JAG Productions was formed with the mission to produce classic and contemporary African-American theatre; to serve as an incubator of new work that excites broad intellectual engagement; and thereby, to catalyze compassion, empathy, love, and community through shared understandings of the humankind through the lens of the African-American experience.
In each production we are committed to the following:
Selecting excellent work
Attracting exceptional, diverse actors to the Upper Valley
Engaging and shifting the community
"In this contemporary moment where we are constantly being made aware of the deep divisions that keep us segregated & siloed from people who do act, think, talk or look like us - it is crucial NOW more than ever that we build, encourage & support theaters that reflect the diversity our nation and our world. Our stories desperately need to be told."
~Producing Artistic Director, Jarvis A. Green
NETC Regional Award acceptance speech, Hartford, CT
JAG Productions is led by Producing Artistic Director, Jarvis Antonio Green. Founded in 2016, JAG Productions' closed its inaugural season with an enormous honor: as the 2017 recipient of the New England Theatre Conference's (NETC) Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre. Having successfully brought Broadway and TV actors and world-class designers to Upper Valley stages, JAG Productions has bright future ahead.
The first season was met with rave reviews for it's three Vermont Premiers! The first production was Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy, a music-filled coming of age story set in an elite prep school for young black men. The show was staged at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, VT. The second production was Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, a musical inspired by Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine. The Inaugural season concluded with August Wilson’s Fences, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama exploring the evolving African-American experience on the brink of the Civil Rights Movement. Both shows from the second half of the season were produced at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.
Beyond the mainstage productions, JAG was able to offer a number of community outreach programs. One such program was a student matinee program, which provides local middle and high school students with the opportunity to see JAG's productions for free. Over 600 students from all over the region attended our performances. The company also launched JAGFest, an annual festival of new works celebrating the talents of African-American playwrights. The festival was presented in multiple venues around Woodstock and Pomfret, VT. Finally, JAG has hosted talkbacks after performances with guest speakers from Cornell University and Dartmouth College.
JAG Productions sees itself as playing a role in bringing diverse actors and stories to the stage and to the Upper Valley. The staging of Fences was the initial production of a 10-year commitment to staging The American Century Cycle, August Wilson’s series of ten plays charting the African American experience through the twentieth century.
ABOUT PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, JARVIS ANTONIO GREEN
Jarvis Antonio Green (Director) moved from New York City to the Upper Valley in 2011 and founded BarnArts Center for the Arts in Barnard, VT. He then became the Director of Theatre Arts for ArtisTree Community Arts Center located outside of beautiful Woodstock, VT. In 2015, Jarvis became the founding Producing Artistic Director of JAG Productions with the mission to produce classic, contemporary and new theatre through the lens of the African-American experience. Jarvis received his training at the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, Anderson University and South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts. Directing credits include: Choir Boy, Fences (JAG Productions), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Fiddler on the Roof (ArtisTree Theatre Company), The 39 Steps, Master Class, Porgy and Bess in Concert, Oliver!, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors (BarnArts Center for the Arts), Seussical the Musical (NCCT). As an actor, he has enjoyed an extensive career on the stage in My Heart is the Drum (World Premiere), Once On This Island, The Who’s Tommy (Village Theatre), Twelfth Night (RAW Shakespeare Company), Our Town, Clybourne Park, Twelve Angry Men (Northern Stage), The Wizard of Oz, Pirates of Penzance (Pentangle Arts), Ragtime (New London Barn Playhouse), Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, A New Brain (Capital Playhouse), Smokey Joe’s Café (Bellevue Civic Theatre), The Buddy Holly Story (5th Ave Theatre), Stardust (Harlequin Playhouse), The Play’s The Thing, Black Nativity, Our Town (Intiman Theatre).