Jaki Bradley: Pipeline makes the impossible, possible

Jaki Bradley here, I’m a Pipeline ensemble member and a director — if you’ve been to a Pipeline show in the last few years, you might have seen me pacing nervously in the back or running backstage to give an actor a prop.

I have been lucky enough to direct for Pipeline several times in the last few years, and this year am honored to be directing Playing Hot for Pipeline’s 10th anniversary season.

Playing Hot centers on Buddy Bolden, a day laborer in the early 1900s who pioneered America’s art form, jazz. The show tells the story of his incredible rise and fall, and transports us to an evening in New Orleans. It also tries to tell Buddy’s story in the style of the music he made, riffing on the structure of a play the way Buddy riffed on the notes on the page.

The show is about history, legacy and the nature of invention. It’s also about making art and how race, class and history are intrinsically embedded in which stories we know and why. It’s also a dance party. With a live brass band.

If you didn’t catch my drift, this show is A LOT of things, and it flat-out wouldn’t exist without Pipeline. They have supported and nurtured it since it was just an idea, and at every step of the way, they’ve let us dream big and tell exactly the story we want to.

You’ve probably heard many times that Pipeline makes the impossible possible – and that’s absolutely true – but I want to drill down into how they do that. Because it isn’t just about their taste or their enthusiasm; it’s about the insane work ethic, skill, and resourcefulness they put into their shows. It’s because they work relentlessly hard to make the kind of art they believe in.

There’s no one I trust more with my work, and no one I believe deserves your support more.

So join me in pledging your support to Pipeline. With a company this enterprising, every little amount helps (but don’t be shy, big amounts help too!).

Join me in supporting this incredible group of artists and their boundless vision.

Thanks for your time, and come share some gumbo with us this spring!

Bottom Photo by Marcus Middleton

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Join Us for a Pizza Party on October 21!

We’re kicking off a season full of 10th anniversary celebrations with our first ever Pipeline’s Amazing Race on October 21! For those who’d like to join in that day as spectators rather than as competitors, we’re harkening back to the early years of Pipeline and are throwing a good old-fashioned pizza party at 47 Great Jones Street. GET TIX

Festivities start at 1:30PM, so that spectators can watch moments of the race live and greet our winners (and almost-winners) as they cross the finish line. We’ll keep the beer and pizza flowing until 5:30PM.

Join the whole Pipeline community, including artists, staff, audience, and supporters on Sunday, October 21, for a family celebration and the most happy of happy hours. We’ll drink beer, eat pizza, congratulate the winners, and raise our bottles to the last decade of bold and impossible theater-making.

Party Entry | $10
Party Entry Plus | $20 (includes a slice and 2 beers)
Party Entry Plus Plus | $25 (includes unlimited slices and open bar!)

Interested in in signing up to be a contestant in the race? There’s still room! Learn more and sign up!

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Introducing Our New Managing Director!

Today we are pleased to announce a thrilling step forward for Pipeline with the addition of Caileigh Scott, Managing Director, to our leadership team.

We are excited to take this vital step to foster sustainable, long-term growth for Pipeline. This evolution of our team will greatly enhance support both for our artists and for the business we’re building to support them.

Cailiegh brings years of experience in fundraising, marketing, and event planning to her new position with Pipeline. While serving as our part-time Managing Director, Caileigh will continue to serve as Deputy Executive Director for Eleanor’s Legacy, a nonprofit that recruits, trains, and funds pro-choice Democratic women candidates across New York at the state and local level. Previously, Caileigh served as an Associate Event Planner & Fundraising Strategist for a non-profit fundraising consultant firm, and as Youth Program Coordinator for several acting programs throughout New York City. Caileigh also co-founded IBG Inc, an event and experience based fundraising organization in Los Angeles where she served as Chief Creative Officer for 6 years before moving to New York. Read Caileigh’s full bio.

“So often artists are made to feel that they have to earn their big ideas by spending years creating work that plays it safe. I’m thrilled to join the community at Pipeline that values and supports an artist’s vision, no matter the scale, and works hard every day to bring that vision to life on stage.” – Caileigh Scott, Managing Director

Caileigh joins Ari Schrier, Artistic Director, and Natalie Gershtein, Producing Artistic Director. Together, the three leaders will exist on a spectrum from art to business: Ari on the artistic side, Caileigh on the business side, and Nat forming a bridge between the two.

We’ll be celebrating Caileigh’s arrival, as well as our milestone 10th season, on October 21 at our inaugural Amazing Race and Season 10 Kick-Off Party. In our Amazing Race (October 21, All Day!), teams of two will race through downtown Manhattan, and will conquer mental and physical puzzles in order to get points and move from place to place. It’s all in support of Pipeline and for the chance to win VIP tickets to Hamilton. Click here to learn more and sign up!

Not quite up for the Race but still want to celebrate? Join us the evening of October 21 for our Season 10 Kick-Off Party! More details coming soon.

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Announcing Pipeline’s Amazing Race!

We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary season all year long, and we’re kicking things off on October 21 with a very special, very Pipeline event. We’re calling it Pipeline’s Amazing Race, and it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Teams of two will race through downtown Manhattan, and will conquer mental and physical puzzles in order to get points and move from place to place. Think scavenger hunt…but with a Pipeline twist. The first pair to pass the finish line and rack up the most points wins two VIP tickets to Hamilton.

To participate, teams must sign up here and complete the first challenge by the morning of the race, Sunday, October 21, 9AM. What’s the first challenge? Using a Facebook fundraiser (or by making your own donation) each team must collectively raise $500 for Pipeline ($250 per participant). Race day will culminate in a Season 10 Kick-Off Party, where the winning team will be announced.


We’re known for challenging our artists to stretch the parameters of what’s possible and to go as far as they can dream. In honor of our 10th anniversary, we’re bringing that challenge to our whole community. Our audience and supporters will compete alongside teams of Pipeline artists, staff, and ensemble. With Pipeline’s Amazing Race you’ll test your mind (trivia! games! brain puzzles!), challenge your body (well, a little), and support Pipeline while you do it! Learn More

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Exciting Developments in Our Leadership Team

At Pipeline, the art and the artists are our top priority. As a company dedicated to bringing to life the biggest, most impossible dreams of our emerging artist community, we’re turning our focus to growing our capacity over the next few months in order to foster sustainable, long-term growth. Toward that end, we are pleased to announce an exciting development in our leadership structure, which will greatly enhance support both for our artists and the business we’re building to support them.

We are overjoyed to announce that Natalie Gershtein, Producing Director since 2015, is now Producing Artistic Director. Natalie joins Ari Schrier, Artistic Director, as the two primary artistic leaders of the company.

This shift enables Ari to focus her leadership on building relationships with artists, curation, and supporting artistic development. Nat will partner with Ari on these endeavors while continuing to produce all mainstage productions and grow the business with a new third leader, whose primary focus will be on fundraising and marketing. Today, we are thrilled to begin the search for a Managing Director. Click here to learn more and apply.

Together, the three leaders will exist on a spectrum from art to business: Ari on the artistic side, our new Managing Director on the business side, and Nat forming a bridge between the two in her new role as Producing Artistic Director.

The addition of a Managing Director is a huge milestone for Pipeline and will be the second part-time salaried staff position for our growing company. This expanded leadership team will be supported by Pipeline’s remarkable volunteer staff which includes: Kristy Bodall, Director of Production; Tom Costello, Associate Artistic Director; Laura Been, General Manager; Philip Santos Schaffer, Literary & Community Manager; Amy Gijsbers van Wijk, Artistic Development Manager; and Mia Hull, Artistic Intern.

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We’re Hiring! Currently Seeking a Managing Director

Pipeline Theatre Company was founded in 2009 as a class project at NYU’s Atlantic Acting School and is now entering its 10th season. In the past three years, the company has gone from an operating size of $75K to $300K based on the hard work and dedication of the volunteer staff, and the unbridled imaginations of our community of artists. We have always put our artists first and have prioritized fundraising to pay artist fees on our mainstages. As our company continues to grow, we are, for the first time, able to dedicate resources to growing our staff capacity, in order to create sustainability and support our long-term artistic vision. In season 9 we introduced our first salaried staff member, and in the upcoming season we would like to bring an additional leader into the fold to help bolster our growth and the future of Pipeline.

POSITION: Managing Director
ORGANIZATION: Pipeline Theatre Company (New York, NY)
CATEGORY: Administration
JOB TYPE/SALARY: $20K annually, part-time, with a flexible schedule (average 15-20 hours/week; and 25-30 hours/week during productions and major events).

REPORTS TO: Report to Producing Artistic Director in the first year, reports directly to the board in the second year onward.
OVERSEES: Pipeline’s Volunteer Staff, External/Independent Contractors


  • Say yes to artists and big ideas whenever possible
  • Work collaboratively and compassionately


  • Work closely with the Producing Artistic Director (the only other paid staff position) to manage a growing organization with a $300K operating budget
  • Oversee and manage Pipeline volunteer staff and interns
  • Strategize and execute growth plans in fundraising and general operations


  • Major focus on fundraising and strategy with a goal towards increased income
  • Take lead on grant applications (Government and Foundations) for continued financial growth
  • Take lead, with support from Producing Artistic Director, staff and Board of Directors to plan annual Gala and all additional fundraising events (donor cultivation, thank you events and smaller fundraisers)
  • Maintain donor database and manage donor follow-up, acknowledgements, and yearly tax-letters
  • Cultivate show-specific sponsorships
  • Plan show-specific events (Opening night, VIP nights, fundraising events, etc.)


  • Operational oversight and goal setting, growth planning and execution
  • Financial reporting and accounting
  • Creating and maintaining annual budgets, cash flow documents, and show-specific production budgets with Producing Artistic Director
  • Oversee all marketing initiatives with support from Marketing staff position
  • Develop ticket sales projections and oversee the development and execution of sales strategy


  • Have a passion for Pipeline’s mission and our community of emerging artists.
  • Be a leader who has the vision and energy to continue to grow our burgeoning company into a sustainable and healthy home for artists.
  • Be a creative-thinker and problem-solver.
  • Be comfortable with a flexible schedule and working remotely.
  • Have experience in fundraising. Prior experience with a theatre company is highly desirable. Marketing experience is a plus (Those with a Master’s Degree in Theatre Management, Arts Administration or comparable experience are highly encouraged to apply).
  • Have a sense of humor and boat loads of courage.

We are a growing company and are looking for a leader to grow along with us. This is a major opportunity for growth, leadership and integration into our company.

Application deadline: August 19th, 2018

To submit: Email cover letter, resume and 2 references (Name / Affiliation / Contact – no letters required) to jobs@pipelinetheatre.org

Pipeline Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran. We celebrate difference. Therefore, applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

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Introducing the PlayLab Class of 2019

The Pipeline PlayLab, a year-long series of monthly meetings and workshops, provides a developmental space for playwrights to turn their biggest, wildest ideas into finished plays. Through an extensive application process, we seek out big dreamers who are taking big risks with their plays, we put them all in a room together, we provide structure and support, and we make magic.

This year, the Pipeline artistic team received applications from about 225 playwrights. We then selected 7 outstanding artists to be in residence with us through June 2019. It is with great admiration and excitement that we now introduce our sixth PlayLab class:


Skylar Fox is a playwright/director who makes big, weird, funny/sad plays about the feelings that scare and comfort him at the same time. He also likes to make up dances. Simon Henriques makes strange, funny, sad plays about the stories we turn our lives into as we’re living them.

About the Project: Part play, part participatory focus group, part collective fever dream, Society explores what happens when the silent contracts we make with one another are pushed to extremes. Learn More


When Bees Last Whispered

Sevan K. Greene is an experienced polyglot refugee enculturated in the South with a penchance for being an actor, telling stories about things no one thinks about, and annually watching the extended LOTR films in one sitting.

About the Project: A world-wide one-child policy. A couple expecting twins. A future where the planet is about to collapse. An angel just fell from the sky. And why won’t the bees shut the hell up? Learn More



Sukari Jones writes raw, unflinchingly real stories that are also somehow highly imaginative and otherworldly.

About the Project: Whimsical and terrifying journey into a parallel reality, courtesy of Evil Dr. Excellent: racism is reversed and white people were the slaves. Learn More




Sam Schanwald is a writer and designer who sometimes performs.

About the Project: COOP probes isolation and hunger through a human child’s relationship with his infertile pet chicken. Learn More



The River Becomes a Family

Andrew Siañez-De La O is a Chicanx playwright from El Paso, Texas. His work has focused on the people and politics of the American southwest and the Latinx diaspora.

