JEREMY J. KAMPS (Brietwisch Farm Playwright) is a current member of the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, Playwright-in-Residence for Esperance Theater Company and Spectrum Theater Ensemble. Recent productions include Runaway Home at the Fountain Theater in Los Angeles and 13th Point at The Public Theater Joe’s Pub.
His plays have received awards and recognition including: The William Saroyan Human Rights Award Finalist 2016, Page 73 Semi-Finalist (2017), The Ruby Lloyd Apsey Award (Gutting), The Goldberg Prize, Woodward International Playwriting (What It Means To Disappear Here), Hudson Valley Writers Center and the NYU Festival of New Works (Water Hyacinth).
Selected productions include Gutting, presented by the National Black Theatre of Harlem in Fall of 2015, What It Means To Disappear Here (Ugly Rhino, NYC) in spring of 2013. His work has been produced/developed with Esperance Theater Company, Company Cypher at the National Black Theatre of Harlem, Ugly Rhino, Dixon Place, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, The Amoralists and New York Theatre Workshop. His fiction has received publication in The Madison Review as well as the H.E. Francis Award (“The Source of Everything”), the Tom Howard/John Reid Fiction Prize (“Drawing Water”), The Little Patuxent (“Locked Out”), Lamar York Prize finalist and recognition in Glimmertrain, Inkwell, The Caribbean Writer, and New Millenium.
As an educator and activist, Jeremy has lived and worked for lengthy periods of time in Latin America, India and East Africa where he focused on support and empowerment for former child soldiers, displaced peoples and child rights. He received the Theatre Communications Group “On the Road” grant in 2015 to return to Kenya where he conducted drama workshops as part of his research for a new play on flower farms. After 8 years as a full-time middle school classroom teacher, Kamps has facilitated drama and writing workshops around the world and of all ages. His most recent partnerships being with Rikers Island Correctional Facilities and Newark Community Solutions focused on men re-entering society after incarceration. MFA: New York University Tisch School of the Arts in Dramatic Writing. Upcoming: Runaway Home at Southern Repertory Theater (NYC).
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