Jay Adana- Human female who makes pleasing noises. Definitely not an alien.

In 2013 a group of friends from college began working on an adaptation of the Tin Man story from Frank L Baum's The Wizard of Oz in my living room. It involves Bunraku style puppetry and while the puppets are surprisingly emotive, something was missing in the storytelling. So I ducked into the bathroom and wrote a song to tell the story. After that I couldn't stop. That show was called The Woodsman. It was first seen in Brooklyn with an overhead projector for lighting at Standard Toykraft. From there it became a part of ARS Nova's All New Talent Festival. It had two sold out runs at 59E59 Theaters before transferring to New World Stages. I was also commissioned to write a song for Jeff Augustin's The Last Tiger in Haiti in joint production with The La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Rep where it was very well received. In 2016, I was admitted to #BARS at The Public Theater, a writer/performer program exploring verse and theater, where I co-wrote a short adaptation of Beloved by Toni Morrison with my partner Zeniba Britt. This year, we were honored to become one of the returning residency writers of the program, where we worked for three months developing our new musical, The Loophole under The Public’s expert storyteller, Jeanie O’Hare. We received the great honor of being commissioned to perform an excerpt of this musical at the The Public’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of HAIR. In 2018 I was awarded the Jonathan Larson Grant. In partnership with the American Theatre Wing and Jonathan Larson's alma mater Adelphi University, we will be presenting a concert selection of pieces from The Loophole on September 23. For tickets visit https://adelphi.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0FA000000M082SMAR