CESAR J. ROSADO is a New York City native by way of the Bronx. He is a founding member of the Middle Voice at Rattlestick and a member of the Rising Phoenix Rep. Cesar is an alumnus of the Atlantic Theater Company Conservatory and received his BFA at The Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University where he studied at the Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
MIDDLE VOICE AT RATTLESTICK is the apprentice company of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Middle Voice is a collective of young actors, directors, designers, and playwrights from diverse backgrounds. Middle Voice mission is to create theater that embraces risk and encourages ensemble, and to reach different class segments in American society through the company's work. Middle Voice strives with its theatrical productions to create meaningful conversations with its audiences, founded in the belief that starting a conversation has the power to breed mutual understanding.
When not pursuing his acting career Cesar fills his time working for various Nonforprofits through out the city of New York as a Teaching Artist. Learn more about these programs below:
Drama Club is an organization that provides theatre programming to incarcerated and court-involved young people. We are a mobile drama club, bringing our classes into juvenile detention centers, jails and community centers throughout the city. It started as a rehearsal process of a play at Crossroads Juvenile Center, which was presented as a staged reading for staff, fellow residents and family members. The success of this project blossomed into a consistent year-round program.
Currently, Drama Club works with approximately 500 individual students between the ages of 10-21, developing theatre is offered at five different sites, across three boroughs:
Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn
Horizon Juvenile Center in the South Bronx
The Robert N. Davoren Center (RNDC) on Rikers Island for adolescent boys
The Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC) on Rikers Island for adolescent girls and young women
The Door for systems involved youth in lower Manhattan
Atlantic’s Staging Success program brings specifically-tailored cross-curricular arts education directly into NYC classrooms and schools. It empowers young people to uncover and celebrate their own stories and speak their own truths, and to use theater as an entryway to success in both their academic and personal lives. The Atlantic Technique and principles of text analysis, creating your own work, and an ensemble-based approach are at the core of Staging Success’ pedagogy.
Staging Success has served 1,500 students to date and it has had a profound effect on our partner schools. By fostering an inclusive, collaborative and deeply cross-curricular environment, we have been able to address the unique social and behavioral needs of our student bodies. Our community-based programs encourage young people to see the world from varying perspectives and to discover how theater can have a profound impact on their own lives. The results have been astounding—be it academically, socially, or personally.
Staging Success consistently serves a racially, socioeconomically, and developmentally diverse population of students. It has proven to be an effective tool for improving academic engagement and performance among its students, as well as showcasing an incredible impact on students’ personal development, promoting empathy and self-confidence. Students have learned the importance of building community, with the majority of participating students sharing that the program improved the overall classroom environment.