ImprovAcadia Presents Jay Eddy
Jay Eddy is a writer, composer, and performer. In 2022, their solo show Driving in Circles won the Richard Rodgers Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award and Musical Theatre Award, both from the Kennedy Center. They are a recent New Harmony resident, Yaddo fellow, Jonathan Larson Grant finalist, New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, and Connecticut Office of the Arts fellow. Their work for the stage has been called, “Bracingly original, astonishingly resourceful, and daringly theatrical,” and, “a joy to listen to...a beautiful tapestry of sound.” As a performer, they’ve been called, “Kate McKinnon on a cocaine bender.” MFA in Playwriting at Boston University, MA in Music Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Their work as a generative artist is rooted in a trauma-informed and deeply neuroqueer Weird Futurity (meaning: predestined sense of what-is-to-come as a repeating pattern of what- has-been). They are interested in hybrid and transdisciplinary forms integrating music, theater and performance art, film and video art, installation, testimony, memoir, poetry, translation, and ritual. They score their works with toy, parlor, electr(on)ic, and orchestral instruments in equal measure, undermining the primacy of the trained musician and emphasizing playability and plasticity.