Directing & dramaturgy
In spring 2017, my last semester of college, I directed a very college-y production of The Merchant of Venice. I made a whole thing about it.
In 2018, I did a bunch of things with Shreshth Khilani. They have a nice website.
I’ve been hanging lights for six years, and designing for almost as long.
My aesthetic is heavily influenced by space and context. After lighting shows conventional and unconventional, and working in venues both established and (literally) underground, I find the work of finding, shaping, and creating space with light most compelling.
From Fringe 2017:
“Julia Montante’s scenic design and Jeremy T. Cohen’s lighting use the space (even its three pillars) well, creating a twinkle-light wedding fantasia that contrasts ironically with the dark tale.” - Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review
“Jeremy T. Cohan’s [sp] guerrilla lighting is very much of a piece with the world Walker and Di Monaco are creating.” - Cameron Kelsall, phindie
Groups I’ve worked with:
- Penn: iNtuitons Experimental Theatre, Front Row Theatre Co., Quadramics Theatre Co., Naatak Global Contemporary Theatre, African American Arts Alliance, Theatre Arts Department, Penn Ballet, PennYo Chinese A Capella
- Professional: Quintessence Theatre Co., On the Rocks, Philly Young Playwrights, Greenfield Collective
Spaces I’ve performed or worked in:
- Church basement, feat. two working outlets and knob dimmers
- Friends’ basement with, like, no working outlets
- Friend’s attic with some pretty nice outlets
- Multipurpose room, student union, 3/4 thrust
- Performing arts fabrication workshop, converted for the week into Mark Rothko’s studio
- Antique (ca. 1928) Mt. Airy movie theatre grand lobby
- Penn Museum, including Chinese rotunda & Egyptian room