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Life Without Parole FringeNYC
Life Without Parole FringeNYC

Life Without Parole FringeNYC
Life Without Parole FringeNYC

Karah Gravatt & Lolita Brinkley tell the personal stories of imprisoned battered women. Photo courtesy of Isaiah Tenenbaum Theatrical Photography

Life Without Parole FringeNYC
Life Without Parole FringeNYC

The inmates played by *Anne Bobby, *Annette Hunt, Karah Gravatt, and *Adrienne D. Williams. Parolee, Helen Broker played by *Lolita Brinkley. *Members of Actors Equity Association Photo courtesy of Isaiah Tenenbaum Theatrical Photography

Life Without Parole FringeNYC
Life Without Parole FringeNYC

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Life Without Parole
By: Warren Doody
Official Selection
2014 New York International Fringe Festival
 
Teatro LeTea

Inspired by original transcripts from real-life case studies of incarcerated domestic violence survivors, Life Without Parole takes you "behind the barbed wire" exposing how these convicted women bond together, explore their pasts, and survive when orange becomes their new black and blue. www.LifeWithoutParolePlay.com

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

The cast: Katrina Yaukey, Dionne Figgins, Chad Luke Schiro, and Heather Lang.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Alicia Charles as air head monkey, Lindsey.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

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Welcome To The Jungle!
By: Chad Luke Schiro
Directed By: Jessica Dermody
 
World Premiere
Ars Nova

This wildly imaginative Sketch & Dance Odyssey created and choreographed by Chad Luke Schiro was an official selection of ANTFEST 2013 and played to sold out audiences. 

This pop cultre multimedia extravaganza mixes sketch videos with live dance performance and sketch scenes for an epic theatrical experience.

Life Without Parole
Life Without Parole

Life Without Parole
Life Without Parole

Convicted Women Against Violence Nikki Powerhouse (center), Judy Pollock, Pauline Rulla, Kate A. McGrath, Karah Gravatt

Life Without Parole
Life Without Parole

Convicted Women Against Violence Nikki Powerhouse (center), Judy Pollock, Pauline Rulla, Kate A. McGrath, Karah Gravatt

Life Without Parole
Life Without Parole

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Life Without Parole
By: Warren Doody
 
New York Premiere
Manhattan Reperatory Theatre
 
 

Sometimes, the greatest injustice is the justice system itself. Inspired by Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard’s Convicted Survivors: The Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Kill, Life Without Parole draws on the original transcripts and testimonies of women incarcerated at the California Institution for Women at Chino for killing their abusive partners.

New York Premiere

Sold Out Run During Winterfest 2013 - Official Extension Awarded

Fruits Unheard Of
Fruits Unheard Of

Fruits Unheard Of
Fruits Unheard Of

Martin Markaj as Lee Harvey Oswalds mother, just one of the 14 roles he tackled in Fruits Unheard Of.

Fruits Unheard Of
Fruits Unheard Of

(Color) Martin Markaj as Lee Harvey Oswalds mother, just one of the 14 roles he tackled in Fruits Unheard Of.

Fruits Unheard Of
Fruits Unheard Of

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Fruits Unheard Of
By: Caitlin Murphy
Directed By: Jessica Dermody & Sharone Halevy
 
U.S. Premiere
chahama & Working Artists Theatre Project
Environmental Theatre Gallery 315 East 43rd St.

A biopic play about the life and subjects of acclaimed photographer, Diane Arbus. This play with its cast of two offers the ultimate creative challenge with one actor playing Diane Arbus and the other playing fourteen fantastical characters from her life. 

This immersive production was presented in an art gallery and staged within a dark room processing Arbus inspired photography taken inside a West Village apartment once inhabited by Arbus herself.  

1959 Pink Thunderbird
1959 Pink Thunderbird

Lone Star
Lone Star

Aaron Krohn sneeks up on Joey Calveri during the stage reading of Lone Star.

1959 Pink Thunderbird
1959 Pink Thunderbird

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Lone Star
By: James McLure
Directed By: Jessica Dermody
 
David Lynch Foundation Event
Staged Reading
OPEN CALL!
OPEN CALL!

OPEN CALL!
OPEN CALL!

OPEN CALL!
OPEN CALL!

OPEN CALL!
OPEN CALL!

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OPEN CALL!
Concieved & Directed By: Jessica Dermody
 
National Foundation for the Arts
chashama
Rita's Way Performance Space, Times Square

This classic American play was presented with its sister play Laundry & Bourbon by James McLure as the first venture in a series of staged reading events to support The David Lynch Foundation.

Lone Star was presented in front of the James McLure Estate during this sold out event with all funds raised supporting the DLF initiative Operation Warrior Wellness. www.operationwarriorwellness.org

Open Call! was produced in the summer of 2012. This site specific show was presented outside of the stage door of the Sondheim Theatre on 42nd Street. The experience offered a portal of theatre history as told by auditioners through each decade from turn of the century to present day. 

