC). 

Website:  ezratozian.com 
  

 – – –

EZRA WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS: 


DC Rape Crisis Center 


Casa Ruby 


HIPS

Warren Jackson

Born in Indianapolis, Ren was molded in the deserts of Arizona, ran the gauntlet on the stages of Chicago, then emerged in the thriving theater and teaching artist community in New York. This Midwest kid was soon welcomed as a company member with the site-specific theater company, Brave New World Rep out Brooklyn for a few years.

In addition to his regional theater work, which includes companies from Maine down to the beaches of Sarasota, he spent ample time in New York charter and public schools, as a teaching artist. Being a former competitive athlete, much of his style in his artistic work is committed to helping to create a physical narrative that supplements and highlights the text.

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REN WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT (and support) THESE ORGANIZATIONS:

WAM Theater ~ wamtheatre.com

Cincinnati Shakespeare Theater ~ cincyshakes.com

Fonseca Theater Company ~ fonsecatheatre.org

Lower Depth Theatre ~ lower-depth.com

Native American Education ~ www.aiefprogram.org

Jeffrey Marc Alkins

Jeffrey Marc Alkins is an actor, dancer, and screenwriter based in New York City. Born and raised in Boston, he is a graduate of St. John’s University as well as the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Full-Time Conservatory, where he went on to receive his Advanced Actor Training as a member of The New York Academy Company. Since then, he has worked with the Soho Shakespeare Company, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and has spent the last year performing with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, one of the few major theatres in the entire country that has managed to safely put up live performances throughout the pandemic. He is humbled and excited to be joining NYSX on this project and hopes that one day Shakespeare, as well as other classics, will truly be accessible to everyone. Dream Big. Do Bigger! 

Instagram: jeffrey_marc

Facebook: jeffrey.alkins

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JEFFREY WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS:

https://www.lukeslights.org/

https://colorofchange.org/

https://www.cthnyc.org/ 

https://www.sohoshakes.com/

https://www.shakespearenj.org/ 

Alex Michell

Alex Michell is a New York-based actor from Silver Spring, MD. He is a proud alumni of the University of Miami’s Theatre Arts department (2018) as well as the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Program (2017). Recent Credits include Nell Gwynn and 1 Henry IV at the Folger Theatre. He was supposed to be in Choir Boy at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, but unfortunately this production was a casualty of the COVID 19 pandemic.

website: alextmichell.com 

Instagram: _alexmichell_

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ALEX WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS:

BADA Online

Folger Library

Heaven Stephens

Originally from Houston TX, Heaven earned her MFA in Acting from Playmakers Repertory Company. In New York, Heaven has established herself as a dynamic actor/singer who specializes in creating compelling complex characters as well as being highly skilled with heightened language and other unconventional texts. 

“Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free”– Fanny Lou Hamer

https://www.heavenstephens.com/

– –

HEAVEN WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS:

https://www.naacp.org/ 

https://www.aclu.org/ 

https://colorofchange.org/

https://eji.org/

DeAnna Supplee

DeAnna Supplee is a Philadelphia- born, New York CIty-trained actress and storyteller. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she has also studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, and received her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. She first appeared with NYSX in their production of Much Ado About Nothing, and is always thrilled to participate in their mission of #ShakespeareForEveryone.  She would like to dedicate this particular work to the Black and Indigenous women of the world! #SayHerName #WeSeeYou
 
– – 
DEANNA WOULD LIKE YOU TO CHECK OUT THESE ORGANIZATIONS:
The African American Policy Forum on #SayHerNamehttps://aapf.org/sayhername
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Native American Rights Fund: https://www.narf.org/