What is The Homebound Project?

“The Homebound Project grew from a desire to support frontline organizations by doing what we artists do best: creating and gathering, in newly imagined ways, Our mission is to provide sustenance: critical provisions for those in need, an opportunity for isolated artists to collaborate, and (we hope) a way for audiences to access the communal empathy that theater provokes.”

-Jenna Worsham, Homebound Co-Creator & Director

The Homebound Project is a new independent theater initiative, focused on connecting sheltering artists and helping to feed children affected by COVID-19 in NYC and beyond.

 

Founded by playwright Catya McMullen and director Jenna Worsham, The Homebound Project is theater made to raise funds for nonprofit organizations working at the forefront of the pandemic. Through an online theater platform, and as an all-volunteer artist team, each performance features a collection of 10-12 new theater works, written by homebound playwrights and recorded by sheltering actors. View-at-home tickets begin at a donation level of $10, with all proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry, a national organization helping to feed countless children living with hunger.

 

The Homebound Project has been extended to include five editions, with each collection of new works available to stream over a strictly limited 4-day period.

The first edition streamed May 6-10.

The second edition streamed May 20-24.

The third edition streamed June 24-28. 

The fourth edition streamed July 15-19.

The fifth edition streamed August 5-9.

The Homebound Project Team

Jenna Worsham

Homebound Project Creator, Director

Stage Director, Activist. Recent Directing: At the Wedding by Bryna Turner (upcoming at LCT3); The Siblings Play by Ren Dara Santiago (Rattlestick); Summer's Soldier by Boo Killebrew (Williamstown, CommunityWorks); The Climb by C.A. Johnson (Cherry Lane); Our Town for the Pride Plays Festival (featuring a cast of gender nonconforming actors);  AGNES by Catya McMullen at 59E59 Theaters for Lesser America (NY Times Critics’ Pick); Amy Herzog's Belleville for the Pasadena Playhouse, starring Anna Camp & Thomas Sadoski. Jenna was a 2019 National Directing Fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and the 2017 Drama League & Boris Sagal Directing Fellow at Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she co-conceived and directed Blue Ridge (The Atlantic Theater). Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles; The Parisian Woman (Associate Director ), Picnic. Select Off-Broadway/Regional: Wonder Boi by Jacob Jarrett (NYMF); Street Children by Pia Scala-Zankel (Vertigo Theatre, NY Times Critics’ Pick); Dear by Lily Houghton (MCC); Gun Country (Houses on the Moon Theater, A.R.T/New York); The First Immigrant by Martyna Majok (Williamstown); Here to Be Seen (featuring a cast of formerly incarcerated women, commissioned by the Brooklyn DA); The Vagina Monologues for Taconic Prison with the Women's Prison Association. Jenna has developed new work for The Public Theater, ACT, Yale Rep, Playwrights Horizons, EST, The Lark, Labyrinth, Playmakers Rep, The Drama League, MCC, LCT3, Primary Stages, The Actors Studio, among others. She has been awarded a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship (MTC), two SDC Foundation Observerships, and is also the Co-founder of Creative Solutions, a residency program at SPACE on Ryder Farm for human rights advocates. She is a member of SDC, and represented by Emma Feiwel at WME. 

Catya McMullen

Homebound Project Creator, Playwright

is a playwright, comedian, TV + screenwriter. Her plays include GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD (EST/Youngblood, Time Out NY Critics Pick), AGNES (Lesser America/59E59, NYT Critics Pick), LOCKED UP BITCHES (The Flea Theater), Everything Is Probably Going To Be Okay, We Pray To Elephants, A**HOLES IN GAS STATIONS (EST/Youngblood), Rubber Ducks And Sunsets (Ground UP Productions) along with numerous shorts. Her play Missed Connection won the Sam French OOB short play competition and was directed by Leslye Headland (Russian Doll). She is the creator of the WE ARE ANIMALS series, a quarterly variety show series she wrote with Scott Klopfenstein of the Gold Record selling band Reel Big Fish, where she performed as her feminist hip hop alias “Chihuahua Fancy.” She is a proud alum of the Obie Award-winning EST/Youngblood and a company member of The Middle Voice Theater Company; the apprentice company of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Film/TV: AMC's Dietland, Freeform's Everything's Gonna Be Okay, FX's Y the Last Man (upcoming), and currently Showtime’s The Auteur with Taika Waititi and Jude Law. GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD was optioned by STAR THROWER Entertainment, which she adapted. 

Mary Solomon

Creative Producer

Mary Solomon is a Partner of Star Thrower Entertainment, a film & television production company based in Los Angeles.  Mary was also part of the producer teams for several on/off-Broadway productions, including "Beautiful: The Carole King Story" (2014) which ran for six great years.

