Actor/Writer & Director of the absurd, tragic and beautiful, Jay Dunn creates avant-garde movement theater for the stage. He has performed original devised work regionally and internationally with companies including Pig Iron Theater, Geoff Sobelle/Charlotte Ford, rainpan43 and several regional American theaters in London (The Barbican), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Paris, Haiti, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington DC.
Jay most recently adapted and directed Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid at Middlebury College. Recent credits include co-creating and performing Handshake Uppercut (2010 NY Clown Festival, 2011 Triskelion Comedy in Dance Festival). Jay has directed various solo shows, adapted and directed Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid and will direct Gold No Trade’s new production of The Pinks in 2013. He has performed internationally in 5 countries and regionally at Arena Stage (A Man's a Man), Folger Theatre (The Game of Love and Chance), Potomac Theatre Project (now Off-Broadway – Arcadia, Plenty, Piaf, Somewhere in the Pacific, Lovesong of the Electric Bear) among many others in the US. Jay has taught at the high school (Duke Ellington School of the Arts – DC, Friends School with Pig Iron – Philadelphia), college (American University), and professional level (Woolly Mammoth Theater with Pig Iron – DC, Whistler in the Dark Company – Boston, The Center for Movement Theater – DC & NYC) and continues to study Neutral Mask and Lecoq pedagogy as TA to Dody DiSanto at The Center for Movement Theater. Jay received his B.A. in Theater from Middlebury College, completed his graduate training at L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and trained in Clown with Giovanni Fusetti.
Off-Broadway: Serious Money (PTP/NYC at Atlantic Stage 2)
Devised Theater: Handshake Uppercut (Co-creator–Chicago Fringe ‘12, The Tank, Dixon Place, The Brick, Triskelion), The Pinks (Co-creator–Dixon Place), Chicken (Co-creator–Philadelphia LiveArts 2010 dir. Geoff Sobelle), Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl (2010 Edinburgh Fringe, 2011 London Mime Festival, 2011 Paris Quartier d’Ete, 2011 Festival des 7 Collines), Hell Meets Henry Halfway (Pig Iron Theatre Company/Woolly Mammoth), Liens (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris), Il Ne Faut Pas Ouvrir (Theatre de la Girandole, Paris), Cabaret Trash (La Peniche Alternat, Paris).
US Regional: The Game of Love and Chance (Folger Theatre), A Man's a Man (Arena Stage), Headsman’s Holiday (Theater Alliance), Arcadia, Plenty, Piaf, Somewhere in the Pacific, Lovesong of the Electric Bear (PTP), In the Boom Boom Room, Savage/Love (Project Y), Venus (Olney Theater Center), Metamorphosis (Catalyst Theater), The Blue Room (Phoenix Theater), The Scarlet Letter (Rorschach Theatre), Metamorphosis (Catalyst Theater), SLaughter City (Theater Alliance), The Blue Room (Phoenix Theater).