Thursday, August 11, 2011

Janice Paran

Janice is a New Jersey-based dramaturg and writer and a Senior Program Associate for the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. She spent 14 seasons as the Director of Play Development at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ, and she has worked closely with numerous writers and artists, including Annie Baker, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Steven Dietz, Beth Henley, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Emily Mann, Dael Orlandersmith, Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson, Polly Pen, Regina Taylor, Stephen Wadsworth, Tracey Scott Wilson and Doug Wright in the development of new work for the theatre. She is the recipient of a Bly Creative Capacity Fellowship for her work on Memory Rings, a multi-media theatrical installation created by Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko, which will be seen at BAM in November. Recent projects include The Figaro Plays (translated, adapted and directed by Stephen Wadsworth) at McCarter Theatre and Bel Canto (Nilo Cruz, librettist; Jimmy Lopez, composer; Renée Fleming, curator) at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She is a Civilians Associate Artist, an artistic advisor to the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston, Vermont, and she was recently named to the roster of Fulbright Specialists. She has taught at Princeton University, Drew University, and NYU, and she holds M.F.A. degrees from Catholic University and the Yale School of Drama.