JENNY ROMAINE/GREAT SMALL WORKS
Jenny is a director, designer and puppeteer and co-founder of the visual theater collective Great Small Works. She is music director of Jennifer Miller’s CIRCUS AMOK and artist in residence at Milk Not Jails. She has directed community-based spectacles for numerous projects in New York City and around the world. Romaine was a sound archivist at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for 13 years and for several decades has drawn on Yiddish/Pan Jewish primary source materials to create art that has contemporary meaning. Her projects include the Sukkos Mob (featured in the film Punk Jews), community Purim Shpiln with the Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee, The Revival of the Uzda Gravediggers, and Muntergang and Other Cheerful Downfalls with Great Small Works. Romaine has worked extensively as an educator in public schools, prisons, universities and museums. She was the first recipient of the Adrienne Cooper Award for Dreaming in Yiddish (2014) and received a Marshall Meyer Risk-Taker Award from Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (2015). She is featured in Dazzle Camouflage: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience, a monograph by Ezra Berkley Nepon.
Jenny's production work supported by:
Spectacle Engineers: rosza daniel lang/levitsky, Milo, Raphael Mishler, Trudi Cohen
Stitch/welding Solidarity: Laleña Garcia, Oni Lem, Gaby Cryan, Meredith Slopen, Carlton Ward.