WAT Gallery
WAT Gallery

WAT Gallery
WAT Gallery

The raw 5,000 sq ft. gallery space BEFORE WAT Project moved in.

WAT Gallery
WAT Gallery

The dark room and back gallery which created the playing space for the U.S. Premiere of Fruits Unheard Of.

WAT Gallery
WAT Gallery

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WAT Gallery
Concieved & Curated By: Jessica Dermody
 
Working Artists Theatre Project
National Foundation for the Arts
chashama
314 East 43rd Street, New York

This fully curated 5,000 sq foot art gallery housed ten world class visual artists from all over the world with disciplines in painting, sculpting, and installations. Ten DJ's played live sets during gallery hours and two immersive world premiere productions took place within the gallery space all thanks to a generous grant from chashama and The National Endowment for the Arts. 

Tall Tales from the Little Black
Tall Tales from the Little Black

Tall Tales. . .
Tall Tales. . .

*Courtney Young and *Steve Witting play strangers in a movie theatre. *Actors Equity Association

Tall Tales. . .
Tall Tales. . .

*Emily Fletcher and *Shane Jacobsen play two unlikely strangers that meet in a bar. *Actors Equity Association

Tall Tales from the Little Black
Tall Tales from the Little Black

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Tall Tales from the Little Black Book
Working Artists Theatre Project
Michael Weller Theatre

Tall Tales from the Little Black Book tells the simultaneous stories of four couples, each unknowingly related in one degree of separation.

 

Co-Directed for WAT Projects first directors collaborative by:

Amy Neswald, Steve Witting, Jessica Dermody, and Ari Laura Kreith

Clown
Clown

Clown
Clown

Peter Marinos staged stories from his life as theatre gypsy in Clown.

Clown
Clown

Set designed by Jeff Hinchee

Clown
Clown

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Clown
Written By: Earic Beall
Directed By: Jessica Dermody
World Premiere
Working Artists Theatre Project
Michael Weller Theatre
 
 

This one man semi-biopic play starred Broadway veteran, Peter Marinos. Clown tells the all too familiar tales of the life of a true theatre gypsy and what happens when the borders between stage life and real life become blurred. 

JUST JUMP!
JUST JUMP!

JUST JUMP!
JUST JUMP!

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Just Jump
Created & Choreographed By: Chad Luke Schiro Directed By: Damon Arrington
Associate Directed By: Jessica Dermody
 
Ars Nova

The premiere Sketch & Dance Odyssey created and choreographed by Chad Luke Schiro. Just Jump! was an official selection of the first ANTFEST at Ars Nova and played to sold out audiences. 

This pop cultre multimedia extravaganza mixes sketch videos with live dance for a wildly imaginative theatrical experience.

Mercury
Mercury

Mercury
Mercury

*Allison Ryan and *Angie Canuel play students turned lovers in Mercury. *Actors Equity Association

Mercury
Mercury

*Allison Ryan, *Angie Canuel, and Franca Ianni in Mercury. *Actors Equity Association

Mercury
Mercury

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Mercury
Directed By: Jessica Dermody
U.S. Premiere
 
Spiral Inc. 
Wings Theatre
LA & Pitching To The Star
LA & Pitching To The Star

LA
LA

*Courtney Young plays starry eyed novice wooed by the Hollywood tales of de-famed actor played by *Stacey Todd Holt. *Actors Equity Association

Pitching to the Star
Pitching to the Star

*Bill Nolte plays sleazy Hollywood literary agent in Pitching to the Star. *Actors Equity Association

LA & Pitching To The Star
LA & Pitching To The Star

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L.A. &
Pitching to the Star
Directing By: Jessica Dermody
Spiral Inc. & Working Artists Theatre Project
Michael Weller Theatre

In the sweltering heat of a brutal New York City summer, three women discover what life outside of their comfort zone has to offer. They soon find themselves tangled in a deceitful web of jealousy and lust, ultimately becoming a unique version of their very own urban legend cliche. 

 

Mecury played a sold out run at The Wings Theatre. 

 

 

These companion pieces by Donald Margulies expose life in Los Angeles, the city of dreams. 

In L.A. a washed-up young movie star explains to a willing fan in a bar how he went from a happy, married young novice to a wealthy, gambling, overnight sensation and back to a hungry, divorced wanna-be who only wants to recapture his original dream of having "enough," and being married for life.

 

Both plays played sold out runs at The Michael Weller Theatre.

 

Rudolph Unplugged
Rudolph Unplugged

Rudolph Unplugged
Rudolph Unplugged

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Rudolph Unplugged
Written & Performed By: John Treacy Egan
Directed By: Jessica Dermody
 
Ars Nova

Written and starring Broadway veteran John Treacy Egan; this hilarious one man show takes on telling the "where are they now" stories of all the beloved characters from the animated Christmas special, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. 

 

Rudolph Unplugged played to sold out audiences at Ars Nova.