BIO-JOHN JESURUN

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JOHN JESURUN is a playwright,director,designer living in New York. His presentations integrate elements of language, film,architectural space and media.His exploded narratives cover a wide range of themes and explore the relation of form to content.They challenge the experience of verbal, visual and intangible perceptions. His work is distinguished by his integrated creation of the text,direction,set and media design. Born 1951 in Battle Creek, Michigan. B.F.A. Philadelphia College of Art/1972. M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale University/ 1974. 1976-79/Television Content Analyst for CBS.1979-82/Assistant to producer/ Dick Cavett Show  producing shows on John and Mackenzie Phillips, John Hammond Sr., Odetta and Tito Puente.
In 1982 he began began his theatrical career at the Pyramid Club on the Lower East Side with his groundbreaking serial play  CHANG IN A  VOID MOON, now in its 60th episode. (Bessie Award). Since 1984 he has written,directed and designed  over 25 pieces including: the media trilogy of DEEP SLEEP (1986 Obie Award, Best Play), WHITE WATER and  BLACK MARIA , NUMBER  MINUS  ONE, DOG’S EYE VIEW, RED HOUSE, SHATTERHAND MASSACREE, PHILOKTETES, EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE, SLIGHT RETURN, IRON LUNG, BARDO, SEPTET and SNOW.
His company has toured extensively  in Europe and the United States. His work has been produced and presented by numerous venues including La Mama, the Kitchen, the Walker Arts Center, On the Boards, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Wexner Center,Kampnagel Theater, Prater Theater,National Theater of Mexico, Mickery Theater, Theater am Turm, Granada Festival,  Eurokaz Zagreb, Bogota International Festival,Vienna Festival,Kyoto Performing Arts Center and Spoleto USA.  His short films have been shown at festivals and alternative spaces in Europe and the US.
He is the recipient of numerous grants including the:
Rockefeller Foundation Playwrights Fellowship
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts Playwrights Fellowship
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship
MacArthur Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts-Visual and Media Arts Fellowships
Asian Cultural Council
Rockefeller Multi-Arts Production
BAM/Lucent Technologies Arts in Multimedia
MAP Fund
He has taught theater at Goethe University/ Frankfurt, Justus Liebig University/ Giessen,   DASARTS/Amsterdam, New York University,Tokyo University,Kyoto University of Art and Design and the New School.
His work is published by Performing Arts Journal(DEEP SLEEP,FAUST), Ediciones El Milagro (PHILOKTETES) (Spanish),Theater Communications Group (WHITE WATER), Sun and Moon Press(EVERYTHING THAT RISES), Yale Theater Magazine(PHILOKTETES) Index , 2Wice, Felix .
RECENT PUBLICATIONS:
PHILOKTETES- German translation by Anna Kohler in Theater der Zeit, Dec. 2004. FAUST/HOW I ROSE-Performing Arts Journal, Sept. 2004.
PHILOKTETES in “Divine Fire” Backstage Books/Aug. 2005.                                  
He has worked with various artists including Molissa Fenley, Steve Buscemi,Christian Marclay, John Kelly, Hideo Kanze, Neil Greenberg, Rebecca Moore,David Cale, René Pollesch, Fiona Templeton, Frank Maya, Martin Acosta, Barbez and Ron Vawter. His music video for  Jeff Buckley was nominated for an MTV award. Other projects include the 2000 staging and video design for the concert performance of Roy Nathanson’s Jazz Suite “Fire at Keaton’s Bar and Grill” featuring Debby Harry and Elvis Costello at St. Ann’s,Brooklyn and Royal Festival Hall, London,the set and video design for the opera “Dennis Cleveland” at Lincoln Center.   

