This summer, our working lab for early-career writers and directors (The New Georges Jam, founded in 2010 by Lucy Alibar, Jess Chayes & Portia Krieger), held its first application process in 2 years (and most competitive ever — wow, the world does not lack for impressive women theatermakers!). We’re thrilled to welcome amazing new Jammers Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Einspanier, Morgan Green, Sarah Hughes, Lindsay Joelle, Julia May Jonas, Kristine Haruna Lee, Daaimah Mubashshir, Christina Roussos, Zarina Shea, Caitlin Sullivan and Kat Yen!
You can stay and Jam as long as you’d like, so new members join Jam co-leaders Sarah Krohn and Colette Robert and additional returning members Kathleen Amshoff, Helen Banner, Kim Davies, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Krista Knight, Caitlin Saylor Stephens, Lisa Szolovits and Nicole A. Watson. Read all about all of ’em right here:
Tara Ahmadinejad is a New York director and theater maker, originally from Philadelphia. Through her work, she aims to uncover delight and humor in unexpected places, and to encourage audiences to shift perspectives. She is a core founding member of Piehole, with whom she investigates the process of collaboration and collective authorship. Since 2008, Piehole’s work has been seen in theaters, galleries, and hotel rooms in New York, Philadelphia, and Prague. Most recently, Piehole has been part of the New Ohio/IRT’s Archive Residency (where they will premiere their latest work Ski End in Spring 2017), and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency program. Other recent projects (Hand Foot Fizzle Face at JACK and Old Paper Houses at the Irondale Center), have been developed through the Drama League Artist-in-Residency program, the 2050 Fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop, and the Prelude Festival. In addition to directing, Tara leads workshops in collaborative theater making, including recent work with undergraduate theater students in Tehran, Iran. This summer, Tara teamed up with Piehole-mates to develop original work with the Urban Youth Theater at Abrons Arts Center. This winter, she will direct a workshop of Chana Porter’s Leap and the Net will Appear at Playwrights Horizons. Tara is a NYTW Usual Suspect, and a graduate of Columbia’s MFA Directing program.
Kathleen Amshoff focuses on new works and interdisciplinary projects. She has created original pieces in Zimbabwe, Ecuador, Slovakia and Tanzania with Dramatic Adventure Theatre, and developed new plays at Cherry Lane, Ma Yi, 2G, the Lark, Wild Project, Galapagos Artspace, Culture Project, IATI Theater and the Kennedy Center. She was the 2011 SDC Foundation Denham Fellow for her adaptation of the graphic novel Swell, which was developed at the Atomic Centre in Winnipeg and remounted for the 2014 Comic Book Theater Festival. Past projects with the Jam include Helen Banner’s aerial play Soldier Love and a new performance installation for toddlers. Kathleen was a Fulbright scholar in Berlin and has an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University. www.kathleenamshoff.com.
Helen Banner is a playwright and lyricist. She grew up in the British Channel Islands and studied at Cambridge and the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, where she completed her MFA in Dramatic Writing and was awarded the John Golden Playwriting Award. Her work has been developed at New Georges, Fresh Ground Pepper, the Wild Project, Dixon Place, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Lark, the Great Plains Theatre Conference and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference and she was a participant in the Ingram New Works Lab 2015-16 at Nashville Repertory Theater. Her choral play ICONS/IDOLS, written in collaboration with the composer Grace Oberhofer for the Byzantine Choral Project, was the opening show at the New Ohio’s Ice Factory 2016.
Kim Davies is a 2016 fellow in Playwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her play Smoke premiered at the Flea Theater in 2014 for a thrice-extended run, was a New York Times and Time Out New York Critics’ Pick, and has been produced in cities across the United States and in translation in Brazil. She is one of eight international writers selected by Ibsen International for their New Text, New Stage program and developed a new play with local theater artists in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, China from 2015 to 2016 for a world premiere in Shanghai in 2017. In collaboration with the Muse Project, she wrote Stet, which in 2016 had its world premiere at Abingdon Theatre Company. Davies is a member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre and the New Georges Jam, and received her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College.
Sarah Einspanier is a playwright from Dallas, currently living in Brooklyn. Her plays include The Convent of Pleasure (Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project with Sheila Callaghan, Pipeline Theatre Company’s Play Lab, Honorable Mention 2016 Kilroys List), I LOVE SEAN (showings at Dixon Place and Cloud City, Honorable Mention 2016 Kilroys List), and House Plant (developed as part of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writer’s Group, as a Horton Foote Scholar at Sewanee Writers’ Conference with Naomi Iizuka and Ken Weitzman, and as a resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm). She is a current member of Ars Nova’s Play Group, RADY&BLOOM collective playmaking, and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. BA: Northwestern University.
