Jennifer M. Ortega, Artistic Director, founded Monarch so that new plays and innovative plays and playwrights would get produced.
A native of San Antonio , Texas , Jennifer graduated from Hunter College with a BFA degree in Theater and Film and holds a MFA degree in theater arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Ms. Ortega has worked with Susan Tubert of TeatroStageFest , John Jesurun , Migdalia Cruz , Mario Bosquez , Troy Diana , Piia Mustamaki , Christopher Oscar Pena and many others.
Her directing credits include: DREAMS OF HOME , FUR and WHISTLE by Migdalia Cruz , STORIA , South Hill Park ,Berkshire ,England , Midtown International Theater Festival , PRINCESS SUPERSTAR WORLD TOUR ,London , THREE DICKS , Dixon Place and Martin Segal Theater , CUNY Graduate School , VIEW FROM THE END OF TIME radio play via podcast , SHELTER radio play via podcast , LOS DUENDES , Henry Street Settlement , FUR at Edinburgh Fringe Festival , LUPE VELEZ STORY , PINK ARMADA , FALANGA , MY DEAR ONE , (IN)COMPLETE WOMAN or DISSECTED DETECTIVE STORY Center Stage NYC , PLANET OF THREE PEOPLE at New York International Fringe Festival , performance piece THORN the Lesbian Theater Festival, NYC.
In 2001 , Monarch took Migdalia Cruz’s play , FUR , to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The production was very well received. Inspired by Cruz’s work , Monarch is planning to stage a series of her plays in the coming years. Recently , Monarch has concentrated on shorter works , which have been collaborations with artistic associates Curtis Curtis , Troy Diana , Piia Mustamäki and Julie Troost. With Curtis Curtis as the sound designer , Monarch has created a series of new ten-minute podcast radio plays , which are available for downloading on this website. In 2005 , Monarch Theater Company moved into an office at The Players Theater on 115 McDougal St. in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. Jennifer has served on the boards of El Puente for Peace and Justice , New Yorkers for Parks , Figure Skating of Harlem and the Hip Hop Theater Festival.
The mission of MONARCH THEATER COMPANY NY is to work with artists from different disciplines to create a laboratory for new work in collaboration with those who challenge the political and theatrical status quo. We are dedicated to staging contemporary theater that challenges and excites the creators and audience alike.
Our interest in a diversity of texts has led to the creation of not only stage plays but movement based pieces , puppet shows , podcasts , media and radio plays. We are a New York-based not-for-profit group founded in 1997.
Monarch’s Artistic Associates
Piia Mustamäki has worked with Monarch from its inception. She met Jennifer Ortega at Hunter College , where they collaborated on several pieces. Monarch has produced two of her plays , Planet of Three People and (In)Complete Woman. She received an MFA degree in theater from Bristol University and a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University. Piia was the assistant director for Monarch’s production of Migdalia Cruz’s FUR. Currently she collaborates with Monarch as the MONDAYS AT MONARCH program coordinator. She also writes lyrics and plays bass in the band 52 Boyfriends. She currently teaches theater theory at Barnard College and writing at NYU.
Julie Troost graduated from Northwestern University , where she studied theater , dance and psychology. She has studied extensively with Mary Zimmerman , Billy Siegenfeld , Jennifer Nugent , and Brian Jeffery. Continued studies include viewpoints , Suzuki , Klein , Alexander , improvisation , and contact improvisation. As a dancer , Julie has performed for Jennifer Nugent, Billy Siegenfeld, Rebecca Lazier, Ann Robideaux, Alexx Shilling, and Jessica Reese-Dessner. Julie has appeared in numerous modern dance and theater productions in NYC and Chicago. The Sun is Over the Yardarm on Pier 63’s Frying Pan. Congregation was shown at P.S. 122 as part of the GoTour RoadShow. A Field Artist Residency Showing Grant showcased the same piece in the second phase of its development. Resident artist at Harold Arts , Workspace for Choreographers through Artward Bound, and at Outpost in the Cuts and Burns program. Her recent work for Monarch includes The Interim in collaboration with her brother Scott Troost.
Curtis Curtis is a music producer in New York City. The Vertical Corporation , his music production facility , has hosted a wide range of musical artists , including rapper and DJ Princess Superstar and members of Arrested Development. His work in the arts also extends to theatre where Curtis has written original music and worked on sound design for productions in New York City and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Curtis also serves on the boards of the Patriots Theater in Trenton , NJ and The Blue Curtain Foundation (www.bluecurtain.org) , a group for the support and promotion of free concerts in the central New Jersey Area. For more information, wwww.curtiscurtis.com