The New Georges Jam, the singular “performance gym” for early-career theatermakers founded in 2010 by Lucy Alibar, Jess Chayes, and Portia Krieger, continues on into a new season with a great mix of impressively innovative playwrights and directors — 6 returning Jammers (including co-leaders Jess Chayes and Sarah Krohn) and 13 fresh new ones! Cause you can Jam as long as you want (and a few more Jammers may return in the spring). Here’s the lineup!
Kathleen Amshoff focuses on new works and interdisciplinary projects. She has created original pieces in Zimbabwe, Ecuador and Slovakia 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, further developed at the Atomic Centre in Winnipeg and remounted for the 2014 Comic Book Theater Festival. Recent projects incl ude the site-specific Manna-hata for Peculiar Works at central post office, the Ecuador-inspired new play A Girl without Wings, and Lauren White Wants You, an interactive solo show about personal decision-making. A Fulbright scholar in Berlin, Kathleen has an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of Big Art Group. www.kathleenamshoff.com.
Helen Banner is a playwright based in Manhattan. 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 2013 and was awarded the John Golden Graduate Playwriting Award for her thesis play Headometry. Her political satire Tranquility, Serenity, Calm was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012. Helen is currently working on a cycle of war plays, including the aerial play Soldier Love, and is also collaborating with fellow Jammer Kathleen Amshoff on a devised micro-performance piece about language and memory in childbirth.
Mary Birnbaum is a New York City-based director of theater and opera. Recent credits include a chamber version of Eugene Onegin at Juilliard, the world premiere of The Classical Style at the Ojai Festival and CalArts Berkeley, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Israel. She has assisted director Stephen Wadsworth at Santa Fe Opera and Manhattan Theater Club and most recently associate directed Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Seattle Opera. Birnbaum founded and led Art Party Theater Company from 2009-12. She has collaborated with playwrights to develop new plays with the Playwright’s Realm, LA’s Son of Semele Theater, New Orleans Fringe Festival and The Old Vic in London. She is an alumna of the Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab and a current member of the New Georges Jam.
Jess Chayes is a Brooklyn-based director and co-artistic director of The Assembly. Recent directing includes: That Poor Dream (The Assembly, The New Ohio Theater); Primal Play (New Georges), The Bachelors (Williamstown Theater Festival), The Sister (Dutch Kills), The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova), Salamander Leviathan (Joe’s Pub) and HOME/SICK (The Assembly, NY Times and Backstage Critic’s Pick). She has developed work with The Culture Project, The Public Theater, The Civilians, The Amoralists, P73, and Prelude Festival, among others. Jess is a member of the New Georges Kitchen Cabinet and a founding member of The Jam. Recent affiliations: The Civilians R&D Group, The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Associate Director on Peter and the Starcatcher.
Kim Davies is a member of Youngblood and the New Georges Jam. Her play Smoke recently premiered at the Flea Theater for an extended run and was a New York Times and Time Out New York Critics’ Pick. Short works, including Untitled Play about Balls, Miss Authenticity, and The Love of Richard Nixon, have been produced with the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Weasel Festival, and the 24 Hour Plays. Her serialized play St. Baldred’s School for Girls ran for 4 episodes at #serials@TheFlea. Her plays have received readings and development with the Flea Theater, Partial Comfort Productions, and the Lark, among others. She is a recent graduate of Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney’s MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College.
Tasha Gordon-Solmon’s plays have been developed and produced at Clubbed Thumb, Dixon Place, Ars Nova, INTAR, and The Flea, among others. She is a member of the Clubbed Thumb Falcons, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a recipient of the Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and an alumna of the Ars Nova Playgroup. Directing credits include EST/Youngblood, The Brick, The Tank, The Ford Studio at The Signature Theater, the New York Fringe Festival, Studio Tisch and Columbia University. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU and is a proud 52nd Street Project volunteer.
Mary Elizabeth Hamilton is a Brooklyn-based playwright and teacher. Her work has been developed with Page 73, New Georges and Ensemble Studio Theater. The recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship and the Provost’s Writing Fellowship, she has participated in Play Penn, Youngblood, I-73 and The New Georges Jam. Her plays have been finalists for The O’Neill, The Lark Pony Fellowship, The Yale Drama Series, The Princess Grace Award and New Dramatists. Mary holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa and is a current fellow in the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School.
MJ Kaufman is thrilled to be joining the Jam! Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and recently received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. He* has received awards and commissionsfrom the Program for Women in The ater, the Playwrights Foundation, Young Playwrights Inc., New Harmony Project, and the Huntington Theatre, where they are also a playwriting fellow. Their work has also been produced by Fresh Ink Theatre, the Yale School of Drama and performed in Russian in Moscow. MJ has received the 2010 Jane Chambers Award 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting. *MJ is trans-identified and prefers pronouns he or they.