RECENT PROJECTS 2004-6
FAUST/HOW I ROSE- OCTOBER 2004
TEXT, SET AND VIDEO DESIGN BY JOHN JESURUN
DIRECTED BY MARTIN ACOSTA
FESTIVAL CERVANTINO, GUANAJUATO MEXICO,
NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL, BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC -NOV.2004
SHATTERHAND MASSACREE, PHILOKTETES, CHANG EPISODE #58
TEXT, DIRECTION, SET AND VIDEO DESIGN BY JOHN JESURUN
BERLINER FESTSPIELHAUS  -DECEMBER 2004
RED HOUSE( GERMAN VERSION)
PRATER THEATER, BERLIN FEB-JUNE 2005
TEXT, DIRECTION, SET AND VIDEO BY JOHN JESURUN
PARTIAL VIEW
Video design by John Jesurun/Collaboration with Choreographer Niel Greenberg
Dance Theater Workshop –April 2005
TIME OUT AUDIENCE AWARD/BEST OF 2005/NYNEWSDAY BEST OF 2005
PHILOKTETES (JAPANESE VERSION)
(TRANSLATION BY JONATHAN SCOTT)  APRIL 2005,
TEXT, DIRECTION,STAGE AND VIDEO DESIGN BY JOHN JESURUN
KYOTO CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS (JAPANESE VERSION)
WITH NOH THEATER LEGEND  HIDEO KANZE
CHANG IN A VOID MOON EPISODE #59-JUNE 2005
TEXT, DIRECTION, DESIGN BY JOHN JESURUN -RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART
SEPTET- NOV. 2005
TEXT, DIRECTION,SET AND  VIDEO DESIGN BY JOHN JESURUN
EXPERIMENTAL THEATER WING, NYU
2006
Residency at Macdowell Colony
Multimedia workshop for International Directors Symposium, La Mama Umbria Aug, '06
Recipient of Franklin Furnace Fund Award
FALL '06- Artist in residence at the New School's Eugene Lang College.
FIREFALL-PHASE 1 - Text, Direction, Design By John Jesurun -December  '06, Presented at the  New School
PHILOKTETES Text, Direction, Design By John Jesurun, presented at KaaiTheater Brussels December 2006.
PROJECTS-2007
PHILOKTETES- Text, Direction, Design By John Jesurun -Soho Rep -October, 2007
Jesurun direction and design for a new staging of Harry Partch's seminal music/theater piece DELUSION OF THE FURY/ Japan Society, December 2007. TIME OUT MAGAZINE'S  CLASSICAL/OPERA BEST OF 2007
2007 Residencies at Yaddo and the Liguria Study Center.

2008

"LAST DAYS OF POMPEII" Commission by New York Institute for the Humanities/Climate of Concern Plays.

"DUET"- Commission- Writing Encounters International Symposium, York University,UK. York-New York  Project.

Video commisson for Barbez- “Force of Light” CD

Facu;ty, Bard College MFA Program, Residency Macdowell Colony.

PHILOKTETES – directed by Luis Manuel Aguillar Farias, Teatro Experimental,Guadalajara, Teatro Julio Castillo, Mexico City, September ’08, NEW LATC, Los Angeles, October ‘08 ,

SNOW- APEX ART, NYC-“ Perverted by Theater”

November-Staged  Reading of  Ozen Yula’s  “Concubine Sultan Hurrem”Segal Center City University of NY.

 2009

 Feb. 2009-FIREFALL- DANCE THEATER WORKSHOP

  Keynote speaker- Conference: “Blending Media”, University of Gdansk-Aug.’09

OCTOBER 2009- LIZ ONE- CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Two new collections of Jesurun plays  published by  Performing Arts Journal and NoPassport Press.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

JANUARY 2010- STOPPED BRIDGE OF DREAMS- LA MAMA

SHADOWLAND, WEB SERIAL, LAUNCH TBA

CHANG GUIDE- an annotated synopsis guide to the 60 episodes/25 years of CHANG IN A VOID MOON. 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:


John Jesurun's Philoktetes and the Freeplay of Language

Author: Peter A. Campbell

Published in: journal Contemporary Theatre Review, Volume 20, Issue 1 February 2010 , pages 21 - 39

 

-Savas Patsalidis: “John Jesurun’s Philoktetes and its Metaphors” -The Future of Flesh: A Cultural Survey of the Body, Palgrave/Macmillan(2009)

 

- Nick Kaye, in Multi-media:Video-Installation-Performance –Routledge(2007)

 

- Hans-Thies Lehmann, in Postdramatic Theater-Routledge(2006)

 

- Roselee Goldberg,Performance Art,Thames and Hudson,(2001)

 

- Kesuke Kitano, “Shooting Through the Heart of Postmodernism”, Theater Arts Journal, Japan (1997)

 

- C.Carr, On Edge, Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century, Wesleyan University Press (1993)

 

- John Jesurun “Breaking the Relentless Spool of Film Unrolling”, in Felix, Vol.1 Postliterate #3 (1993)

 

- Johannes Birringer, in Theater,Theory and Postmodernism, Indiana University Press (1991)

 

- Roselee Goldberg- “You are a Camera”- Artforum (Jan. 1989)

 

- Kathleen Hulser “Electric Language” American Theatre, June 1987

 

- Ronald K. Fried- “The Cinematic Theater of John Jesurun” The Drama Review, Vol.29#1 (1984)