writer | composer | performer | sometimes visual artist
Jay Eddy earned her MA in Music Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London. Recently, she was named a Playwriting/Screenwriting Fellow by The New York Foundation for the Arts, and, in summer 2019, she will be a composer-in-residence at Yaddo. The twin polestars of her work are violence against womxn and disability.
Her work as a generative artist has been called, “a rasping hoot…coarse, abrasive and a little bit brilliant,“and “a joy to listen to…a beautiful tapestry of sound.” Works-in-progress include: The Girl from Bare Cove, a folk opera based on her own experience as a survivor of sexual violence; a rock show about doomed love, suicide, and selling your soul to the devil called 28; and Block, a ballad play—very loosely based on Hamlet—about three ‘Off the Derech’ Jews returning to their Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhood, featuring a mix of original music and reimagined Yiddish folk songs.
She is also at work on her second solo album, Tell Me How Old I Am: a folktronica/pop record digging into the aftershocks of sexual violence, the little earthquakes disrupting a lifetime of personal relationships, physical and mental health, and a survivor’s sense of self.
Recent roles include: Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Lyric Hall, Sybil in Private Lives at Legacy Theatre, and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion at Legacy Theatre. OnStage called her performance in Cabaret, “magnetic, feral and heartbreaking...fresh and unique, all wide eyes and exposed nerve. She’s Kate McKinnon on a cocaine bender. She’s a revelation,” and the New Haven Independent said, “Jay Eddy as Sally Bowles brings down the house.”