Krista Knight‘s work includes PRIMAL PLAY (New Georges JAM on Toast, Playwrights Center of MN), SALAMANDER LEVIATHAN (Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival, Inkwell, KCACTF Musical Theatre Award from the Kennedy Center), CLEMENTINE AND THE CYBER DUCKS (Ontological Hysteric Incubator, Hangar Theatre, Inkwell), PHANTOM BAND (The Claque, Walden Theatre, Voice and Vision, Dixon Place), ANAEROBIC RESPIRATION (Playwrights Center of SF, NYC Fringe Festival), and UN-HINGED (Wily West, Playhouse Creatures, WordBRIDGE), among others. Residencies 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). www.KristaKnight.com
Sarah Krohn has been a Jammer since 2012 and the group’s co-facilitator since 2014. Through the Jam she developed the play Lifted with Dipika Guha and is currently working with Tasha Gordon-Solmon on a new project about twins. Recent productions include: Jenny Rachel Weiner’s Nina (Fordham/Primary Stages) and Horse Girls (Fordham/Primary Stages and Ars Nova), Parade (Yale Dramat), Joshua Harmon’s The Pits (Williamstown Theater Festival ), Letters to Guantanamo (New Georges/The Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival), and Dan O’Neils Victor Frange Presents Gas (Incubator Arts). Inaugural recipient of New Georges’ Audrey Residency for the development of Lizzie Olesker’s Embroidered Past. Recipient of the 2013 Williamstown Theater Festival Sagal Fellowship. Member of the 2014-16 Women’s Project Theater Lab; past member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Graduate of Columbia University (BA) and Carnegie Mellon (MFA), where she received the NYDAC/Boettcher Award. www.sarahkrohn.com
.Louisa Proske is a director of theatre, opera, and musicals. Her recent production of Falstaff with Dell’Arte Opera Company has been called a “revelation” and “everything an opera performance should be”; other productions include Lucia Di Lammermoor (Heartbeat Opera); Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Strasberg Institute/ NYU); The Winstons (Juilliard School of Drama); Rum ‘n Coca Cola in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad; Poulenc’s opera La Voix Humaine (Yale Opera/ Yale School of Drama); Shakespeare’s Cymbeline at Yale School of Drama; an international tour of Macbeth. Louisa is an alumna of the Drama League Director’s Project and the Soho Rep. Writer-Director Lab. She is also on faculty at Maggie Flanigan Studio teaching Shakespeare Acting and Script Analysis. https://yaledrama.digication.com/louisa_proske
Colette Robert is a Los Angeles native currently living and working in New York. Recent directing credits include: Something Like Loneliness (EST Marathon), when last we flew (Diversionary Theatre, FringeNYC, GLAAD Media Award), Pluck & Tenacity (Samuel French Festival Winner) and Stockton (EST/Unfiltered). Colette is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges Jam, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and was the Public Theater’s 2009 Van Lier Directing Fellow. She has developed new work with EST/Youngblood, Naked Angels, The 52nd Street Project, Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Old Vic, Ma-Yi, 2g, Vineyard Arts Project, P73, Ars Nova, Women Center Stage, and Sundance Theatre Lab. M.A., RADA and King’s College, London. B.A., Yale University. www.coletterobert.com
Mia Rovegno is a Brooklyn-based director, playwright and puppeteer who devises, adapts and collaborates with living playwrights. Founding artistic director of HummingbirdWORKS, she has also performed with Redmoon Theater, foolsFURY, Shadowlight, Bread and Puppet Theater, and Intersection for the Arts. Her plays have been developed by The Civilians, P73, New Georges, Cul
ture Project, and others. She has directed new work for Soho Rep, Women’s Project, NYTW, Berkeley Rep, The Civilians, The O’Neill, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, NYSAF, The Lark, Playwrights Realm, The Atlantic, Rising Phoenix, EST, Partial Comfort, The Amoralists, The Flea, Dixon Place, A.R.T., and others. Recipient of: New Georges Audrey Residency, P73 Yale Residency, Pataphysics retreat, SDC Observership, and MTC’s Alper Fellowship. Partial Comfort company member; alum of Drama League, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Civilians R & D Writers Group, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, & Women’s Project Directors Lab. BS: Northwestern; MFA: Brown
Normandy Sherwood is a theater maker: playwright, costumer, director, performer. Her plays have been presented at many theaters, including The New Ohio Theater, The Kitchen, 13th St Rep and Dixon Place. She has designed costumes for plays by Mac Wellman, Young Jean Lee, Tina Satter, Jim Findlay and Faye Driscoll (Bessie Award, 2009). She is one of 5 curators of Little Theatre @Dixon Place and she teaches in the Expository Writing Program at NYU. She has an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College. She creates work with two theater companies: The Drunkard’s Wife (Feather Gatherers) and the OBIE-award-winning National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA) (Chautauqua!, The Golden Veil).
