Photos by Tommy Butler

We are thrilled + grateful to welcome this year’s

(DG) JAM Partners + Co-Curators,

Briyana D. Clarel and Katrina Shobe


This year’s virtual JAM,

curated by Briyana D. Clarel and Katrina Shobe,

highlights Black directors.


Participating directors will get to kick it with other Black directors, connect with Black mentors in the field,

and create art to share with the world. 


Who is invited?

All early-career Black theatre directors in the Greater Philadelphia Area

(within 35 miles of City Hall) are eligible to apply!

Previous JAM directors are not eligible

(but look out for a special invitation soon!). 


What is this? 

This year’s JAM includes: 

*a gathering to connect with the 2020 cohort of directors

*a group session with Black theatre mentors

*a virtual space provided by (DG), paid actors, and support to create and share a short digital theatre piece or curated conversation inspired by exciting creative ingredients

*a one-year Tier 2 (DG) Director Membership

*a stipend of $100






Apply Here


WILL BE TUESDAY 9/15 by 11:59PM


Questions? Email (DG) Director of Programming, Brey Ann Barrett

More on Briyana + Katrina


Briyana D. Clarel (pictured above | up left corner) – is a Black queer theatre artist, writer, and educator passionate about musical theatre, mangoes, and memoirs. Briyana is the founder of The Starfruit Project, a platform supporting radical healing and brilliant growth through creativity. They are the Creative Nonfiction Editor for Homology Lit, a member of the sketch comedy teams The Rhubarbs and Mural Outrage, and a member of Ring of Keys. Briyana’s writing is published in TAYO Literary Magazine, cavity, Black Youth Project, MELANINzine, and print anthologies. As a director, performer, and playwright, they have brought stories to life with the Painted Bride Art Center, OUTsider Festival, Shoe Box Theatre Collective, Cohen New Works Festival, Philly Improv Theater, Theatre Evolve, Dixon Place, Broad Views on Broadway, The Bridge PHL, Cabernet Cabaret ATX, Philly Free Fringe, Aroma Theatre Collective, and more. They are a 2016 recipient of the Acts of Greatness LGBTQ Youth Community Award, a 2018 ASTEP Artist as Citizen Fellow, and a 2020-2021 Core Playwright with InterAct Theatre Company. Born and raised in South Jersey, they hold a BA in Sociology from Princeton University. Keep up with their adventures at and @briyanaclarel.


Katrina Shobe (pictured above | down left corner) – is a Philly based theatre artist and teacher. Most recently she directed Egoli at EgoPo co-produced by Theatre in the X.  Katrina has directed in the BridgePHL festival (AGAIN; Don’t Wanna Dance With Ghost) and  has been the AD for Theatre Exile(Buzzer; Really) Theatre in the X (Running Numbers) and AMH Production (Cotton and Gold).  Katrina is passionate about telling stories that are often untold or overlooked. She finds joy in teaching and learning whether it be through theatre or in the classroom. There is always room to learn more and share more.



In 2016, (DG) JAM was launched as daylong workshop, performance, and celebration of early career director-driven work that was first conceived by Pirronne Yousefzadeh with the company, Rising Circle Theatre Collective in NYC.  

From 2016 – 2019, (DG) had the honor and gift of collaborating with JAM creator, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, and JAM Producers, Starfire and Phoebe Schaub.  

For more about Pirronne, Starfire, Phoebe, and the 24 JAM alum directors and 60+ collaborators please see the below archives.


Programming questions? Contact (DG) Producer Brey Barrett at:


JamGram 2016

JamGram 2017

JamGram 2018

JamGram 2019