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Jenny Koons

 
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Jenny Koons is a New York-based director. She specializes in bringing diverse artists together to create original cross-disciplinary work. Recent collaborators include 2015 Female Beatbox World Champion Kaila Mullady, actor/poet/playwright Craig 'muMs' Grant, globe-trotting DJ Rich Medina, Ex ... (read complete bio)
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Bio:
Jenny Koons is a New York-based director. She specializes in bringing diverse artists together to create original cross-disciplinary work. Recent collaborators include 2015 Female Beatbox World Champion Kaila Mullady, actor/poet/playwright Craig 'muMs' Grant, globe-trotting DJ Rich Medina, Ex ... (read complete bio)

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[Off-Broadway, 2017]
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[Boston, 2017]
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Director Jenny Koons and Donnetta Lavinia Grays Photo

Director Jenny Koons and Donnetta Lavinia Grays

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Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Director Jenny Koons, and Director of  Photo

Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Director Jenny Koons, and Director of Special Artistic Projects Stephanie Ybarra

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[Off-Broadway, 2017]
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[Boston, 2017]
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Jenny Koons Biography

Jenny Koons is a New York-based director. She specializes in bringing diverse artists together to create original cross-disciplinary work. Recent collaborators include 2015 Female Beatbox World Champion Kaila Mullady, actor/poet/playwright Craig 'muMs' Grant, globe-trotting DJ Rich Medina, Ex Machina video artist David Leclerc, international tabla innovator Gurpreet Chana, The Dance Cartel, The TEAM, Cirque De Demain award-winning artist Kyle Driggs, chefs Tyrell and Hopkins of Lucullan Foods, and jazz composer Noah Agruss.

Recent projects: Instant SPKRBOX (SPKRBOX Festival commission, Norway), Bars and Measures (NNPN world premiere),Gimme Shelter (Why Not Theatre, Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games commission), I'm Not the Stranger You Think I Am (Theatre for One, Arts Brookfield), Wet Clutch (La Mama), Abyme (Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Dixon Place), A Sucker Emcee (LAByrinth Theater, SPKRBOX Festival, Verkstedhallen, Dramatikkens Hus), Queen of the Night (2014 Drama Desk Award), The Odyssey Project 2012 (Dixon Place, Site-specific across NYC). Jenny has created work for unconventional venues including Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Diamond Horseshoe Nightclub, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and The Invisible Dog Art Center. Guest director at the LAByrinth Theater Intensive Ensemble. She has been an artist in residence at the Playwrights’ Centre Montreal (2015), Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (2015), SPACE on Ryder Farm (2014), and The Invisible Dog Art Center (2011). Jenny is the co-founder of Artists 4 Change NYC (National Black Theatre) and serves on the advisory panel for Artistic Directors of the Future, a UK-based initiative. She is a 2016 director for the Playground at The Lark Play Development Center. Jenny joined the SPACE on Ryder Farm curation team in 2015 with the mission of increasing diversity and equity within artist residency programming.




Jenny Koons News

Playwrights Horizons Announces 2022-23 Season Photo Playwrights Horizons Announces 2022-23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 4, 2022

Playwrights Horizons¬†today announced¬†its 2022‚Äď2023 season. Brought together amidst the easing of a reality-altering pandemic ‚ÄĒduring which desire for a ‚Äúreturn to normal‚ÄĚ began to feel at once futile and shortsighted‚ÄĒthe lineup consists of five works that consider and radically challenge the very idea of normalcy.

THE GREEN ROOM WITH NADIA BROWN to Premiere on Ovation TV Photo THE GREEN ROOM WITH NADIA BROWN to Premiere on Ovation TV
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 7, 2022

Be An #ArtsHero/Arts Workers United has announced a partnership with Ovation TV, America’s premiere arts network, to debut The Green Room with Nadia Brown, a five-part original comedic journalism series celebrating and exploring the creative economy.

BWW Interview: George Salazar's HEAD OVER HEELS Over The Future of A Revitalized Indu Photo BWW Interview: George Salazar's HEAD OVER HEELS Over The Future of A Revitalized Industry
by Gil Kaan - Nov 13, 2021

The Pasadena Playhouse opens its 2021-2022 season on November 13, 2021 with HEAD OVER HEELS, co-directed and co-choreographed by Jenny Koons and Sam Pinkleton. For these live performances featuring the music of the iconic L.A.-based female rock band¬†The Go-Go‚Äôs, the Pasadena Playhouse had been reconfigured to include a dance floor to complement the traditional reserved theatre seats. HEAD OVER HEELS‚Äės cast is diversely comprised of: Alaska 5000, Lea DeLaria, Yurel Echezarreta, Tiffany Mann, George Salazar, Freddie, Emily Skeggs and Shanice Williams. Got the chance to catch George before their first preview for some behind-the-scenes info.

VIDEO: Jenny Koons and Sam Pinkleton Talk HEAD OVER HEELS Photo VIDEO: Jenny Koons and Sam Pinkleton Talk HEAD OVER HEELS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2021

Pasadena Playhouse is now presenting Head Over Heels! The production is being directed, choreographed, and conceived by Jenny Koons and Sam Pinkleton and features music direction by Kris Kukul.

