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Biography

Jaclyn Biskup is a director and producer working in theatre, television, and film. She is the recipient of an Emmy and Peabody nomination for her work on the digital series, THE SECRET LIFE OF MUSLIMS and currently works as an assistant producer at New Ohio Theatre. She has worked on digital projects for PBS NOVA, Delta Air Lines, Caltech, Harvard, and others.  Her work in the theatre spans nearly two decades. As the founding artistic director of The Mill, she has directed and produced over 20 productions including the Chicago premieres of A DREAM PLAY (Caryl Churchill), VENUS (Suzan-Lori Parks) and THE PRIVATE OF LIVES OF ESKIMOS (OR 16 WORDS FOR SNOW) (Ken Urban.) In NYC, she produced and directed NICHOLAS, MAEVE, MARIANNE (Matthew Stephen Smith) one of Indie Theatre Now's 20 Best of NYC Fringe. She has assisted on productions at Steppenwolf, The Public, and The American Musical Theatre Workshop and has a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing and Theatrical Production from Northwestern University.

Artist Statement

I believe that the theatre is an inherently political space and therefore create work to affect positive change in our society.  The act of mimesis allows art to illuminate, reconstruct, and ultimately reinvent our world.  I consider myself an intersectional feminist and see this as inextricable from my work as an artist. Feminism is a world-building philosophy which seeks to expand freedoms for all people and actively challenges outmoded representations of sex, gender, sexuality, race, and class. My mise-en-scène employs a progressive worldview, arresting visuals, and complex emotional portrayals of character to create dynamic performances that spark dialogue, unveil potential, and stay with audience members long after they leave the theatre disrupting the status quo and inspiring new possibilities for all.