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This spring, Directors Gathering is partnering with award-winning director Pirronne Yousefzadeh to bring you the Directors JAM. The JAM is a day-long workshop, performance, and celebration in which six directors will each devise a short piece with professional actors, based on ingredients Pirronne will provide in advance. Participating directors will meet their actors for the first time in free rehearsal space early in the day on Saturday, May 7 to work for a few hours creating six unique pieces of theatre.

The evening of May 7th, Directors Gathering will host a celebration of the director’s art with music, food, beverage, and showings of the work. The celebration – at the Skinner Studio and Quigs at Plays and Players – is open to the public, in addition to the participating artists.

The participating directors are (click on the names for more info on each director):

Tommy Butler
Brenna Geffers
Elissa Goetschius
 Kate Moore Heaney
 Phoebe Schaub
Sam Tower

About the Directors JAM creator:

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Pirronne Yousefzadeh is a Brooklyn-based theatre director, writer, and educator. She has directed and developed new work at The Public/Joe’s Pub, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, New Georges, Partial Comfort Productions, Rising Phoenix Rep, Noor Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company, HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, The Lark Play Development Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Huntington Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, InterAct Theatre Company, and Hangar Theatre, among others. Her productions of In The Blood (Theatre Horizon) and The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane by Jen Silverman together received fifteen Barrymore nominations, including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production for both, and Pretty Mbane received the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges Affiliated Artist and member of The Jam, member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and Rising Circle Theater Collective, a recipient of SDC’s Denham Fellowship, and an alumna of the Emerging Artist Fellowship at NYTW, Drama League Directors Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Resident Director Program. Pirronne has been on faculty at UT Austin, Rutgers University/NJIT, and Bard High School Early College, and is a guest director at Juilliard, Fordham University, NYU, and Ramapo College. Upcoming projects include Our Lady of 121st Street (Yale School of Drama) and El Huracán by Charise Castro Smith (La Jolla Playhouse). MFA, Columbia University. Associate Member, SDC. www.pirronne.com

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