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2015 Theater Residency Program In collaboration with Joe’s Pub

Posted by:  Kimmel Center on June 22, 2015

2015 Theater Residency Program
In collaboration with Joe’s Pub

Join us as we welcome our 2015 Theater Residency Artists! This amazing collaborative session will culminate in FREE public readings in SEI Innovation Studio on July 1 - 2. 

Reserve your FREE tickets here.


Under the tutelage of Shanta Thake, Director of Joe’s Pub, and theKimmel Center’s Artistic Director, Jay Wahl, our 2015 Theater Residency will guide four world-class theater and musical storytelling artists through the writing process and composition of five new works. 

The focus will be on text, voice, music and body, and how these elements are woven together into theatrical storytelling. 

The eventual goal will be for the Kimmel Center to produce completed versions of their work in the coming few seasons. 


DANIEL ALEXANDER JONES In collaboration with Bobby Halvorson 

Interdisciplinary artist Daniel Alexander Jones creates multi-dimensional theatre where the body, mind, emotions, voice and spirit come together as one experience. Lately, he has been creating works for his alter-ego, Jomama Jones, in collaboration with composer Bobby Halvorson: Night Flowers (2014) at NYC’s JACK, featured Jomama with a new musical guest each night; Bright Now Beyond (2014), a musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Marvelous Land of Oz, premiered at Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater; and the concert/performance Radiate (2011) played to acclaim at Soho Rep and is touring nationally. Among Jones’s many honors are multiple MAP Fund grants, an Alpert Award in the Arts (2006), and fellowships from the Jerome, McKnight and Howard Foundations. He currently serves as head of the playwriting program at Fordham University. On April 2nd, Daniel Alexander Jones was named a recipient of a Doris Duke Award, $275,000 in flexible, multi-year funding. Recipients can access their funds over a period of three to five years. 

ETHAN LIPTON In collaboration with his orchestra (Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy, and Ian Riggs) 

Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra (“Best Lounge Act” New York Magazine) has released four albums and played throughout New York and beyond (Joe’s Pub, Bryant Park, Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MoCA, Camden Opera House, etc.). The band has been featured on radio shows such as “Weekend Edition,” “The World,” and “Soundcheck,” and contributed songs to Clash cover album “Sandinista” and the film “The Shift.” As a performer, Ethan has worked with Laurie Anderson, Cynthia Hopkins, Elevator Repair Service, Matt Berninger of The National, and Gabriella Barnstone. 

JAMIE LEONHART In collaboration with Joanna Settle 

New York City resident Jamie Leonhart is an introspective and risk-taking singer/songwriter whose dusky, melancholy and introspective yet ethereal work essentially falls into the adult alternative pop-rock category but has definitely been influenced by jazz, cabaret (including German cabaret), torch singing and traditional pre-rock pop. After graduating with a degree in English Literature from Barnard College, Jamie continued her musical journey: through leading a ‘pop’ band, to singing as a soloist in the New York Metro Mass Gospel Choir to performing as a solo artist at prominent New York venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, the Living Room, and Joe’s Pub. Jamie will be collaborating with Joanna Settle, director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She is a graduate of Juilliard School’s directing program. 

DITO VAN REIGERSBERG In collaboration with Dave Sweeny (aka Johnny Showcase) + Eliza Hardy Jones 

A co-founder of Pig Iron Theatre Company from Washington, D.C. He has performed in almost all of Pig Iron’s productions since the company’s founding in 1995, including Hell Meets Henry Halfway at Woolly Mammoth and the Ohio Theater (Obie Award); Chekhov Lizardbrain at Under the Radar (Obie Award); Zero Cost House at The Public Theater; Twelfth Night at Abrons Arts Center; and Shut Eye (co-directed by Joseph Chaikin). His alter-ego Martha Graham Cracker is famously “the tallest drag queen in the world.” 

MIGGUEL ANGGELO In collaboration with David Drake + Mau Quiros 

Migguel Anggelo, known for his electric performances, is breaking barriers on the American stage, creating very individual works that are reflective of the multicultural, multi-lingual, changing demographics of our country and times. The Brooklyn based, Venezuelan born artist began his stage career at age 13 when he was cast as Pinocchio in a South American touring production of the Broadway musical. He studied voice at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany, has written music throughout all of his journeys as an immigrant in several countries, and has released two albums, the most recent being, La Casa Azul (co-written and produced by music director, Mau Quiros, and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Felipe Tichauer) which is currently climbing the Top 20 CMJ New World chart and will be featured as the “Recommended Favorite” in the July issue of People En Español. He is currently performing his latest production, I, Inmigrante, which he developed with Obie-Award winner David Drake, who also directs the work. Anggelo’s previous show was a one man conceptual show entitled Between Dreams. Migguel performs regularly at world-class venues like Joe’s Pub and BAMcafé in New York City and the New World Center in Miami. Following his Kimmel Center residency, Migguel will tour with Nuevo Tango group, The Oblivion Project, bringing to life the sultry, darkly beautiful music of Argentine tango master, Astor Piazzolla. 

The Kimmel Center’s Theater Residency has been made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Don and Lynne Haskins, The Philadelphia Foundation, Linda & David Glickstein, and David & Lisa U'Prichard. 

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