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Jess Barbagallo

Jess Barbagallo is an NYC-based writer/director/performer who has toured internationally and domestically with Big Dance Theater, the Builders Association, Theater of a Two-Headed Calf (and its Dyke Division) and Half Straddle. Jess has originated roles in new plays by Joshua Conkel, Casey Llewellyn, Normandy Sherwood, Trish Harnetiaux and many others. Playwriting credits include Grey-Eyed Dogs (Dixon Place), Saturn Nights (Incubator Arts Center), Good Year for Hunters (New Ohio Theatre), Karen Davis Does … (Brooklyn Arts Exchange), Joe Ranono’s Yuletide Log and Other Fruitcakes (Dixon Place), Sentence Fetish (Brick Theater), Melissa, So Far (Andy’s Playhouse) and My Old Man (and Other Stories) (Dixon Place). Other words have been published by Howlround, Bomb Blog, New York Live Arts Blog: Context Notes, Brooklyn Rail and 53rd State Press. He is a 2009 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab alum, a 2012 Queer Arts Mentorship mentee, and a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow. In 2015, Jess was selected to participate in the Persona Seminar think tank at the New Museum and was recently invited to the Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writer’s Group. Jess has taught theater and writing as a guest artist and adjunct lecturer at Duke University, New York University, Brooklyn College, the Vermont Young Playwright’s Festival and The O’Neill Center.  MFA: Brooklyn College (Himan Brown Playwriting Award 2008 and 2009).

Design Meeting
Essay

Design Meeting

My Old Man (and Other Stories)

November 26, 2016

Jess Barbagallo and Chris Giarmo discuss design questions for Jess’s play My Old Man (and Other Stories) and the recently increased interest in trans artists.

The Devotional Re-Creation of Tragedy in Spades
Essay

The Devotional Re-Creation of Tragedy in Spades

Towards A New Stagecraft for Nostalgia

May 17, 2016

Jess Barbagallo on Tragedy of Spades by Liza Birkenmeier, directed by Katherine Brook at University Settlement in New York City.

Friday Phone Call #60
Podcast

Friday Phone Call #60

Gender Identity in Theater—Jess Barbagallo and P. Carl

May 16, 2014

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week's guests: Jess Barbagallo and P. Carl.