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X-ID REP :: New Museum Performance Residency

Friday, October 2nd, 2015



This Just In!  I have been invited to share the SPACE with a roster of incredible talents for the New Museum’s X-ID Rep Performance Repertory! I am so honored and excited to get into the room with these folks.


From the New Museum’s Website:

Working within a pop-up repertory theater model, X-ID REP is a research-driven enterprise designed to examine the shifting ethical boundaries surrounding intercultural cross-play on contemporary American stages. The project brings together a group of directors and playwrights recognized for their diverse approaches to staging across various identifications of class, race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability, among others. These artists will cast a resident company of actors with whom they will collaborate to develop material that further highlights a spectrum of approaches to the topic. Their rehearsal-based research will unfold in a studio environment that will be open to the public at set times and will culminate in a performance presentation of their findings. Operating from various positions of agency and privilege, the members of X-ID REP will collectively examine the constructs of staging intercultural cross-identifications while directing our attention to the social conditions from which these constructs emerge and persist, perniciously or otherwise.

Participating Artists
Becca Blackwell: Actor
Lileana Blain-Cruz: Director
Kirk Wood Bromley: Playwright
Drae Campbell: Actor
Youree Jong Choi: Actor
Jackie Sibblies Drury: Playwright
Kareem Fahmy: Director
Mikeah Jennings: Actor
MJ Kaufman: Playwright
JJ Lind: Director
Gregg Mozgala: Actor
Aya Ogawa: Playwright
Niegel Smith: Director
Alexandra Tatarsky: Actor
Saori Tsukada: Actor
Amelia Workman: Actor

Schedule of Events
September 20, 2015: Company Auditions
October 26–31, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director Kareem Fahmy
November 2–7, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director JJ Lind
November 16–21, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director Lileana Blain-Cruz
December 16–21, 2015: Open Studio Rehearsals with Director Niegel Smith
January 8–9, 2016: Performance Presentation

X-ID REP is organized by Travis Chamberlain, Associate Curator of Performance and Manager of Public Programs.


Artist residencies and commissions are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artists Commissions Fund and by Laurie Wolfert.

Education and Public Engagement programs are made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation. Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

I’ll be speaking at the 2012 TCG National Conference!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Exciting news!  I will be attending the 2012 TCG National Conference this year as an Individual Artist.  I’ll be participating in a panel discussion titled PERFORMANCE MEDIA: EXTENDING THE THEATRICAL FORM.  The panel consists of: myself (representing for my actors!), Jay Scheib (Director/Designer), Helen Shaw (Independent curator and theatre critic), William Cusick (Video and Projections Designer), and Marianne Weems (Artistic Director of the Builder’s Association).

Our session happens on the second day of the conference; Friday June 22nd, 10:45am – 12:15pm at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston.  A little information about the session…

This break-out session engages the ongoing conversation on the integration of video and other digital / computational modes of expression in live performance. Increasingly, video has proven commonplace means of augmenting traditional theatrical disciplines—scenic design, playwriting, acting, directing. New idioms emerge. This conversation models the process through an open conversation on the finer points of performance media with a focus on performing.


Come on out and get nerdy on some Theater!




WORLD OF WIRES premieres in Paris for the Festival D’Automne, Nov 13-17, 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

© Paula Court, courtesy of The Kitchen

Great news!  I will be returning to Maison des Arts Créteil yet again this coming November for the Festival D’Automne.

I think this makes the 4th show I’ve toured to the Festival D’Automne in Paris and I’m excited and honored to be a part of another original creation representing the best in contemporary American performance.

WORLD OF WIRES adapted by Jay Scheib, 2012 Obie winner, is set to storm the city of light November 13-17, 2012.

From the Festival D’Automne A Paris website:

World of Wires is the third part of a trilogy entitled “Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems”, created by Jay Scheib at MIT and based on a 1973 science-fiction television series directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Scheib, an author, opera composer and stage director, worked jointly with engineers and computer scientists to build a complex performance which challenges our perception of reality.

World of Wires
Adaptation of  film Welt am Draht 
by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, based on Simulacron-3 dnovel by Daniel F. Galouye
Adaptation and Direction, Jay Scheib
Scenography, Sara Brown
Costumes, Alba Clemente
Sound, Anouschka Trocker
Light and video, Josh Higgason
Caméra, Jay Scheib
Assistant Director, Kasper Sejersen and Laine Rettmer
Stage Manager, Susan Wilson
With Sarita Choudhury, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Rosalie Lowe, Jon Morris, Ayesha Ngaujah, Laine Rettmer et Tanya Selvaratnam 


Interview with the cast of Young Jean Lee’s “THE SHIPMENT”

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

This is a fun video blog interview we did for The Shipment’s Canadian premiere in Toronto at the HarbourFront Centre.

“Who knew such a paramount social issue like African American racial relations could be presented and executed in such a humorous way? Without taking away from the significance of the matters it revolves around, Young Jean Lee’s THE SHIPMENT is an entertaining display of neo-minstrelsy with a shocking twist at the end.”

For the full interview click HERE


Current Projects


dir Jay Scheib
ICA Boston
Friday + Saturday
September 21 + 22, 2012
7:30 pm