John Jesurun

United States
United States
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JOHN JESURUN is a playwright,director,designer living in New York. His presentations integrate elements of language, film,architectural space and media.His exploded narratives cover a wide range of themes and explore the relation of form to content.They challenge the experience of verbal, visual and intangible perceptions. His work is distinguished by his integrated creation of the text,direction,set and media design. Born 1951 in Battle Creek, Michigan. B.F.A. Philadelphia College of Art/1972. M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale University/ 1974. 1976-79/Television Content Analyst for CBS.1979-82/Assistant to producer/ Dick Cavett Show  producing shows on John and Mackenzie Phillips, John Hammond Sr., Odetta and Tito Puente. 
In 1982 he began began his theatrical career at the Pyramid Club on the Lower East Side with his groundbreaking serial play  CHANG IN A  VOID MOON, now in its 60th episode. (Bessie Award). Since 1984 he has written,directed and designed  over 25 pieces including: the media trilogy of DEEP SLEEP (1986 Obie Award, Best Play), WHITE WATER and  BLACK MARIA , NUMBER  MINUS  ONE, DOG’S EYE VIEW, RED HOUSE, SHATTERHAND MASSACREE, PHILOKTETES, EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE, SLIGHT RETURN, IRON LUNG, BARDO, SEPTET and SNOW.
His company has toured extensively  in Europe and the United States. His work has been produced and presented by numerous venues including La Mama, the Kitchen, the Walker Arts Center, On the Boards, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Wexner Center,Kampnagel Theater, Prater Theater,National Theater of Mexico, Mickery Theater, Theater am Turm, Granada Festival,  Eurokaz Zagreb, Bogota International Festival,Vienna Festival,Kyoto Performing Arts Center and Spoleto USA.  His short films have been shown at festivals and alternative spaces in Europe and the US.

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Firefall Performance 2006
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