Caitlin Saylor Stephens is a Brooklyn’based performer and playwright. Plays: Nesting, I LOVE DEAD THINGS, WHEN WE WENT ELECTRONIC, TWO MEN MISSING IN THE HUDSON RIVER, In The Basement of My Heart, and The Unofficial Race Time of A. Pineda. Development: The Lark, Labyrinth, New Georges, The Flea Theater. Residencies: Orchard Project and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Finalist/Semi: Mabou Mines Resident Artist, NYTW2050 Fellowship, Terranova Groundbreaker’s, WorkingFarm@SPACE, 2014 NPC at The O’Neill. Workshops/Productions: SoHoRep, Dixon Place, Labyrinth, The Flea. Acting: St. Ann’s Warehouse, EST, SoHoRep, Studio42, Labyrinth, Incubator, Deitch Projects, Hiro Ballroom, ArsNova, LaMaMa. Collaborations: ArtParty, Citizens Band, Robert Schenkkan, BluemouthInc, The Wooster Group, The Civilians, Sarah Frances Cagianese, Adam Rapp and Karen O. Dramatists Guild, New Georges Affiliated Artist. BA Sarah Lawrence College.
Lisa Szolovits is a director and developer of new performance. She has made work on the East Coast with the Playwrights Horizons Resident Workshop, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Columbia University, NYU, The Assembly, Forest Fringe, UglyRhino, Tugboat Collective, Lost Theater, Manhattan Shakespeare Project, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well as with Echo Theater Company, Theatre of NOTE and Circle X Theatre Co. in Los Angeles. Lisa is a current M.F.A. candidate in the Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) program at Brooklyn College. www.lisasz.com
Danya Taymor is a director and translator. She is a Resident Director at The Flea Theater where past work includes My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (World Premier, NY Times and Time Out Critics Pick) and I Hate Fucking Mexicans (U.S. premiere/co-translator). She has directed and developed work at Play Company, The Flea Theater, INTAR, Stella Adler/NYU, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Columbia University/Signature Theater. She is an Artist in Residence at Theatre for a New Audience and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. Other awards/fellowships include: Van Lier Directing Fellowship; Gates Foundation Grant, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
Nicole A. Watson is a freelance director. Credits include We Play for the Gods, (The Women’s Project), Better Homes & Homelands (The Drama League DirectorFest), Foreign Bodies (Women Center Stage), born bad, Milk Like Sugar, Ti-Jean and His Brothers (NYU-Tisch School of the Arts), and the world premiere of the opera Approaching Ali, (Kennedy Center). She has assisted Joe Haj, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Bill Rauch, Giovanna Sardelli, Joanna Settle, and Dominique Serrand. Other work includes The Fire This Time Festival, the 52nd Street Project, and Working Theater where she is a co-producer of the Working Theater Directors Salon. Nicole teaches at NYU, and was a 2013 Drama League Fall Fellow, the 2011 recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Josephine Abady Award, an alum of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and the Women’s Project Directors Lab. BA, Yale. MA, NYU.
Emma Weinstein is a New York-based theatre and film director, focusing on devised and immersive theatre. Emma attended Smith College and the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. In New York City, Emma’s work has been seen at the Occupy the Empty Space Festival, The Alchemical Theatre, The Emerging Artists Theatre, Paradise Factory, The Galapagos Space and regionally at the Access Theatre and Theatre Off Jackson in Seattle, Refuge PDX in Portland Oregon, The Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre in Northampton, The Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago, the Washington DC Arts Center, The Davis Square Theatre in Boston and The Haymarket Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska . She attended LaMama’s International Director’s Symposium in Spoleto, Italy, La Muse Artist Retreat in Carcassone, France and the Chicago Directors Lab. Emma is the two-time recipient of the The Samuel A. Eliot, Jr./Julia Heflin Award for Distinguished Directing and the Bernhardt Brueger Prize. Emma’s interests as a director range from productions of classic texts to original political theatre. Emma’s production Mom Baby God, an undercover look at the pro-life movement, is touring to theatres and festivals across the United States. Emma is currently the Drama League Classical Directing Fellow in residency at Shakespeare and Co. through November 2014.
Want to join The Jam? The next application cycle will be in early 2016. Check back for more details after the first of the year!