Bio

Jess Chayes is an award-winning director of new work and the BOLD Associate Artistic Director at Northern Stage. She is a founding co-artistic director of The Assembly, with whom she has co-created and directed ten original productions.

 

Recent directing credits include: All is Bright  (Shelby Company), Venus Rising (Northern Stage), Intelligence (NYTW Next Door),  Kenny's Tavern (Summer Shorts), The Flick  (Warehouse Theatre, Greenville, SC), SEAGULLMACHINE with The Assembly (co-directed with Nicolas Benacerraf), Holidays In/Coyote (The Tank, The Exponential Festival), Lipstick Lobotomy (Juilliard), Latter Days and The Providence of Neighboring Bodies (Dutch Kills), Half Moon Bay (Lesser America), Primal Play (New Georges), The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova), and HOME/SICK (The Assembly).

 

She has developed new work with The Playwrights Center, NYTW, The Vineyard Theatre, The Civilians, P73, and Labyrinth among others. Jess is a founding member of the New Georges Jam artists lab and a NYTW Usual Suspect. Recent Affiliations: New Georges Audrey Resident, The Civilians R&D Group, The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Associate Director on Peter and the Starcatcher (Brooks Atkinson Theater and New World Stages) and Misery (Broadhurst Theater). Jess was awarded the 2017 Lucille Lortel Award by the League of Professional Theater Women and the 2019 Collaboration Award from the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition. 

As an educator, Jess has taught devising workshops (many with The Assembly) at the University of Scranton (where she also directs regularly), Wesleyan University, Williams College, Atlantic Acting School and Stella Adler Studio, among others. As a producer, she has worked with The Civilians and The Public Theater and produced Julia Jarcho’s Obie-winning play Grimly Handsome.  She also co-curated New Georges' 2014 Jam on Toast Festival at Dixon Place. Jess graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Theater and English with Honors, and was awarded the Rachel Henderson Theater Prize.

Upcoming work includes: Jordan by Brenda Withers at Northern Stage & The Antelope Party by Eric John Meyer for Dutch Kills at the Wild Project.

 

For Jess' resume, click here

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