Jack Novak

Jack believes in telling good stories and in creating powerful and intriguing theatrical moments. He also acknowledges the realities of his role as a Playwright—the Playwright is just one part of a collaborative process. Jack also believes playwrights have a responsibility to fellow theatre artists and to audiences—to listen to them, challenge them, and meet them where they are.

Jack first studied Playwriting under Laura Schellhardt at Northwestern University. He went on to win the annual Agnes Nixon Playwriting Contest with his piece, A Decade of Wandering—a cycle of five short plays inspired by folklore. Jack's play The Great Lieutenant Sprinkle Didn’t Save Me—which also touches on the mythical—was developed and produced by Field Trip Theatre, after originating as a ten-minute play in Rorschach Theatre's Klecksography festival. The script was called "intriguing" and even "ingenious" by DC Metro Theatre Arts.


Jack's created works also extend into the territory of devising, having worked with performance/visual artist Jane-Claire Remick and bassist/composer Ethan Foote to create the piece Fox Cried, which was originally produced as a part of the 2013 Source festival. Of that piece, DC Theatre Scene said "[It] tells a story. A hell of a story. It tells our story – the story of the dreaming human heart, obscure, bloody, and full of remorse."

Jack's other works include the TYA piece Journeying Jack, plays for young actors Interface and Fanatics, and numerous short plays. Jack creates work that is relevant and engaging, but also producible and marketable to a broad audience, while leaving room for the artistic inspiration of collaborators.

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