Jenny Romaine has worked extensively as a puppeteer, performer and director with the Bread & Puppet Theater, Janie Geiser Amy Trompetter, Sam Wilson, Daniel Rozela Lang-Levitsky, and OBIE winning Great Small Works, of which she is a founding member. She is also the musical director of Jennifer Miller’s (OBIE, Bessie winning) Circus Amok. Romaine collaborates with people of all ages on works that range from the miniature (toy theater) to the gigantic such as the Spectacle of the Rising Tide Parade or Tourne: New York, a giant street spectacle with 5,000 people for the city of Tournefouille, France. She has committed over two decades to the cultivation of new Yiddish theater and community based performance art. Romaine has had the privilege of working with many artists / scholars on the Klezkanada staff on projects such as (two puppet films) The White Pajamas with Yiddish Canadian memory painter Mayer Kirshenblatt (and Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt Gimblett.) and A Blue Mime Khanike with music by Michael Winograd’s Infection, The Sukkos Mob, a band of holiday spectacle singers, (with Avi-Fox Rosen and many others) which Romaine directs, The Megile Reloaded (a music theater with puppets adaptation of Itzik Manger’s Megila), Kids and Yiddish (directed by Joanne Borts) and for a decade, the Workmen’s Circle/ Adrienne Cooper/ JFREJ /( now Auf Tsleykhes) dazzling gender queer Purim Shpiels of NYC. Romaine has toured the La Ciudad: The Magic Box of NYC with stage illusionist Copper Henningfield and directed The Memoirs of Glikl Hameln, a music theater work with puppets, in collaboration with Frank London and Adrienne Cooper with some additional writing by Michael Wex. Romaine founded the Youth Theater workshop at Klezkamp, teaches in NYC public schools and jails, and the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She was the Sound Archivist at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for 13 years.
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