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Jessica Litwak

Jessica Litwak is a theatre activist, playwright, actor, and educator. She is the Artistic Director of The H.E.A.T. Collective

Jessica Litwak is a multifaceted international theatre artist focused specifically on theatre for social change and community engagement. She is an award-winning playwright and actress, an educator, drama therapist, and puppet builder. She has a BFA in acting, an MFA in playwriting, a PhD in Theatre for Social Change. She is the Artistic Director of The H.E.A.T. Collective, ( and the founder of Artists Rise Up New York ( and The New Generation Theatre Ensemble (  Her work has been published by Theatre Communications Group, Applause Books, Smith and Krause, No Passport Press, HowlRound, TCG, and The New York Times. Her plays have been translated into three languages and have been produced all over the world. She works extensively in The Middle East, Central Europe, and the UK. She is a core member of Theatre Without Borders and a Fulbright Scholar.

Taking Action

Taking Action

An Artist Becomes an Advocate

13 May 2018

Jessica Litwak, artistic director of the H.E.A.T Collective, explores the growing field of artist rights and safety, and talks about her dedication to “art of service,” the work that serves communities by facilitating creative personal and social change.

Artist Rights and Safety

Artist Rights and Safety

This series highlights the work that is being done around artist rights and safety in the theatre world, in the hopes that we can ignite dialogue, spark further exploration, and encourage more people to get involved in this growing field.