Director Jessica Bauman has been developing this production through research, workshops and outreach to refugee communities since early 2015. She has directed a workshop for New Feet Productions and a Drama League “Rough Draft” residency. Her work with refugee communities in New York includes teaching drama workshops in ESL classes at Catholic Charities and the International Center, and at the IRC’s Refugee Youth Summer Academy. In May 2016 she taught a two-week theater workshop with 40 refugees at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya through international NGO Film Aid. In the fall of 2016, she began a partnership with Baruch Performing Arts Center, teaching a Workshop for Immigrant Actors to train possible cast members for a full production.
Jessica Bauman is a director and teacher based in Brooklyn. As a director, she divides her theatrical energies between classical verse and developing new plays. Jessica is the founding Artistic Director of New Feet Productions, for which she directed and produced Into the Hazard (Henry 5), her own six-actor adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V, as well as the world premieres of All Day Suckers by Susan Dworkin, Milk by Emily DeVoti (co-produced with New Georges) and Leave the Balcony Open by Maya MacDonald. She collaborated with The New Book Press to create WordPlay Shakespeare, a revolutionary new way of reading Shakespeare, blending video and text in electronic books (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, all available on iTunes.) Other video work includes original, satirical Alcohol Education Videos for incoming freshman at Yale University. Jessica’s work has been seen at Juilliard, New Georges, 3LD, Rosalind Productions, the Spoleto Festival, the Huntington Theatre in Boston, and Amphibian Stage Productions in Ft Worth , TX.