Jeremy B. Cohen is in his ninth season as the Producing Artistic Director at the Playwrights’ Center, having previously served as Associate Artistic Director/Director of New Play Development at Hartford Stage from 2003 to 2010, where he also directed several premieres. Other directing credits include productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Alliance, Centerstage, Dorset Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Goodman, Jungle, Kansas City Rep, McCarter, Mixed Blood, New Victory, Olney, Open Fist, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Royal George, Steppenwolf Theatre, Theater J, Theatre Latte Da, Victory Gardens and Workhaus Collective; workshops at O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, New York Stage & Film, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center, New Harmony, Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Woolly Mammoth. As Founding Artistic Director of Naked Eye Theatre Company in Chicago, Cohen developed/directed more than 15 plays, including several premieres. He has received numerous directing awards, an NEA/TCG Directors Fellowship, and a Northwestern University grant for his play 12 Volt Heart. He directed the World Premiere of a new musical Off-Broadway (The Duke on 42nd Street) by singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke called My Mother Has Four Noses, which is currently touring the US, and is currently working on co-writing Malicious Animal Magnetism (with Dipika Guha) for A.C.T./Z Space.
Towards a Future of Artist Leadership
As we continue to see the different approaches to new leadership at many of the country's regional flagship theaters, it feels an especially critical time to be reminded of the power, vision and voice of the individual artist.