Jenny Koons

When you are reading an application, what excites you? What do you look for?

I am excited by applications with a clear point of view and articulated reason for making the work NOW, whether it's a social justice organization or a visual artist. I want to know how an applicant is creating in conversation with the moment we're in. SPACE is incredibly fortunate to offer only fully-subsidized residencies this year, so I'm looking for applications that represent our core values of equity, inclusion, and radical hospitality. I want to know why SPACE is a perfect fit for you and your work. 

 

What is your favorite farm animal?

Definitely llamas. The eyelashes and those big brown eyes melt my heart.

 

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I'm a theater director and activist with a background in education and social justice work. I went to NYU Tisch for theater directing, then graduated and was a NYC Teaching Fellow. I taught in both NYC public and charter schools, and have worked as a consultant for over 10 years, training new school leaders and designing equitable and inclusive curricula. I also helped start LitWorld, an international nonprofit, and developed teacher training programs in Kenya and Liberia for two years. Recently, I've come back to my first love of theater directing, while also facilitating conversations about equity and representation within theater organizations.

John Baker

When you are reading an application, what excites you? What do you look for?

I really love when an applicant has a distinct voice and an original point of view that comes through in their work samples. And since SPACE's programs are particularly competitive, I also think it's helpful for applicants to articulate in concrete terms what they hope to achieve while they're up on the farm and what about the SPACE experience (beyond the idea of "time and space") aligns with their process/needs.

 

What is your favorite farm animal?

Horses!

 

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I was born and raised in Boston, but call NYC home now. I studied English as an undergrad at Boston University and got my MFA in dramaturgy from The University of Iowa. I've developed new work at Clubbed Thumb, Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf, Ma-Yi, New Harmony, The O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Page 73, Partial Comfort, PlayPenn, Seattle Rep, Seven Devils, and South Coast Rep. I'm the former Literary Manager at Woolly Mammoth and Artistic Associate at The Williamstown Theater Festival, and I'm the recipient of a Leadership U: One-on-One Fellowship, funded by The Mellon Foundation and administered by TCG. I'm also really into craft beer (but not in an annoying way).

 

Susan goodwillie

When you are reading an application, what excites you? What do you look for?

When I'm reading Creative Solutions Symposium applications, I love reading about projects where people are discovering new and innovative  advocacy tools for social change, particularly when those creative avenues are supporting the voices of people who are directly impacted by the issues being worked on! CSS residents in the past have used technology, arts, and collaboration with unlikely partners to find new solutions to old problems. SPACE wants to support activists and organizers who are seeking ambitious positive social change, who are able to articulate their visions for achieving those goals, and need the time and space to make those dreams a reality! 

 

What is your favorite farm animal?

Do insects count? If so: spiders!! Because they are weird and beautiful. If not: ducks! Because they make me feel nostalgic. I wish I could tell you why. They just do.

 

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I got my BFA in musical theater from Carnegie Mellon and graduated in 2007. After a year in LA, I moved to New York and in 2009, started talking with Emily about starting SPACE on Ryder Farm. The experience of starting a non-profit inspired to me to explore other skills and I decided to go back to school for social work. I enrolled at Hunter's school of social work in 2011 and pursued a focus in community organizing and mental health. Since graduating in 2013, I've worked at the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center, where I work with low income New Yorkers living with mental illness on issues pertaining to housing, benefits, and individual rights. My work now also includes organizing for better conditions in New York city and state prisons and jails and the end of the use of solitary confinement in correctional facilities. One of my favorite parts of my job is hosting monthly open mic nights for members of the mental health community to share their songs and poetry and stories for recovery.