JESS BARBAGALLO is a writer, director, performer, arts journalist, and teacher based in New York City. Playwriting credits include: Melissa, So Far, My Old Man (and Other Stories), Sentence Fetish, Joe RanonoÃ¢â¬â¢s Yuletide Log and Other Fruitcakes, Karen Davis Does Ã¢â¬Â¦, Good Year for Hunters, Room for Cream: A Live Lesbian Serial, Saturn Nights, and Grey-Eyed Dogs. He is currently performing in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Lyric Theatre.
JUNE 2018 | Theater
I keep seeing Lauren Baksts performance work Private Collection: in the gallery space of a Bushwick apartment complex, the sanctuary of St. Marks Church, a downtown loft on Broadway.
OCT 2015 | Theater
I met Becca Blackwell eight years ago, at a table read for a play called Pony, by Sylvan Oswald. Becca had bright red hair, wore their masculinity with ease (they/their/them are Becca’s pronouns of choice) and acted like a pro: an inspirational figure for a then-twenty-four-year-old baby butch like myself, new to the downtown theater.
NOV 2016 | Theater
In 2012, I had the honor of being fully inducted into the BAX community as an artist-in-residence, so profiling the space feels like a bit of a homecoming. I remember it as a thrilling time in my art life. Not since the days of my luxurious collegiate conservatory actor training had I been granted such access to studio space without the gnawing consideration of how I might pay for it alongside the pressure to produce something great.
FEB 2014 | Theater
Trish Harnetiaux and I met at Mac Wellmans School for Degenerates, also known as the playwriting program at Brooklyn College, in the fall of 2007. I immediately took a liking to Trishher no-bullshit sensibility, pragmatic intelligence, and wry sense of humor.