JODY CHRISTOPHERSON is a New York based generative artist and Artistic Director of the so-fi festival. Her mediums include; theater performance, playwrighting, music/foley, photography, film and curation.
Reviewers have called her a "visionary in the theater world and legendary storyteller", who is "a talent to watch, not to mention a pleasure to hear”. Her work has been compared to early Richard Linklater films, Laurie Anderson's music as well as Margaret Atwood's writing and has been performed in 28 cities in 6 countries, including Canada, Detroit MI, New Orleans, Key West FL, Miami, Amsterdam, Germany, Lithuania, Australia, New York. She has been producing and co-producing her work since 2004 in America and abroad. Her productions have been nominated for 6 Innovative Theater Awards.
Ms. Christopherson is the recipient of an Indie Theater Fund Emergency Grant 2019, the 2017 New York Society Library Grant for emerging female writers underwritten by Alexander Sanger and The LIT Fund Grant 2014.
Recent projects include:
St Kilda (writer/performer) St Kilda is a horror play/theatrical mono-concert. Performed in near darkness, live foley and vocal looping pedals create a foreboding soundscape which underscores a tale of supernatural horror. Instruments include violin bows on bowls of water, monochords, pie tins full of salt, folk singing and more. This narrative is inspired by the 1930 evacuation of Hirta, St Kilda's only inhabitable island, Christopherson's Nebraskan/Scottish heritage and the role that music plays in women's narratives.
AMP , (writer/performer/ ﬁlmmaker), solo horror exploration of Mary Shelley's authorship of Frankenstein. AMP was nominated for three Innovative Theater Awards in 2018 including Outstanding Performance Art Production and was awarded Outstanding Lighting Design (Stacey Boggs) and Outstanding Stange Management (Amy Marin). For AMP Ms. Christopherson is the recipient of the 2017 New York Society Library Grant for emerging female writers underwritten by Alexander Sanger. Development History includes: All For One Theater So-Co Residency with a workshop presented at The Bushwick Starr in 2017, followed by a world premiere at HERE Arts Center in New York directed by Isaac Byrne (2017) and a Canadian premiere in the Chinook Festival presented by Workshop West Playwright's Theater in Edmonton, Alberta Canada (2018).
Greencard Wedding, (writer/performer/filmmaker), a multi-media rock musical about immigration/artist visas, which is part live rock concert part Skype film, recently presented at HERE Arts Center in New York (2017), The Studios of Key West (2017), The Brick Theater (Brooklyn NY, 2015), FilmGate Miami at the Miami Light Project (2015), Dixon Place (New York, 2016), Carrie Morris Performing Arts (Detroit MI 2015). Jody is a founding member of the international band Greencard Wedding whose music has been performed in 28 cities in 6 countries through commissioned by The Arctic Cycle for Worldwide Climate Change Theater Actions since 2016. Greencard Wedding is nominated for two Innovative Theater Awards in 2018, Outstanding Original Music and was awarded Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role (Ryan McCurdy).
Because You Are Good, a solo living history performance, devised and performed by Ms. Christopherson, based on interviews with Mabou Mines Associate Clove Galilee, commissioned by Metropolitan Playhouse (2015 Innovative Theater Award Nomination)
Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project, (conceptual artist/photographer) a
photography and sound installation that brings visibility to, and amplifies the voices of female identifying playwrights, presented in Dixon Place's gallery and simultaneously on iTunes.
Additional performance credits include: the award-winning monodrama The Other Mozart by Sylvia Milo directed by Isaac Byrne, The Reenactors by Juliana Francis Kelley dir by Tony Torn at Abrons Art Center, Director/Writer Mark Harris' The Lost Children at Lincoln Center Film Society, Primary by Gracie Gardner at IRT, Habitat by William Leavitt at The Kitchen, 365 Days/ 365 Plays by Suzan Lori Parks at The Public Theater, The Seagull dir by Vyacheslav Dolgachev at Classic Stage Company, The Spot by Steven Dietz (Humana Festival) and Balm in Gilead at Actors Theater of Louisville, Crimes of the Heart at Nebraska Repertory, CHURCH written and directed by Young Jean Lee at Performance Space122, Under The Radar (Public Theater), Trying, dir Lou Moreno at The Bushwick Starr and Snakeskin Suit by J. Holtham at Ensemble Studio Theater.
Publications include: The New York Theatre Review, (Creator/ Editor and Chief since 2011), an indie theater site with a viewership of 2 million in 7 countries, for which she has authored hundreds of interviews, and published and edited content created by a team of 20 writers, The Huffington Post (author of 81 articles), the New York Times, Bored Panda, Howlround, American Theater Magazine, TCG and the Climate Change Theater Action Anthology.
Speaking/ teaching engagements include The Orchard Project, Mason Gross School of the Arts and New York Mensa.
Member: Actors Equity Association, Dramatist Guild of America
Jody Christopherson is a Fractured Atlas Fiscally Sponsored Artist. To make a tax-deductible donation to support these projects: