Janet Bentley – composer, Director, Dramaturg, Playwright, and Sound designer
Janet Bentley is a director, dramaturg, writer, actor, sound designer, graphic designer, and composer. They hold an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Iowa, a BA in theatre from the University of South Florida, and have multiple years training and experience in piano, dance, voice (opera and musical theatre), acting, and teaching theatre.
Janet made their international debut as a director/deviser, theatre instructor, and sound designer at Ashtar Theatre's International Youth Festival in Ramallah, Palestine, winning an award for their co-direction of The Waiting Room with Co-op Theatre East, NYC.
Some New York credits include world premieres of The Dark and Our Fantasia by John Patrick Shanley (Director; Tada!), Round Went The Wheel by Frank Ceruzzi (Director/Sound & Video Co-Design; The Lion Theatre/Theatre Row), Basement by Michael Hagins (Director; Roly Poly Productions--Nominated for two New York Innovative Theatre Awards), Guns And Ammunition (Writer; The Kraine Theatre - directed by David Adam Gill), Friendly's Fire by John Patrick Bray (Original Music/Sound Design; The 14th Street Y Theatre), CC: You In Hell! by Mark Levy (Directing/Sound Design @ The Kraine Theatre), Life X 3 by Yasmine Reza (Original Music/Sound Design @ New Light Theatre Project/Urban Stages), Detroit '67 by Dominique Morriseau (Sound Designer; Kingsborough-CUNY), Experimenting With Katz by David Adam Gill (Sound Designer; New Ambassador's), an original dance-play called Horse (Director/Writer; Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2017), Brooklyn (Cain's Adventure) by Mario Fratti (Director/Original Music by The Roly Polys; Theatre For The New City), Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter (Director/Development/Scenic Designer; Medicine Show Theatre), Lila on the Wall by Edward Allen Baker (Director; The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios), Abu Casem’s Slippers by August Strindberg (Director; The Gene Frankel Theatre), The Troubadour Struck by Lightning by Ed Malin (Director; FringeNYC), Blankets and Bedtime: 3 Restless Plays by Erik Champney (Director/Producer; Planet Connections Theatre Festivity), After Tartuffe by Judy Klass (Director; The Wild Project), Queers for Fears by Ed Malin (Director/Video Design; F*ckfest @ The Brick), The Addicts by Ed Malin (Director; Theatre for the New City), The Big Funk by John Patrick Shanley (Live Original Music; La Tea), Incendiary Agents by Jack Karp (Dramaturg/SM; The New Ohio Theatre), "This Round's On Us" (director/playwright in multiple festivals with Nylon Fusion - since 2013), and Coventry Carol by James McLindon (Emerging Artists Theatre).
Regional directing credits include As You Like It, The Pillowman, Baal, The Woman From the Sea, Time on Fire, Parallel Lives, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Randy Noojin’s The Knife Trick.
Upcoming: Janet makes their Off-Broadway sound debut assistant sound designing Jaymes Jorsling’s (A)Loft Modulation produced by american vicarious. Janet rejoins New Light Theatre Project sound designing Everything Is Super Great by Stephan Brown, directed by Sarah Norris (November 2019).
November-December 2019: Janet directs Steven Tenney’s Raygun Say0nara at The New Ohio Theatre.
Film/TV: "Stage Left" series (Season 1 release: January 2020 on HowlRound) - directing, sound, and original score. Janet has served as venue director for FringeNYC, venue manager & technical director for the 2019 SoFi Festival, and producing director at T. Schreiber Studio.
Janet is co-artistic director and founding partner at Roly Poly Productions. www.rolypolyproductions.com
David Adam Gill