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Jess Barbagallo is an actor, arts writer, theater practitioner, playwright and teacher. Currently appearing on Broadway in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jess has been acting professionally for almost fifteen years in New York City. He has toured internationally and domestically with experimental theatre companies: Half Straddle (founding member), Big Dance Theater, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and The Builders Association. Jess has performed in large-scale performance works by multidisciplinary artist Andrea Geyer: Time Tenderness at the Whitney Museum of Art and Comrades of Time at the Whitney and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Most recently he toured Europe with Tania Bruguera’s production of Endgame. Jess’s writing has been published in Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine and by 53rd State Press, where Jess also functions as a copyeditor and consultant. He has presented plays and performance texts at Dixon Place, Performance Space New York, and The New Ohio Theatre.
Theater artists Jess Barbagallo and Tina Satter from the performance group Half Straddle will share texts and techniques from their work together in a discussion of why and how to use scripts (textual and physical) for performance as a means to re-form and re-configure both the banal and transcendent into new conceptions of being together in the world. The scripts and scores that direct us in everyday life are modes of engagement that are also activated in our touring exhibition Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson.read more »