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Woolly publicizes Kristen Jackson as affiliate inventive director

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Firm publicizes the appointment of Kristen Jackson to Affiliate Creative Director and Director of Connectivity, a brand new twin function inside the group that started with the 2022-23 season. Jackson works intently with Creative Director Maria Manuela Goyanes to additional develop Woolly’s Connectivity program in help of Woolly’s wider inventive and strategic imaginative and prescient.

Jackson has served because the Connectivity Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Firm since 2014, a task created in 2009 to align Woolly’s inventive work with its social and political missions by means of community-led inventive programming, viewers enrichment, neighborhood engagement, and academic alternatives. Merging Jackson’s current function with the place of Affiliate Creative Director enhances Woolly’s profound dedication to neighborhood interdependence (mutual reliance) and relationship-building in each side of its work and strengthens Jackson’s capacity to holistically advance Woolly’s mission.

Kristen Jackson

“I’m thrilled by the chance to consider my function at Woolly extra expansively, all through our establishment,” says Jackson. “Throughout my time with Woolly, I’ve labored to deepen relationships with our neighborhood companions, transferring from the standard arts partnership mannequin, which may be transactional, to at least one that’s transformational for all concerned. Connectivity have to be woven into the material of all we do—with deep accomplice relationships and a concentrate on our native and civic points.”

“Kristen has made an indelible affect throughout her time at Woolly Mammoth, and this promotion honors how central she is to our success, particularly together with her work in our DC neighborhood,” shares Goyanes. “She is a crucial thought chief on the Creative staff in addition to throughout the group. I feel the world of her and am excited to assist her ambitions for Connectivity and Woolly Mammoth attain their most potential.”


Woolly’s Connectivity division was created in 2009 when, after almost 30 years as a brand new play producer, Woolly started asking arduous questions on the way it may take its work and affect on the sphere to a better degree. Woolly held a nationwide convention: Who’s in Your Circle: Theatre, Democracy and Engagement within the twenty first Century, from which Connectivity was created to hyperlink Woolly’s inventive mission to its social and civic work. On the outset, Connectivity was formidable in regards to the affect of theater on American tradition and society, proactive in drawing audiences to new, progressive work, and enhanced the theatrical expertise for patrons by offering further avenues and alternatives for engagement and becoming a member of the Woolly household.

Since her appointment in 2014, Jackson has continued Woolly’s function in furthering understanding and empathy throughout perceived and actual variations. Below her management, Woolly’s Connectivity work has grown to prioritize longitudinal, reciprocal, and long-lasting neighborhood relationships. To that finish, she launched the Connectivity Core Accomplice Program throughout Woolly’s 2020-2021 season, constructing long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships with native and regional organizations that share Woolly’s values round inclusion, anti-racism, social justice, and the ability of artwork.

Some Connectivity success tales underneath Jackson’s management embody:

  • Spearheading the launch of the Miranda Household Fellows (MFF) program at Woolly Mammoth. This collaboration with the Miranda Household Fund is an formidable workforce growth program designed to offer proficient candidates from traditionally excluded communities — particularly those that self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Individuals of Colour — with the assets and coaching vital to construct their careers as arts directors or theater practitioners.
  • Offering a month-to-month area for spoken phrase at Woolly Mammoth in collaboration with Core Accomplice Spit Dat, DC’s longest working open mic. Woolly additionally companions with Spit Dat on Spit Dat Academy, a dynamic program of workshops to help the expansion of the following technology of spoken phrase and efficiency artists. In collaboration with the Lead Up, Lead Out program in DC’s Division of Corrections, Spit Dat Academy is at present instructing writing and presentation expertise to incarcerated individuals, supporting them in harnessing the ability of their tales.
  • Born out of Spit Dat Academy, Woolly introduced Homegrown with Core Accomplice City Corridor Training Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) within the Anacostia neighborhood. This efficiency weaved collectively poetry, storytelling, hip-hop, and verse to reply the query, “What’s dwelling to you?” After the venture’s success, Jackson labored with Homegrown-featured-artist O-Slice in growing her solo present 19. This theatrical hip-hop and spoken phrase present was introduced by Woolly Mammoth at THEARC in June 2022 to almost sold-out crowds.
  • Throughout Woolly Mammoth’s current run of AIN’T NO MO’, Jackson oversaw the group’s first Black Out Efficiency. On this efficiency, an deliberately all-Black-identifying viewers was invited to expertise and focus on the play collectively. This intentional therapeutic area prioritized the wants of Black-identifying viewers members to be seen and celebrated in a theater area and course of advanced questions on race and belonging whereas in neighborhood. This efficiency was almost sold-out and supplied an expertise for the forged and viewers not like every other.


The Tony Award-winning Woolly Mammoth Theatre Firm creates badass theater that highlights the gorgeous, difficult, and great complexity of our world. For over 40 years, Woolly has maintained a excessive customary of inventive rigor whereas concurrently daring to take dangers, innovate, and push past perceived boundaries. One of many few remaining theaters within the nation to keep up an organization of artists, Woolly serves a vital analysis and growth function inside the American theater. Performs premiered right here have gone on to productions at a whole bunch of theaters all around the world and have had lasting impacts on the sphere. At present co-led by Creative Director Maria Manuela Goyanes and Interim Managing Director Ted DeLong, Woolly is situated in Washington, DC, equidistant from the Capitol and the White Home. This distinctive location influences Woolly’s funding in actively working in the direction of an equitable, participatory, and inventive democracy.

Woolly Mammoth stands upon occupied, unceded territory: the ancestral homeland of the Nacotchtank whose descendants belong to the Piscataway peoples. Moreover, the muse of this metropolis, and many of the unique buildings in Washington, DC, had been funded by the sale of enslaved individuals of African descent and constructed by their arms.


Woolly Mammoth’s nationally acclaimed Connectivity division was based in 2009 to hyperlink Woolly’s inventive mission with its social and political mission. Woolly Mammoth’s core values of radical inclusion and anti-racism are on the heart of this work.

Connectivity represents the potential and ambition of Woolly Mammoth to be a spot for individuals to return and have interaction with probably the most thought-provoking and difficult questions of our time. By means of its Connectivity work, Woolly Mammoth pursues deep, transformative relationships with its companions in the neighborhood, offers a platform and help for native artists, and reimagines the methods audiences can work together with the work onstage. Connectivity is integral to Woolly’s mission to radically redefine theater as a catalyst for an equitable, inventive, and engaged society — increasing the work past the stage and into the world.



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