Jess Barbagallo is a writer and performer. She has performed with Big Dance Theater (The Other Here), Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf (Panic, Drum of the Waves of Horikawa, It Cannot Be Called Our Mother But Our Graves) and The Builders Association (Jet Lag). She is a founding member of Half Straddle (The Knock-Out Blow, Sliding Whores, Nurses in New England, In the Pony Palace/Football), the Red Terror Squad (Family Bed) and the Dyke Division of 2HC (Room for Cream). Other credits include Fiabe Italiane (John Turturro), An Oresteia (CSC), MilkMilkLemonade (Josh Conkel/The Management), Little Edgar, Lamb of God (Sibyl Kempson/Eric Dyer), and The Quiet Way (Casey Llewellyn). She has written the plays Grey-Eyed Dogs (Dixon Place Mondo Cane Commission), I’ll Meet You in Tijuana (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab), Saturn Nights (Incubator Arts Project), and Men’s Creative Writing Group (Playwriting Resident of the Invisible Dog Art Center). She is a series regular on season two of the web series Gay’s Anatomy (Karina Mangu-Ward/Bobby Hodgson).
Upcoming: video collaboration with artist Andrea Geyer and world premier of Builders’ House/Divided (Wexner Center).
Ongoing: Without Me I’m Something or Karen Davis Does … (Dixon Place, LaMama, Youtube and other assorted guerilla venues), a performance art project that follows the stand-up hijinks of fictional comedienne Karen Davis and alter ego Joe Ranono.
MFA: Brooklyn College, Himan Brown Award recipient 2008 and 2009.
Jess Barbagallo will be working with Stacy Szymaszek on a poetic essay in response to focused reading and research on loss and unexpected absence.