Tasha Gordon-Solmon’s plays have been developed and produced at The Humana Festival/ Actors Theater of Louisville, Perry Mansfield New Works Festival, Clubbed Thumb, Dixon Place, New Georges, Ars Nova and The Flea. She is a recipient of the Dramatist Guild Fellowship, a member of the Clubbed Thumb Falcons Writers Group, a lyricist in the BMI Workshop, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a member of the Project Y Playwrights Group and an alumna of the Ars Nova Playgroup. Her writing has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, The Dramatist, and The Huffington Post, and she has been a finalist for the Heideman Award, a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and a Kilroy’s list honorable mention. As a director, Tasha has worked at EST, the Flea, Dixon Place, The Tank, The Signature Ford Studio, The Brick, The Cell, Studio Tisch, Columbia University Graduate Playwriting, NYU Graduate Acting, the New York Clown Festival, the New York Fringe Festival, the Fire This Time Festival, and the Young Playwrights Festival at the O’Neill. Tasha received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU, attended the National Theater Institute, and is a proud 52nd Street Project volunteer.
Morgan Green is a Brooklyn based theater director and co-founder of New Saloon (newsaloon.org). Recent credits include New Saloon’s MINOR CHARACTER: Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time (The Invisible Dog), I’m Miserable but Changes Scares Me by Milo Cramer (The Brick), He Ate Quietly into the Wall by Ariel Stess (The New Ohio), William Shakespeare’s Mom by Milo Cramer (Ars Nova), and MOMS by Sarah DeLappe (Engarde Arts). Morgan is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, an alumna of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the Williamstown Theater Festival Director’s Core. She was a 2014-2015 Bob Moss Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons. She is the Associate Director for Amelie, A New Musical directed by Pam Mackinnon. MorganClaireGreen.com photo: Eileen Meny
Sarah Hughes is a director and producer for theater and film. She worked with Elevator Repair Service from 2007-14, assistant directing and stage managing Gatz, The Sound and the Fury, The Select, Arguendo, Shuffle, and Fondly, Collette Richland at home and abroad. She has also developed work with Half Straddle, the Office for Creative Research, The Bushwick Starr, the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Vox Theater, and Superhero Clubhouse, of which she is a core member. She has recently presented work at The Segal Center, The Brick, and BAM Next Wave, and at Signature Theater, Prelude, CATCH at The Invisible Dog, The Flea, and Columbia University, all with McFeely Sam Goodman. She is Co-Artistic Producer of Target Margin Theater and is currently co-teaching a class on Contemporary Theater at Dartmouth College. photo: Rob Strong
Lindsay Joelle is a NYC-based playwright and lyricist. Recent plays include TREIF (O’Neill finalist, JAW finalist, Ingram New Works Lab finalist, Jewish Plays Project Top 10, Rita Goldberg Graduate Playwriting Award, Kilroys List Honorable Mention), The Least Worst Place (Anne Freedman Grant recipient, UMass New Play Lab finalist, Irving Zarkower Award for best play of the year), and A Small History of Amal by Amal, Age 7 (O’Neill finalist). Her work has been produced and developed at Vital Theatre, TADA! Youth Theater, The Lark, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, Penguin Rep, the New School for Drama, and ESPAdrills/Primary Stages. Current member of the New Georges Jam, alumna of Columbia University, the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Hunter MFA in playwriting. www.Lindsayjoelle.com
Julia May Jonas is a playwright, director, and stands at the helm of Nellie Tinder, a theater troupe devoted to organic innovation. Her recent plays include EMILY CLIMBS (Machine Méchant), Evelyn, For Artists Only, BG1987RECEP, Lake Coordination and All Long True American Stories (a play cycle) among others. Her work has been presented at venues including The Bushwick Starr, Incubator Arts Center, The International Revolutions Festival in New Mexico, The Brick, Dixon Place, PS122 (with TerraNova) et al. Along with Meghan Finn, she is currently developing Michigan Murders with a New Georges Audrey Residency and the New Works Initiative program at Montclair State for a university premiere March 2017. She teaches playwriting at Skidmore College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her daughter, a great pretender.
