Name: Jack Rushen
What is your current project? IMAGE at BBTF
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?
Theater at the 14th st. Y
What’s next for you?
Working on two play which are in development
What is the name of the last show you saw?
Any advice for your peers?
Spend all your time in front of your laptop.
Jack first fell in love with the theatre at sixteen years old, with a stellar portrayal of “Dead Man #2” in OUR TOWN, that they are still talking about at the Polka Dot Playhouse in Bridgeport, CT. He went on to play one of the thirty-seven soldiers in HENRY V at the American Shakespeare Theatre, and his claim to fame was quickly being fired for upstaging Christopher Plummer (for which he claims innocence).
Since then his life has been a whirlwind of generous mentors and like-minded artists.
His travels have taken him to the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS, after which he found himself in the ensemble of such wonderful companies as LONG WHARF, HARTFORD STAGE, THE KENNEDY CENTER, AND THE HARTMAN THEATRE, to name a few.
Since taking a hiatus from acting, Jack has had great success with playwriting. He recently won the “Julie Harris Competition for excellence in playwriting” with IMAGE, which will be produced at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in August. IMAGE has been seen in staged readings around the country in such theaters as THEATRE 40 in Los Angeles, ARTEMESIA THEATRE in Chicago, POWERHOUSE THEATER in New Canaan CT, WORDSMITH THEATRE in Houston, EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE in New York City, and at the DRAMATIST’S GUILD in their FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTLIGHTS series.
Other full-length plays include MATTERS OF FAITH, MEANS TO AN END, TAMING THE LION, CHAPPY IN PARADISE, and WHAT IT TAKES.
Other honors include many awards and accolades for his short play, TESTIMONIAL in the “East/West Theatre Festival,” the “Arts and Letters Prize” at Georgia State University, “The Boston Theatre Festival,” “Princeton Theatre Group” and recently, “Stage Door Productions” in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
His favorite theatrical expression is, “Ensemble is everything, ” because we can’t make good theatre alone.
IMAGE Monday, August 14 @ 12:30pm, Thursday, August 17@7:30 pm, Saturday, August 19th@3:30pm Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, Theater at the 14st Y, 344 East 14th St. NYC, http://www.broadwaybound.com