Directors Gathering presents (DG) JAM with creator Pirronne Yousefzadeh, producers and Art Doulas Christina May and Phoebe Schaub, and these six fabulous Philly theatre directors!
Sarah is a theatre maker, director, and puppy scruffler. She spends much of her time making new work with Kaleid Theatre (as in kaleidoscope, as in collide). Thanks, as always, to the amazing and brave artists that she gets to work with – people who always make her grow.
Nicole Miller Marks is incredibly grateful for this opportunity. She has worked with Lantern Theatre Co., Revolution Shakespeare, Revamp Collective, Pig Iron Theatre Co., Delaware Theatre Co., and is founder of 21 st Ward Theater Company. She is a producer for Directors Gathering and a proud member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Directors Lab North, the Dramatist Guild, and New Perspectives Short Play Lab. For the 2017-18 season, Nicole is serving as and a Barrymore Judge. So very glad of those who carried me here. For Josiah and Gabriella.
A Philadelphia native her previous credits include assistant direction on Mrs. Harrison by R. Eric Thomas, Ready, Steady, Yeti, Go by David Jacobi (Azuka Theatre), Ideation by Aaron Loeb (Theatre Exile) and A Bright New Boise by Samuel D. Hunter (Simpatico Theatre). She was recently a National Finalist for he SDC Directing Fellowship at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Kalif Troy is an artivist who has reimagined the look of his career. Primarily an actor, Kalif has been seen on TV commercials throughout Philly with his daughter Aliyah Isis. As of late, he's returned to directing and is currently producing a short film in NY. Whether it's acting, directing, producing, parenting or managing his daughters' career, he's decided that all of this takes craft and what makes him a full artivist is having the ability to hold space for others and amplify their voices as they tell their stories.
How would you describe your art in three words?
Existential. Brave. Empowering.
If you had a superhero name, what would it be?
The Golden Eagle - The Eagle is one of my favorite animals, because it symbolizes strength and fearlessness. The color gold represents success, achievement and victory.
What is your dream directing project?
I would love to direct a Broadway or West End production of a show I'm currently writing the book for. It's my first musical, and it explores themes of self-awareness and acceptance, intersectionalism and what it's like to be not only queer, but BLACK and queer in America.
What do you hope to get from Directors JAM?
I hope to explore new levels of my creativity, push my boundaries, and create something new and exciting with other like-minded creatives.
Shreshth (they/he) is a writer, director, and performer who is interested in telling real stories of love, distance, illness, and food through a magical and dreamy lens. This magic leads them to draw from Indian mythology, folklore, and fuels an interest in traditional forms of Indian art making. After completing Headlong’s performance program in December, they are currently creating, writing, and performing in Table on Table on Table, a radio narrative about immigration and queerness set to a dance performance in an attic space. They wrote narrative to accompany a classical Indian dance piece for Sattriya Dance Company’s show at the PMA, Brindaboni Jatra: Weaving Dance & Divinity (2018). They created and performed in dance-theatre pieces Cabbage Head and Passion Fruit Dances (2017). They also directed a very naturalist production of John Logan’s Red in a workshop (2016).
Join us on Saturday, June 16th at 7:00pm at The Painted Bride to witness and celebrate six original pieces created by this year’s JAM directors and their collaborators.
There will be food, drink, and plenty of JAM-ing! Suggested Donation: $20 at the door.
Questions? Email (DG) Producer + JAM Production Manager Peter Loikits at:
(DG) JAM is a daylong workshop, performance, and celebration of director-driven work that was first conceived by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, a New York City based director with the company, Rising Circle Theatre Collective. In May 2017, (DG) took a cue from Rising Circles’ values and hosted (DG) JAM for Philadelphia directors of color.