Mary is a member of the Board of Directors of Team Rubicon, the country's leading veteran disaster relief organization as well as on the Board of the Roundabout Theatre Company, the country’s largest not-for-profit theater company. She is a Trustee at Film at Lincoln Center, the organization that produces the annual N.Y. Film Festival And Mary serves as an Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History.

Jon Burklund / ZANNI Productions

Video Editing and Design

Fan Zhang

Sound Designer, Composer

Andy Jean

Costume Design Consultant

(he/him) Jon Burklund is a New York based video artist specializing in documentation and documentary video for performing artists and arts organizations. Since 2015, Jon has documented over four hundred performances and events for organizations including Arena Stage, American Repertory Theater, The Public Theater, La Mama ETC, New York Theater Workshop, 59E59 Theaters, Bushwick Starr, Parsons Dance, ART NY, and All for One Theater. Jon is resident videographer at The Exponential Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Ma-Yi Theatre Company, and is the digital content producer at Musical Theatre Factory.
Jon’s work has long focused on creating sustained partnerships with some of NYC’s boldest artists, especially those working towards social justice and representation. With this intention, Jon has developed video content in collaboration with Diana Oh ({my lingerie play}), Pioneers Go East Collective (Gemini Stars), Jomama Jones (BLACK LIGHT), Dan Fishback (Cheese on Bread), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Dael Orlandersmith’s Until the Flood).
Jon is currently in production for his first full length documentary film, featuring dance artists Mina Nishimura and Kota Yamazaki 
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Off-Broadway: At the Wedding* (Lincoln Center Theater), Paris (Atlantic Theatre), Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Second Stage&WP Theater), Pumpgirl (Irish Rep), Suicide Forest (Ma-Yi Theater), Molly Sweeney (Theatre Row), Round Table (59E59 Theater), Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Trail of the Catonsville Nine (Transport Group), Scissoring (INTAR).Beautiful Day Without You (West End Theatre). Three Girls Never Learnt the Way Home (Cherry Lane Theater). Selected Regional: Animals*(Williamstown Festival),  Chinese Lady (Long Wharf Theater), Pipeline (Studio Theatre, D.C. ), Eclipsed (Milwaukee Rep), Yasmina’s Necklace (Premiere Stages), Seven Guitars (Yale Rep), Redeem (Cincinnati Ballet), Revolutionist (Pittsburgh City Theatre), Red Maple (Capital Rep).  Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama.  fanzhangsound.com

Andy is thrilled to be collaborating with Jenna Worsham and the incredible team on The Homebound Project Recent Work includes:
Off-Broadway: Siblings Play (Rattlestick Theatre), What to Send Up When it Goes Down (Playwrights Horizons), One in Two (The New Group), Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (WP Theater), For All The Women Who Thought They Were Mad (Soho Rep), Good Grief  (Vineyard Theater), The Climb (Cherry Lane) and Rags Parkland (Ars Nova). 
 Regional: Amen Corner (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Macbeth in Stride (American Repertory Theater), The Christians (Chautauqua Theater), Little Shop of Horrors (Trinity Rep), Macbeth (Trinity Rep) and An Iliad (Long Wharf)
Training: MFA, NYU/Tisch. www.andyjean.com

Tamsi New

Art Director

victor cervantes jr.

Creative Producer and Company Manager

Everyman Agency

Press

Tamsi is a multidisciplinary storyteller living in Brooklyn. Originally from the Texas Hill Country, she moved to NYC with indie-rock band Grassfight for which she played bass guitar. Her work as a copywriter and graphic designer has won several awards, including Best in Show with the 2018 Educational Advertising Awards, a 2018 Davey Award for best small shops, and an Excellence Award from the 2019 Communicator Awards.
Tamsi has studied improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The People's Improv Theater, and Annoyance Theater– She's performed, directed, produced, and written herself into fun basements all over town. She wishes she was cool enough to like beer and credits this bio as being one of the least favorite things she's ever written. tamsinew.com

