Directors JAM is a day-long workshop, performance, and celebration in which six directors each devise a short piece with professional actors, using ingredients that were provided to them in advance. This year, May 2017, DG is taking a cue from Rising Circles’ values and hosting the JAM for directors of color.
Creator: Pirronne Yousefzadeh is a Brooklyn based director. Recent projects include Utopia Minnesota by Meg Miroshnik (2016 Sagal Fellowship, Williamstown Theatre Festival), That High Lonesome Sound (Actors Theatre of Louisville; 2015 Humana Festival) and We Are Proud To Present A Presentation… by Jackie Sibblies Drury (InterAct Theatre Company). Her productions of The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane by Jen Silverman (InterAct Theater Company) and In The Blood (Theatre Horizon) together received a total of fifteen Barrymore Award nominations, including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Overall Production for both. And If You Lose Your Way, or A Food Odyssey (Invisible Dog) received nominations for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Performance Art Production from New York Innovative Theatre Awards.
She has directed and developed work at The Public/Joe’s Pub, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theater Company, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Rising Circle Theater Collective, The Woodshed Collective (The Tenant: Best of 2011, The L Magazine), Partial Comfort Productions, Noor Theatre, Rising Phoenix Rep, HERE Arts Center, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Wild Project, Dixon Place, The Living Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, New Dramatists, The Juilliard School, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company, Two River Theater Company, Milwaukee Rep, InterAct Theatre Company, On The Boards, Perseverance Theatre, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and Hangar Theatre, where she was a 2006 Drama League Directing Fellow.
Directors JAM Staff:
(DG) Founder & Executive Director: Jill Harrison
Producer: Jack Tamburri
JAM Production Manager: Madeline Charne
(DG) Production Manager: Tom Snyder
Communications: Ben Smallen and Caitlin O’Malley
Production Associate: Peter Lokitis
Directors & their Groups (below in alphabetical order)
Kaelem Von Camper
April Rose Davis
Iraisa Ann Reilly
Macy Jae Davis