Krista Knight‘s work includes Primal Play (New Georges, Playwrights Center of MN), Salamander Leviathan (Joe’s Pub at the Public, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Inkwell), Clementine and the Cyber Ducks (The Assembly, Hangar Theatre, Inkwell), Phantom Band (The Claque, Voice and Vision), Anaerobic Respiration (Playwrights Center of SF, NYC Fringe Festival), and Un-Hinged (Wily West, WordBRIDGE), among others. Knight has been in Residence at La Napoule, UCROSS, Yaddo, and MacDowell. BA: Brown University. MA: Performance Studies from NYU. MFA Playwriting: UC San Diego. Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007). Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011-2012). Alum of EST’s Youngblood, TerraNova Groundbreakers, Page 73 Interstate 73, and Civilians R&D Lab. Knight enters the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard this fall.www.KristaKnight.com
Sarah Krohn is a New York City based director and co-leader of the Jam. Recent directing credits include Veil’d by Monet Hurst-Mendoza (WP Theater), Jenny Rachel Weiner’s Horse Girls (the cell) and Nina (Fordham/Primary Stages), The Pits by Joshua Harmon (Williamstown Theater Festival), You Remind Me of You by Matthew Capodicasa (Fordham/Primary Stages), The Next War by Kate Mulley (Columbia Playwriting); Parade (Yale Dramat), Letters to Guantanamo (New Georges/The Culture Project) and Victor Frange Presents Gas, which she co-conceived with Dan O’Neil (Incubator Arts). Awards/Fellowships include: Time Warner Foundation Fellow at WP Theater; Sagal Fellow at Williamstown Theater Festival; New Georges Audrey Residency; Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. BA, Columbia University; MFA, Carnegie Mellon (NYDAC/Boettcher award). www.sarahkrohn.com
Kristine Haruna Lee is a playwright/ director/performer and is a founding member of harunalee theater company. She was born in Hong Kong, raised between Tokyo and Seattle, and now lives in Brooklyn. Since 2010, her plays and texts have been developed and produced by harunalee: to the left of the pantry and under the sugar shack (La MaMa Club), War Lesbian (Dixon Place Artist Residency and Commission), Strange Worlds in My Mind (York College), Plum de Force (Bushwick Starr Propeller Project Series), Drunkfish Oceanrant (JACK). Her work has been presented by Prelude Festival, Asian American Writer’s Workshop, 2g, Target Margin Lab Series, Ars Nova Ant Fest, and have been supported by LMCC and the Mental Insight Foundation. She is currently in residence with harunalee at BAX for her upcoming piece Dog Gone Day. Other plays include: She’s Sleep, TROIKA, These Robes/Those Robes, Funeral Plays, Suicide Forest. She is a recipient of the New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship. She has taught at NYU and York College. BFA Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU, MFA Brooklyn College for playwriting with Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.
Daaimah Mubashshir is a NYC playwright by way of Chicago, IL and Houston, TX. Her plays have been developed at The Bushwick Starr, Going to The River Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Fire This Time Festival, JACK, and Rising Circle Theatre Collective. Full Length plays are Night of Power, Rum for Sale and There is Something in a Clock Face (formerly Hotel Harare). Daaimah also creates text for theatrical experiences such as Everyday Afroplay. Awards include a Howard Stein Fellowship and Finalist Prize in the Columbia University/ Roundabout Theatre Underground Reading Series. MFA: Columbia University; BFA: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. www.daaimahmubashshir.com
Colette Robert is a Los Angeles native currently living and working in New York. She likes new plays, old plays, and diversity on stage. Recent directing credits include: THE MOUNTAINTOP (Chester Theatre Company), ICONS/IDOLS (The New Ohio/Ice Factory Festival), HOTTENTOTTED (Ars Nova ANT Fest), FLOPS, FAILURES, AND FIASCOS (The Civilians/Let Me Ascertain You), SOMETHING LIKE LONELINESS (EST Marathon), and WHEN LAST WE FLEW (Diversionary Theatre and FringeNYC, GLAAD Media Award). Colette is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and co-facilitator of the New Georges Jam. Alumnus of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program, and The Civilians R&D Group. Colette was a 2015-2016 Audrey Resident at New Georges and the Public Theater’s 2009 Van Lier Directing Fellow. She has developed new work with EST/Youngblood, Atlantic Theatre Company, The Old Vic, Ma-Yi, Naked Angels, Vineyard Arts Project, NYTW, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Labyrinth Theatre Company, and the Sundance Theatre Lab. M.A., RADA and King’s College, London. B.A., Yale University. www.coletterobert.com
Christina Roussos is a director of new plays. Her work has been seen at Ensemble Studio Theater, Caps Lock Theater, Rattlestick, The Lark and Theater Breaking Through Barriers among others. She also directs web series, short films, and music videos. She received her BA in Theater Studies from Emerson College, and is about to finish her MFA in Directing at Brooklyn College where she most recently directed the premiere of Kate Benson’s Radium Now. She is a 2016 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow and a professor in the MFA Visual Narrative program at SVA. More information at christinaroussos.com
Zarina Shea is a Brooklyn native. She received a BA with high honors from the University of Chicago, an MFA in Acting from Brown University, and an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. She was the recipient of the David Whickham Playwriting Award at Brown, and has received support from Jerome Foundation, as well as residencies at Tofte Lake and the Ucross Foundation. Her work has been produced, workshopped and read at various theaters, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, New York Theatre Workshop, JACK, and Clubbed Thumb. She is an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group. After graduating from the University of Chicago she moved to South Africa to work with a local organization using theater to mobilize orphaned and vulnerable children. She stayed for over a year and returns semiannually. While at Brown she visited Rwanda and Uganda with Head of Playwriting Erik Ehn and a group of international theater makers. The goal was to investigate the relationship between theater and social justice and the ways in which storytelling can help make meaning. Through her writing she seeks to cultivate a nexus where these various narratives and atmospheres can converge and be displayed.
