JESSE HAWLEY (Co-Artistic Director)is an artist, designer, songwriter, performer and founding member of the NTUSA who has co-created and performed in all of the company’s work. Most recently, she wrote and performed the original songs for The Golden Veil (The Kitchen, 2012) which will be available on vinyl and digital download (with accompanying limited edition artists book!) on September 7th, 2013. After graduating with a degree in painting from Skidmore College in 1997, Jesse moved to NYC where she has performed in works by Richard Foreman, Ken Nintzel, Juliana Francis Kelly, Yehuda Duenyas, Normandy Sherwood, The Vintage DJ, Latitude 14 and many others. Jesse also works as a decorative artist and custom wallpaper fabricator, and has illustrated two books: Animals vs. Furniture by Normandy Sherwood (Ugly Duckling Presse), and What Happened to an Alligator by Leon Stanley (Pet Snail Books). Jesse is a member of Brooklyn Art Space, where she is currently working on an updated Illustrated Manual of Rhetorical Gestures.
NORMANDY RAVEN SHERWOOD (Co-Artistic Director/Executive Director)is a playwright, costumer and performer. Her own plays have been presented at the The Kitchen, the Ontological Hysteric Theater, 13th St. Rep and Skidmore College, among others. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and has participated in residencies at chashama and Yaddo. She is a Co-Artistic Director and Executive Director of the NTUSA and has collaborated on all of the OBIE Award-winning company’s shows since 2002 as a writer, performer and costumer. As a costumer she has designed productions by Mac Wellman, Jim Findlay, Young Jean Lee, Faye Driscoll (2009 Bessie Award) and more. She also co-curates Little Theater @ Dixon Place and is a faculty member in New York University’s Expository Writing Program. MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College.
JAMES STANLEY (Co-Artistic Director) writes, designs, performs and directs for the NTUSA, and has been involved in various capacities in all of their shows. In addition to the company’s work, James has performed in works by Young Jean Lee, Yehuda Duenyas, The Vintage DJ, Hal Hartley, Phil Soltanoff, Richard Maxwell, Thomas Bradshaw and “Boxcar” Billy Burns and has worked variously as a writer, set designer, stage technician and carpenter in NYC since 1996. He recently performed in the New York and European premieres of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men. James holds a PhD in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. From 2011-12 he was an Assistant Editor at the interdisciplinary journal Public Culture where he helped to launch their companion book review site Public Books. James recently joined the faculty of Harvard University as a Lecturer in History and Literature.
JONATHAN JACOBS (Core Company Member) is a writer, director, filmmaker, performer and DJ. Jonathan directed NTUSA’s celebrated production of Moliere’s “Don Juan” in 2008 and the company’s commissioned work for Villa Gillet’s Walls and Bridges Festival in 2011 and 2012. Jonathan has also presented his work as a Director at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and Soho Rep in New York City as well as at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Highly acclaimed in his guise as The Vintage DJ, Jonathan can be found around town spinning an array of forgotten audio delicacies from the 30’s through the 70’s on a pair of vintage tube-powered classroom record players. According to Bruce Tantum, TimeOut NY’s Clubs Editor, “no retroist holds a tallow candle to Mr. Jacobs.” As The Vintage DJ, Jonathan has created a critically acclaimed radio show and podcast called The Time Machine, and he produces events with cultural institutions like PS 122, The Moth, The Kitchen, The Box, Bard Summerscape Festival, Spiegelworld, Magnum Photos and M on the Bund in Shanghai, China.