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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 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.

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Jenny Koons News

Stevie Walker-Webb Appointed Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage has announced that Tony Award-nominated and Obie Award winning director Stevie Walker-Webb will join the company as Artistic Director. Learn more about when Walker-Webb will take over the role here!

All Tickets Now On Sale For Pittsburgh Public Theater 2023/2024 Season

Tickets are now on sale for the 2023/2024 season at Pittsburgh Public Theater (Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski, Managing Director Shaunda McDill).

Baltimore Center Stage to Celebrate 23/24 Season with Exclusive 50% Off Offer

Baltimore Center Stage is offering an exclusive 50% off offer to celebrate the launch of single tickets for their 23/24 season. Don't miss this limited-time promotion available from August 1-4, 2023.

Full Cast & Creative Team Unveiled for The Acting Company's World Premiere of Lisa Peterson's ODYSSEY 

The Acting Company has revealed the full cast and creative team for Lisa Peterson's world premiere of ODYSSEY. Get all the details and book your tickets now.

THE 24 HOUR MUSICALS Makes Its Live Return To NYC, June 26

On June 26, 2023, distinguished artists from across the entertainment industry will come together at Classic Stage Company's Lynn F. Angelson Theater for The 24 Hour Musicals, an intensive theatrical endeavor where artists write, rehearse and perform four new musicals in 24 hours.

Jillian Walker's THE WHITNEY ALBUM Comes to Soho Rep This Month

Soho Rep presents the world premiere of multidisciplinary theater-maker, musician, and composer Jillian Walker's The Whitney Album. Walker's ritual performance flows between incantation, love lecture, scene, and song as it considers the labor of performance itself and honors the legacy of Whitney Houston and so many other Black women beloved, and consumed, for their art.

World Premieres & More to Complete Pittsburgh Public Theater 2023/2024 Season

Pittsburgh Public Theater has announced the remaining four titles of the 2023/2024 season at The Public, including world premieres, exciting adaptations and stories from Broadway stars.

Jillian Walker's THE WHITNEY ALBUM Premieres at Soho Rep in May

Soho Rep presents the world premiere of multidisciplinary theater-maker and “imaginary historian” Jillian Walker's The Whitney Album, a meditation on the artist's relationship to Whitney Houston's work and personal life, and perceptions of both in the American imagination. The production concludes a 2022-23 Soho Rep season consisting entirely of works commissioned by the organization

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL and More Set For Baltimore Center Stage 2023/2024 Mainstage Season

Baltimore Center Stage has announced the complete 2023/24 Season, the final season programmed by Stephanie Ybarra in her tenure as Artistic Director. Memberships for the 23/24 Season go on sale on May 18, 2023, and single ticket sales will go on sale in the summer. Learn more about the full lineup here!

MAHABHARATA World Premiere Begins Previews This Week at The Shaw Festival

The long-awaited contemporary adaptation of Mahabharata, the four-thousand-year-old Sanskrit epic, begins previews with Mahabharata: Karma (Part 1) on February 28, followed by Mahabharata: Dharma (Part 2) on March 1, at The Shaw’s Festival Theatre.

Playwrights Horizons Announces Accessibility Super Nights For THE TREES and REGRETFULLY, SO THE BIRDS ARE

Playwrights Horizons has announced a schedule of performances of its next two productions—Agnes Borinsky's The Trees, directed by Tina Satter and co-produced with Page 73 Productions, and Julia Izumi's Regretfully, So the Birds Are, directed by Jenny Koons and co-produced with WP Theater—for which it will provide various accessibility services.

Cast & Creative Teams Confirmed for Shaw Festival 2023 Season, Featuring PRINCE CASPIAN World Premiere & More

Artistic Director Tim Carroll has unveiled the Shaw Festival's 2023 casting and creative teams for the Festival Theatre, Royal George Theatre, Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre, BMO Stage, as well as the newly added Spiegeltent.

Pearl Sun, Kristine Nielsen & More to Star in REGRETFULLY, SO THE BIRDS ARE World Premiere at Playwrights Horizons

Playwrights Horizons and WP Theater will present the world premiere of Julia Izumi’s Regretfully, So the Birds Are, directed by Jenny Koons. See who is starring in the production, performance dates, and how to purchase tickets!

Review: Worlds and Tragedy Collide In Bilingual OEDIPUS TYRANNUS at Getty Villa

Koons' moody production at the Fleishman is trying to tap into a noirish whodunnit vibe in which the story’s professed detective is the one person in the building (or in this case, the amphitheatre) who doesn’t realize that he is himself is also the murderer.

Deaf West Theatre's OEDIPUS Starring Russell Harvard & More Begins Performances Tonight at the Getty Villa

Performances of Getty Museum and Los Angeles’s Tony Award-winning Deaf West Theatre’s thrilling fresh take on Sophocles’ Oedipus begin Thursday, September 1st at 8:00pm PT, featuring a bilingual production in American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English.

Shaw Festival Announces 2023 Season Featuring the World Premiere of PRINCE CASPIAN, Noel Coward's BLITHE SPIRIT & More

The Shaw Festival has announced its 61st season. A mix of classics, real hidden gems, new works and a variety of voices will be seen, heard and experienced in both their indoor and outdoor spaces next season.

Interview: Jenny Koons Confers On Her Creative Process Marrying Deaf West With OEDIPUS

Next up at The Getty Villa, Sophocles' classic play Oedipus adapted by Jenny Koons, Andrew Morrill and Alexandria Wailes opening September 7, 2022. Jenny also does double duty directing the cast of Treshelle Edmond, Russell Harvard, Ashlea Hayes, Amelia Hensley, Matthew Jaeger, Gregor Lopes, Andrew Morrill, On Shiu, Alexandria Wailes, Akia Takara and Jon Wolfe Nelson.

Linda Lavin, Daniel K. Isaac & More to Star in the World Premiere of Roundabout's YOU WILL GET SICK

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the complete cast for the world premiere of You Will Get Sick, a new play by Noah Diaz directed by Tony Award nominee Sam Pinkleton. The cast includes Marinda Anderson, Daniel K. Isaac, Linda Lavin, Nate Miller, and Dario Ladani Sanchez all of whom are making their Roundabout Theatre Company debuts.

Roxane Gay, Sidney Madison Prescott & Carmelita Tropicana Join Soho Rep Board

Soho Rep has announced that writer and social commentator Roxane Gay, Global Head of Intelligent Automation at Spotify Sidney Madison Prescott, and artist Carmelita Tropicana have joined the organization’s Board of Directors.

Russell Harvard to Star in ASL and Spoken English Production of OEDIPUS Presented by Deaf West Theatre & Getty Museum

Getty Museum and Los Angeles’s Tony Award-winning Deaf West Theatre will present a thrilling fresh take on Sophocles’ Oedipus this fall featuring a bilingual production in American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English.

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