Directors JAM is back! This year Directors Gathering is taking a cue from creator Pirronne Yousefzadeh and hosting the JAM for Philly directors of color.  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 provided by Directors Gathering at the Bok School early in the day on Sunday, May 7th to work for a few hours creating six unique pieces of theatre. That evening, Directors Gathering will host a celebration of the director’s art with food, beverage, and showings of the work at the Bok School. The celebration is open to the public, in addition to the participating artists.


*All participants must be available from 10:00AM through the evening on Sunday, May 7th, 2017.

*Each participating director will be paid $50 for the day’s work.

*Participating directors must have at least one professional, non-academic directing credit to their name.

*To apply: email a directing resume and a brief (500 word max) written statement addressing these questions: How do you articulate your artistic values? What aspect of this project (devising, brevity, new collaborators, getting paid, etc.) most excites you and why? to submissions.directorsgathering@gmail.com.

*Submissions are due by by 11:59pm on Sunday, March 19th.

*If you have any questions, contact Director of Programming Jack Tamburri at:


About the Directors JAM creator, Pirronne Yousefzadeh:


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