Jeremy Karafin founded Poetic Theater Productions in February 2010 and, as artistic director, has produced over 160 productions, showcases, gallery shows and readings including GOLIATH (2011 Planet Connections Award for Outstanding Production of a New Play), faith (2012 Planet Connections Award for Outstanding Overall Production of a Solo Show), Paradox of the Urban Cliché, Dijla Wal Furat, Underground, Foreign Bodies, BACK, Redbone: A Biomythography, Taproot: Poetic Short Plays, Village Orpheus (2017 Fresh Fruit Award for Outstanding Overall Ensemble), Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home (Two 2017 NYIT Nominations), the Veteran Voices 2017 Series, 9 Art Gallery Shows, 2 years of Conscious Language and 6 years of Poetic License festivals of new poetic theater. Jeremy founded and produced the first three seasons of the Kinetic Poetics Project, an annual spoken word and poetry festival on the west coast, now in its thirteenth season. Jeremy produced a web-video in support of gay marriage with Alan Cumming and associate produced the Off-Broadway Production of No Place Called Home at 3LD-Art Center, the Wild Project, MileSquare and the cell. Previously Jeremy was the Assistant Director of Student Media and Television Broadcast Adviser at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received the Chancellor’s Award for his thesis work with the Kinetic Poetics Project. Jeremy was the Wild Project theater’s Venue Operations Manager in New York City’s East Village. As a director, he has directed work by Danny Rocco, David Davila, Darren Blaney, Kristina Goodnight, Timothy DuWhite, Mickey Bolmer, Teniece Divya Johnson, and Diana Son. He is the proud director of two of J. Julian Christopher’s plays including Rebel Judy and the award winning rock musical ¡Oso Fabuloso and the Bear Backs! His recent direction of Ted Bacino & Rufus Cadigan’s The Shakespeare Conspiracy at Theatre Row was hailed by Theater Pizzaz as a “must-see” with “superb direction”.
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