A creator of devised performance, Jeremy Goren’s most recent participatory work, Wistaria, challenges audiences to become active in their own questioning of U.S. mythologies and how our society functions, both in content and its means of production and presentation, appearing primarily in private homes and other non-performance spaces. The piece has appeared around New York City and Washington, D.C., and received five stars and a selection as ‘Best of the Capital Fringe’ by DC Metro Theater Arts in 2014. His previous work, You Will Make A Difference, a sited, installed, ambulatory performance, ran through several floors of West-Park Presbyterian Church in New York City in fall 2012. Flavorpill made the piece an Editor Pick and called it: “A truly experimental and immersive experience….Avant-garde yet deeply felt.”
Goren is also a long-time performer and managing director of Terra Incognita Theater, where he serves as assistant to Artistic Director Polina Klimovitskaya. He began training with Ms. Klimovitskaya in 2004 and joined Terra Incognita the following year. He assisted Ms. Klimovitskaya in the workshop she taught at the Zero Budget Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, in 2009 and has participated in the development and performance of Terra’s A Taste of Honey (Manhattan Theatre Source, 2006), Pebble-and-Cart Cycle, Parts I-III (Dixon Place in New York – 2008 and 2009 – and the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC), Speech-less (WAXworks, 2011), and Moving Landscape public-space performance series (Sing for Hope’s Pop-up Pianos in 2011 and FIGMENT Festival 2012), which he produced, as well; “I Take Good Care of My Corpse” (The End of Light art exhibition 2012, SOAK Festival at CAVE, 2012, 2013); Terra In Fragments (SOAK 2014); and, he served as assistant director for “Beckett’s Rockaby” at SOAK 2013.
Jeremy co-led a workshop at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center for the Lincoln Center Directors Lab as a Lab Master Artist in 2012. In January 2012 AliveWire Theatrics selected him as its inaugural A/M/P Resident and LEIMAY-CAVE awarded him a Black Studio Residency. He received another Black Studio Residency in 2013. Also in 2013, he participated on the panel “Interdisciplinary Performance: Process and Creation” at The David M. Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. In 2014 he presented a paper on 600 Highwaymen at the Performance and Interactive Media Arts Symposium at CUNY Brooklyn College. “O Actor Incessante” (“The Incessant Actor”), an article about acting processes, co-authored with Polina Klimovitskaya, appeared in a Portuguese translation by Ana Tamen in EUROPEAN REVIEW OF ARTISTIC STUDIES, vol. 6, n. 1, pp. 14-24. Goren also serves as the coordinating member of the NYC Seed Group created by the Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards at West-Park Presbyterian Church, co-organizing and participating in weekly singing sessions and seasons of Open Choirs, Public Conversations, One Day – A Festival, and work presentations of the Open Program.
Jeremy holds an M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from CUNY Brooklyn College and B.A. degrees in Spanish Language and Literature, Latin American Studies and Journalism from Brandeis University, which included a year of study at Universidad de la Habana in Havana, Cuba. He is bilingual and has published writing in English and Spanish, primarily about film, theater and immigration. He has taught arts and/or academics at Abrons Arts Center, Abrons’s StudioLab in the public schools, Brooklyn College Community Partnership, Kids Creative Summer Camp, Friends Seminary, and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, among others. In 2014-15 he co-created and co-taught PROJECTQUEST:PIMA a free, seven-month, exploratory program through the arts for NYC high-schoolers that culminated in an interactive, interdisciplinary, original performance.