About the Project: The Ortiz siblings Andrea and Mateo must discover the forgotten history of their family tree in order to repay an old debt to an ancient Aztec god. Learn More



Let’s Hex The President

Kristin Slaney is a playwright/ screenwriter/ singer-songwriter originally from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

About the Project: A coven assembled via Craigslist ad meets monthly to cast spells on the President of the United States– but what starts out as innocuous soon takes a turn for the supernatural. Learn More

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Wherein magic is a metaphor for the queer experience

The world premiere reading of KT Looney’s House of Telescopes is coming to our Week of Extraordinary Risk on Saturday, June 30, 5:30PM. In advance of the reading, we learned more from KT about their play, which is very much inspired by the making of our own creation stories and magic as a metaphor for the queer experience.

Learn more in our interview below and reserve your seat now for House Of Telescopes, June 30, 5:30PM, Jefferson Market Library (425 6th Ave, NYC).

Pipeline Theatre Company: What do you want us to know about your play?
KT Looney: This play is about the families and creation stories we make for ourselves to feel safe.

PTC: When and where did you decide to start writing this play?
KL: A few months after the election on a trip to New Hampshire.

PTC: What’s excites you most about this project?
KL: The magic. I love magic. I initially set out to write an impossible play wherein magic is a metaphor for the queer experience. I had grown accustomed to toning down images or stage directions to make my plays easier to produce. To combat that, I wanted to write a play that didn’t sacrifice metaphor for feasibility. I thank Pipeline PlayLab for encouraging me to do so. Every step of the way, Pipeline said Further.

PTC: In one sentence, tell us something strange that happens in your play.
KL: Three hundred wolves run through the playing space.

PTC: Are you working on anything else?
KL: I’m in the preliminary drafting stages of a new musical (which may involve fourth graders, toxic masculinity, and a pageant). I’m also currently working within Southern Rep’s 4D new play development cohort as a director.

PTC: What’s next for you?
KL: I will be workshopping House of Telescopes this autumn in Magic Time @ Judson.

About House of Telescopes

by KT Looney | directed by Bonnie Jean Gabel
Saturday, June 30, 5:30PM
Jefferson Market Library | 425 6th Ave, NYC
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An estranged witch in Minneapolis has buried herself in a historical opera she’s writing for lost trans-ancestors. Meanwhile, her mother accidentally conjures a homesick demon, her best friend is addicted to martyrdom, and her sister wants to fix everything yesterday.

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When discussions of inequality as a social force became mainstream

The world premiere reading of Rick Burkhardt’s latest project, Five Hundred, is coming to our Week of Extraordinary Risk on July 1, 4:30PM. In advance of the reading, we learned a bit more from Rick about the seeds of inspiration for this new play, which centers on the notion of language as a limited resource.

Learn more in our interview below and reserve your seat now for Five Hundred, July 1, 4:30PM, Jefferson Market Library (425 6th Ave, NYC).

Pipeline Theatre Company: What do you want us to know about your play?
Rick Burkhardt: The play takes place in a world (or a theater) in which each character only has 500 words they can speak.  Initially that doesn’t seem to be a crisis, but pretty soon each character has to develop strategies to avoid speaking, or at least to avoid speaking much.

PTC: When and where did you decide to start writing this play?
RB: It’s been kicking around in my head for years.  I think it dates back at least to Occupy Wall Street days, when discussions of inequality as a social force became mainstream.

PTC: What excites you most about this project?
RB: I like the idea of language as a limited resource — the world of the play makes certain words and phrases seem special just by virtue of the fact that someone who had limited words left decided to speak them at all.  I also, in general, love to avoid too much literalness in a play — and this setup ensures that almost nothing in the play exists only on a literal plane.

PTC: In one sentence, tell us something strange that happens in your play.
RB: There’s a character who tries to deliver an art history lecture without using words.

PTC: Are you working on anything else?
RB: After the next few weeks of working on this script, I’ll be returning to a chamber music piece that’s been wanting attention — it’s a violin sonata in which the violinist is performing a demented TED talk while playing.

PTC: What’s next for you?
RB: I’ll be a resident artist at the Millay Colony for the month of July, and then in August I start rehearsals for Andrew Butler’s concert/musical Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future at Ars Nova (I play a robot accordionist, of course).