victor cervantes jr. is a theatermaker, educator, and community organizer from Phoenix, AZ. He is the former Associate Producer at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Season 23 + 24), former Co-Artistic Producer of MiddleVoice at Rattlestick (the apprentice company of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, from 2013 - 2017). specifically, he aims to have support and uplift BIPOC Queer and Trans artists and stories to more visible platforms to reach communities who have been pushed to the margins. Actor (selected): Henry IV (dir. Phyllida Lloyd at St. Ann's Warehouse); Lila Feinberg’s Clifford Odets Ensemble Commissioned piece Love Lab (dir. by GT Upchurch); Harrison Rivers’ Look Upon Our Lowliness (Shy) (dir. David Mendizabal); Vassa Zhelesnova (dir. Moritz van Stuelpnagel); Savage in Limbo (dir. Stella Powell-Jones); Polaroid Stories (dir. Adam Knight); Multistages’ Temple of the Souls; The Alec Baldwin Fellowship at Singers Forum. Director (selected): Arthur Laurents' Centennial Award Winner for The Enclave by Arthur Laurents (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); The Parlour by Xavier Galva (Middle Voice at Rattlestick); Hawthorne’s James Baldwin Project (Middle Voice at Rattlestick); Exposure by Steve DiUbaldo (Middle Voice at Rattlestick); Summer and Smoke by Tenessee Williams (NYU/ETW); and (melo)drama*tic by victor cervantes jr. (NYU/Strasberg). Playwright: (melo)drama*tic, hom#phobic, connectSHUN, four Stories for Stories, and human(I)fest. He was part of the inaugural Greenhouse Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Producer (selected): Street Children by Pia Scala-Zankel (Vertigo Theater Company); Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Art House Productions); MCC Freshplay. He has enjoyed teaching for NTI/Theatermakers at The O'Neill Theater Center, Hunter College, NYU, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Currently, he is a proud faculty member at Brophy College Preparatory. 1st-Generation College Graduate: BFA NYU/Tisch School for the Arts, Lee Strasberg Centennial Scholar, Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar.

Everyman Agency is a communications firm promoting complex ideas, mostly in the arts. Founded by John Wyszniewski, Everyman Agency builds awareness and provokes action for cultural organizations and individual artists by putting impactful storytelling, strategic thinking, and meaningful relationships at the heart of their work. They believe in the power of the media to shine a spotlight on new and underrepresented voices. Everyman Agency specializes in dance, theater, music, visual art and the compelling work in between. everymanagency.com

Ludmila Brito

Line Producer

Maiya Pascouche

Line Producer

Steven Hall/HALLPR

Social Media Manager

Ludmila Brito is a Brazilian director focused on the development of new plays, community building, and facilitating conflict resolution through empathy. Lud has directed in Singapore, India, and Brazil. Highlights: Echo Chamber at the Harper Joy Theatre, Gesa Powerhouse, Westlake Park, Breathing in Reverse by Evan Peterson, Club Leather Queen by Naomi Harris (workshop) and co-directed with Nilaja Sun “Project Transform” at the Hartford Stage. Assistant Directing: Jenna Worsham for Ren Dara Santiago's The Siblings Play at Rattlestick, Kent Gash for Cori Thomas’ Lockdown at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center (NPC), Adrienne Williams for the Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Hunter College and Addie Gorlin for the reading of Hollow Bones at Access Theater. She is a Miranda Family Fellow as well as an alum of NTI and Advanced Directing TM.  

https://www.ludcabrito.com/

Maiya Pascouche is a theater director-actor-adaptor. Originally from Connecticut, she has found her true home in the multifarious neighborhoods of New York City. She studied Drama at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Her work strives to challenge the heterotypical, male driven narrative commonly found in a theatrical setting by placing women and LGBT+ characters at the forefront of her pieces. She continues to test the boundaries of theatricality through sonic and gestural world building to serve these narratives. Highlights: M (reimagined) by Maiya Pascouche, inspired by William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (NYU/Playwrights Horizons Downtown, workshop), 4 girls the first letter e by Maguire Wilder (NYU/Playwrights Horizons Downtown, workshop), RaTs:SubwaySongsandStories by Maguire Wilder (Theaterlab, workshop and production), Hood in the Wood by Noël Grieg (NYU/Playwrights Horizons Downtown), Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts). 

Born and bred in Flushing, Queens, Steven is the epitome of a native New Yorker. Gifted with a sharp wit, tongue, and street-smart instincts, Steven created his own reality throughout his career, and has never shied away from a challenge or opportunity. An overactive imagination took Steven from the inner workings of hospitality to the world of public relations, from Flushing to Tokyo and beyond. Steven often says that he did not choose PR, PR chose him. The Observer said “Industry people on several continents love Steven Hall and his smart compact firm.”

Additional Team:

Poster/Logo Designer: Ellie Philips

Social Media Specialist: Mark Villari

Line Producer: Kevin Laibson

Contact Us:

For general inquiries, please email homeboundtheater@gmail.com 

For press inquiries, please email john@everymanagency.com

For general No Kid Hungry inquiries, please email info@strength.org

For general inquiries, please email homeboundtheater@gmail.com 

For press inquiries, please email hello@everymanagency.com

For general No Kid Hungry inquiries, please email info@strength.org

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