Alaska 5000, Lea DeLaria, George Salazar & More to Star in HEAD OVER HEELS at Pasaden Photo Alaska 5000, Lea DeLaria, George Salazar & More to Star in HEAD OVER HEELS at Pasadena Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2021

Pasadena Playhouse has announced initial casting for its production of HEAD OVER HEELS. Leading the cast will be Alaska 5000 (RuPaul's Drag Race), Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black), Yurel Echezarreta (Steven Spielberg's West Side Story), Tiffany Mann (Be More Chill), George Salazar (Little Shop of Horrors), Emily Skeggs (Fun Home), and Shanice Williams ('Dorothy' in NBC's The Wiz Live!).

Pasadena Playhouse Announces 2021/22 Season Featuring LA Premieres of Re-Imagined HEA Photo Pasadena Playhouse Announces 2021/22 Season Featuring LA Premieres of Re-Imagined HEAD OVER HEELS, ANN & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 18, 2021

Today, Pasadena Playhouse has announced a season of four Los Angeles Premieres - Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick, a modern take on Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel; direct from Broadway, Special Tony Award recipient freestyle love supreme, plus more.

Sundance Institute Releases Independent Theater Study on Needs of Artists Photo Sundance Institute Releases Independent Theater Study on Needs of Artists
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 4, 2021

In early 2021, Sundance Institute commissioned Jesse Cameron Alick, the newly-appointed Associate Artistic Director for the Vineyard Theater in New York and past creator advisor to the Institute’s Theater Program, to launch an in-depth field study to hear directly from theater makers about the most urgent needs of artists and the field.

THEATRE FOR ONE: HERE IS FUTURE Returns to In-Person Performances at Brookfield Prope Photo THEATRE FOR ONE: HERE IS FUTURE Returns to In-Person Performances at Brookfield Properties' Manhattan West Plaza Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Jul 28, 2021

The limited engagement of HERE IS FUTURE is produced by Octopus Theatricals, will play August 5-22. Learn more about the performances and how to attend here!

Huntington Returns to Live Performances With HURRICANE DIANE Photo Huntington Returns to Live Performances With HURRICANE DIANE
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 22, 2021

The Huntington announces the cast and creative team of its first production of its 40th anniversary season, Hurricane Diane by Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George and directed by Jenny Koons, running from August 27 to September 26, 2021 at The Huntington's Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

Ars Nova Announces Lineup for 13th Annual ANT Fest Photo Ars Nova Announces Lineup for 13th Annual ANT Fest
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 25, 2021

Ars Nova¬†has announced the lineup for its 13th Annual¬†ANT Fest¬†featuring 12 shows premiering on the streaming platform Ars Nova Supra. Running¬†June 14‚Äď26, 2021, this festival of all new talent, all the time,¬†showcases new work from New York‚Äôs most adventurous emerging artists.

Jenny Koons Videos

VIDEO: The Cast of BURN ALL NIGHT Pay Tribute to THE GREAT COMET with 'Goodbye My Gyp VideoVIDEO: The Cast of BURN ALL NIGHT Pay Tribute to THE GREAT COMET with 'Goodbye My Gypsy Lover'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

In honor of the closing of Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812, the cast of BURN ALL NIGHT paid tribute to the show and fellow cast member Ken Clark by breaking out into a Comet tradition: singing 'Goodbye My Gypsy Lover.' Check out the video below!

STAGE TUBE: Watch New Trailer for A SUCKER EMCEE
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2014

Labyrinth Theater Company's A Sucker Emcee is written and performed by Craig muMs Grant and featuresworld-renowned DJ, Rich Medina, with direction by Jenny Koons.The production will begin its run at the Bank Street Theater on September 10, with an official opening night set for September 23, 2014. The company just released a new trailer for the show - check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: Craig muMs Grant Previews More from Labyrinth's A SUCKER EMCEE
by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2014

Labyrinth Theater Company's A Sucker Emcee is written and performed by Craig muMs Grant and featuresworld-renowned DJ, Rich Medina, with direction by Jenny Koons.The production will begin its run at the Bank Street Theater on September 10, with an official opening night set for September 23, 2014. Tickets are all $25 and are now on sale at http://labtheater.org. The company just released a new video interview featuring Grant - check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: Craig 'muMs' Grant Talks Labyrinth's A SUCKER EMCEE
by Stage Tube - Aug 21, 2014

Labyrinth Theater Company's A Sucker Emcee is written and performed by Craig muMs Grant and features world-renowned DJ, Rich Medina, with direction by Jenny Koons.The production will begin its run at the Bank Street Theater on September 10, with an official opening night set for September 23, 2014. Tickets are all $25 and are now on sale at http://labtheater.org.

STAGE TUBE: Watch a Sneak Peek of Randy Weiner's QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
by Stage Tube - Jan 15, 2014

Randy Weiner's newest genre-crossing, environmental experience, Queen of the Night, which began performances on December 31, 2013, has announced an extension from its original six week limited run at the legendary supper club, Diamond Horseshoe (235 W. 46th Street, NYC) with an official opening night on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Check out a just-released trailer for the show below!