About Five Hundred

by Rick Burkhardt | directed by Joshua William Gelb
Sunday, July 1, 4:30PM
Jefferson Market Library | 425 6th Ave, NYC
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In this play, each character may speak only 500 words before falling forever silent. So how can they form relationships, have kids, build legacies, or solve the mystery of the missing painting? And why does that one guy talk so much?

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A play about survival and picking up the pieces after all is lost

The world premiere reading of Jae Kramisen’s Earth is Greedy is coming to our Week of Extraordinary Risk this Friday, June 29, 7PM. In advance of the reading, we learned more from Jae about this grand three part project, and the bear in the woods that inspired her to keep going.

Learn more in our interview below and reserve your seat now for Earth is Greedy, June 29, 7PM, Jefferson Market Library (425 6th Ave, NYC).

Pipeline Theatre Company: What do you want us to know about your play?
Jae Kramisen: Earth is Greedy is the 2nd play in The Moon Trilogy, three plays that explore a world in which the moon explodes in the sky. In 2013, I finished the first play in the series, The Girl Who Stole the Moon. It was inspired by my experience with Hurricane Sandy and I rolled three plays I was writing into one. I didn’t plan to write a trilogy but after finishing The Girl Who Stole the Moon it was clear that the characters and most importantly the world, still had more to say. Several characters from the first play repeat but they’re in different forms. I decided not to have the 3 plays connect but rather explore windows into parallel worlds.

Earth is Greedy explores a world in the wake of natural disaster. This is a play about survival and picking up the pieces after all is lost. Storylines connect and collide as lights and sound create a sensory experience.

PTC: When and where did you decide to start writing this play?
JK: Earth is Greedy has been with me for well over 4 years now and it feels like a long love story. After completing The Girl Who Stole the Moon, I immediately wrote what was the original first 60 pages of Earth is Greedy. Then I hit a wall. My characters were in the woods but I had no idea what they were doing or what they wanted. I started meditating and one night I had a vivid and clear dream that told me I was to hike the Appalachian Trail. I had never considered it before that. After all, I was a city kid. But three months later I quit my job and spent 6 months hiking the 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. By the 3rd day I was given the trail name of “Scribbles” as I chronicled my journey. My characters were taking shape. The world was getting clearer.

On my 30th birthday, while I was hiking through the Shenandoahs in Northern Virginia a black bear jumped out in front of me. It was the most frightening moment in my life. The bear stared me down, kicked up dirt and growled, and in that moment I thought “Shit, I didn’t finish Earth is Greedy!” I pledged that if I got out alive from that bear encounter that I was damn well gonna finish this play. After finishing the trail and returning to NYC, I ended up writing 3 other plays but I know now I had to write those to prep myself for this project. I’d always come back to Earth is Greedy but because the play had been written with such time gaps it was fragmented. I had written well over 300 pages and I knew I needed a way to focus in. This was going to be a big play with a big world and I needed a place that could let me imagine it all. I knew Pipeline was the place for Earth is Greedy to be fully realized. Scrapping everything and starting fresh, I quickly realized that the play I had set out to write 4 years ago was no longer the play I wanted to write now. Most importantly this play set my life on a different path, and after hiking the trail I’ve never been the same. 

PTC: What excites you most about this project? 
JK: It’s an exciting world! There’s so much happening. The world’s on fire. The moon’s exploded. It’s fierce and action-driven and I’m really excited to see it on its feet! I love the characters. They’ve all become so clear and since they’ve been with me so long I feel like they’ve slowly revealed themselves to me. There’s so much more I want to explore. I’m beginning to think this may be a book.

PTC: In one sentence, tell us something strange that happens in your play. 
JK: The moon explodes apart in the sky – and that’s just the beginning.

PTC: Are you working on anything else? 
JK: This play has been quite the baby. I’ve focused on this one and I think I’ll keep working on it for a little while.

PTC: What’s next for you?
JK: Continuing to build my healing practice, Urban Gaia, and working on a rewrite of my shaman-centered play, In Search of Glory. And maybe another draft of Earth is Greedy.

About Earth is Greedy

by Jae Kramisen | directed by Tara Elliott
Friday, June 29, 7PM
Jefferson Market Library | 425 6th Ave
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The Moon explodes apart in the sky. Fire and flood ensue as a strange disease begins to spread. The lives of three women haunted by trauma intersect as reality and nightmare collide. Who can you trust when the world is on fire?

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