Money plays a huge role in our lives. We pin our hopes and dreams on the dollar and yet we are unwilling to talk about it. Let’s end that taboo. A storytelling project/video collage, Penny Thoughts is a digital companion piece to BUST (Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab).
Jeesun Choi (Co-Creator, she/her) is a transnational Korean playwright and physical theatre artist. Her plays move through diaspora, (im)migration, transnationalism to reveal the joy and agony of the human condition. Plays include BUST (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab); Lost Coast (Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Festival, reading at New York Theatre Workshop); The Seekers (Bay Area Playwrights Festival Winner, O’Neill NPC Semifinalist, Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Fresh Ground Pepper Artist Retreat); Dahlia (Lark’s New Voices Fellowship Finalist, Dell’Arte International); Cecilies (Red Eye Theater, Minnesota Fringe Festival). She was awarded Artist of Exceptional Merit by Asian American Arts Alliance, and currently is the Ingram Lab Playwright at Nashville Rep, a member of EST/Youngblood, and a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop. She was a fellow at National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation at Pangea World Theater and a Works-in-Progress Artist at Red Eye Theater. MFA Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre, Dell’Arte International. www.jeesunchoi.com
Bryn Herdrich (Co-Creator, she/her) creates live performance events and directs new theatrical work. She has been the Associate Director of The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp at Studio 54, and recently co-directed Is it Supposed to Last created by William Burke at PlayCo. Other credits include: My Life Has Been Extraordinary (Joe’s Pub), Variations on the Main (JACK), Are We There Yet (The Bitter End), and Interabang (Ars Nova ANT Fest). Bryn has developed work at The Bushwick Starr, Clubbed Thumb, Williamstown Theater Festival, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Flea Theater, The Tank, Undiscovered Countries, and Dixon Place among others. Member of Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, MTC Directing Fellow 2018-2020, WTF Directors Corps, and the SDC Observership Class of 2018-2019. Upcoming: BUST with writer Jeesun Choi through the Soho Rep Lab. www.brynherdrich.com
Catherine Brookman (Performer & composer, she/her) is a performer/composer normally based in Brooklyn and currently based in LA. Past performances include Meredith Monk’s ATLAS with the LA Philharmonic (Walt Disney Concert Hall), with jazz and pop acts Esperanza Spalding and Lorde, in Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (Off-Broadway) and Hair (Broadway). She composes music for theatre, film, and opera and her work has been seen/heard at Lincoln Center, The Public, Ars Nova, Nitehawk Cinema, HERE Arts and more. Past works include William Burke’s Variations on the Main (JACK), PIONEERS#goforth (JACK), The Shes (The Public), La déroute (3LD) with Helen Banner and Rady&Bloom’s The Upper Room (NYTimes Critic’s Pick, New Ohio). She is developing a new multi-disciplinary work, Give it a Go, with choreographer Lisa Fagan (TMT Resident Artists, HERE). She performs her indie pop project under the name Sullivann and was recently featured live at the Greene Space on WNYC. http://www.sullivann.com