SMJ's work, including full-length, one-acts, and ten minute plays, have been seen and heard at New Light Theater Project Darkroom 13, Access Theater, Kraine Theater, Theatre at St. Clement's, Hudson Guild Theater, WorkShop Theaters, People’s Improv Theater, Blue Gene's Pub, Otterbein University, and ThePlace@TheWoodward (in Mount Vernon, OH).
SMJ has been a Resident Artist at Access Theater (2017-2018) as well as at the Dragon's Egg Studio (Summer 2018). They also completed an Independent Writing Residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in February 2018.
The Command Center Outside Angel Grove, California
Red can’t read. Green isn’t in control. Pink is caught in the middle. Blue won’t give an inch. Yellow is too nice. Black is talking to a glass tube. For thirty days, six women live and train inside an isolated Command Center for a highly-anticipated reboot of the Power Rangers. In this toxic environment, who will the power protect?
Book & lyrics - SMJ / Music - Sarah flaim
Catherine, the talented principal dancer at ABT with the weight of the world on her shoulders, and Shawn, a non-binary, overweight mime with gender identity and self-esteem issues, as well as their Inner Selves, are thrust into each other’s lives after an insane audition. Despite the bombardment of mime, ballet, combat, slapstick, music, and an always-changing and invasive ensemble, At the Barre focuses on how one finds their beauty and finds a genuine connection in a cluttered and overly talkative world.
Stacy's first two years at Boston University were educational. Stacy arrives for her junior year and she finally has a single room. On move-in day, her RA turns out to be her former roommate of two years, Mia, who is also her ex-girlfriend. Stacy soon realizes that her room is a shrine to Mia and she is forced to relive the relationship, the consequences of being friends with benefits, and the long-winding journey to accepting her sexuality. Periastron is just like college: funny, frustrating, painful, and a reminder that some things are best left in boxes.
Abigail is a prisoner of war who copes with the harsh realities of her life by escaping into another world that she has created for herself. She creates a group of abandoned women who have crash landed in Limbo, led by her surrogate, Audrey. Their fears and morals are put to the test when a charismatic stranger, Emma, joins their group. As tension rises, Abigail soon realizes that this world isn't that different from her own reality. Utilizing text from professional wrestling promos and Lord of the Flies, Not the Truth We Seek examines the multiple personalities we have within our self.
Based on real-life experiences and teenage TV dramas, The Average High School Play follows a new drama teacher in an Ohio high school desperately trying to maintain order of the cast and crew of his first production ever: Romeo and Juliet. He must deal with two mean girls trying to get him fired, a love story gone wrong, the typical high school acting, someone potentially using drugs, stage fright, a clumsy stage crew, and a principal who will not accept failure. Oh, and he only has three weeks to do the thing.
Not the Truth We Seek was selected and awarded Distinction, 2017.
Dramaturgy/Playwriting/Devised Theater/Theatre History: Dr. Jessie Glover
National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
Devised Theater: Rachel Jett, The Debate Society (Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, Oliver Butler), David Jaffe, Elizabeth Hess, Greg Allen
Professional Development: Lexy Leuszler
Paula Vogel at the Vineyard Theater, The Debate Society at Playwrights Horizons