Caitlin Saylor Stephens is a Brooklyn’based playwright and performer. Her Jam-developed plays include From The Basement of My Heart with Mary Birnbaum, Joley with Danya Taymor, and Black Escalade with Nicole Watson. She holds a 2015/16 New Georges Audrey Residency with Portia Krieger for her play Two Men Missing In The Hudson River and is currently working on a new piece inspired by Ibsen’s Ghosts called Hot Urologist. www.caitlinsaylorstephens.com @caitlinsaylor
Caitlin Sullivan is a director and maker of new plays. She was a co-founder and Artistic Director of Seattle’s critically acclaimed Satori Group. She now serves as Artistic Director of the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab, where she has developed work with The Bengsons, Mallery Avidon, Dipika Guha, and Martyna Majok. As a freelance director, her most recent work has been presented by On the Boards, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT/Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival and Cornish College of the Arts. Caitlin is a graduate of Williams College and a recent alum of the Drama League Directors Project. photo: LaRae Lobdell
Lisa Szolovits is a director and developer of new performance with a particular interest in the relationship between digital and physical presence. She has made work on the East Coast with New Georges, the Brooklyn Museum, Dixon Place, Trans-Pecos, Ars Nova, Forest Fringe, Columbia University, NYU, The Assembly, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Playwrights Horizons Resident Workshop, and in living rooms and on the internet, as well as with Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Co. in Los Angeles. Lisa holds an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) from Brooklyn College. www.lisasz.com
Nicole A. Watson is a freelance director and educator. Recent credits include the world premiere of Kevin R. Free’s Night of the Living N-Work (NY Fringe Festival), Our Lady of Kibeho (Smith College), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (North Carolina School of the Arts), The Mountaintop (Kitchen Theater Company). Other Credits include the world premiere of Approaching Ali (Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center), the world premiere of Johnna Adams’ World Builders at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Born Bad and Milk Like Sugar (NYU-Tisch School of the Arts), Eboni Hogan’s Foreign Bodies (2013 Poetic License Festival/2012 Women’s Center Stage), We Play For the Gods (Women’s Project), BlindSight: A Melodic Hypothesis (an original work for the Women Center Stage Festival), and Derek Walcott’s Ti-Jean and His Brothers (NYU-Tisch School of the Arts). As a member of The Jam, Nicole has workshopped an original movement piece currently titled We Sat in the Death House. Nicole was the associate director on The Great Society directed by Bill Rauch (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and the assistant director on August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson at Signature Theater directed by Ruben Santiago Hudson. Nicole has also assisted Joe Haj, Dominique Serrand, Joanna Settle, Kwame Kwei-Armah, and Andre DeShields. She is a long-time volunteer at the 52nd Street Project where she directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Two Gentlemen of Verona with their teen ensemble. She was a 2015 Artist in Residence at the Drama League, a 2013 Drama League Directing Fellow and the 2011 recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Josephine Abady Award. Nicole is an alum of both the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the Women’s Project Directors Lab. nicoleawatson.com
Kat Yen is the Co-Artistic Director and Resident Director of Spookfish Theatre Company, as well as the 2016-2017 Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage Theatre. She has directed, set designed, and produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, New Ohio Theatre, INTAR, Harvard/A.R.T., The Flea Theater, Wild Project, HERE Arts, Atlantic Stage 2, Primary Stages, Poetic Theater Productions, Rising Circle Theater Collective, Yangtze Repertory Theatre, LAByrinth Theater, Horse Trade Theatre Group, Theater for the New City, C.O.W. Theater, American Theatre of Actors, Theaterlab, Gene Frankel Theatre, June Havoc Theater, Columbia University, and N.Y.U. She is also an alumnus of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a former Resident Director at The Flea Theater.
Jam alumni are a happening bunch! Lucy Alibar, Sofia Alvarez, Kate Benson, Eliza Bent, Mary Birnbaum, Rachel Bonds, Katherine Brook, Charise Castro Smith, Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Jess Chayes, Jihan Crowther, LaShea Delaney, Lee Sunday Evans, Meghan Finn, Morgan Gould, Dipika Guha, Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, MJ Kaufman, Portia Krieger, Caroline V. McGraw, Anna Moench, Louisa Proske, Mia Rovegno, Normandy Sherwood, Danya Taymor, Emma Weinstein and Pirronne Yousefzadeh!