Jenny Romaine

Jenny-Romaine-2014-picDirector, designer, and puppeteer Jenny Romaine is a founding member of the OBIE winning GREAT SMALL WORKS collective and music director of Jennifer Miller’s CIRCUS AMOK.  She is endlessly fascinated by the project of keeping theater at the heart of social life.  She was a sound archivist at the YIVO institute for 13 years and for several decades has drawn on Yiddish primary source materials to create art that has exciting contemporary value. Romaine has led community-based projects across the United States as well as in Canada, Argentina, Europe, Columbia, India. In the 1990′s, in partnership with Yiddish diva scholar dreamer Adrienne Cooper (zts”l),  Jenny inaugurated a radical Purim project which became the Aftselokhes Spectacle Committee as younger visionary artist activists joined the ranks.  For the past few years, she has worked with a long list of artists and social justice organizations to produce Purim spectacles that bring together hundreds of revelers each year for an exhilarating experience. Romaine directs the spectacle singing group The Sukkos Mob (featured in the film PUNK JEWS. In 2013 Romaine was the first recipient of  the Adrienne Cooper Award for Dreaming in Yiddish. Her life goal is to be worthy of this honor.

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