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James & Jerome (James Harrison Monaco and Jerome Ellis) are a duo of musician-storytellers based in New York. They make hyper-literary, live-music story performances for theaters and other spaces. Their work has been presented by Lincoln Center Education, La MaMa, the Under The Radar Festival, Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, Ars Nova, and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, among others. They often collaborate with directors Rachel Chavkin, Andrew Scoville, and Annie Tippe. Recent James & Jerome projects include: Piano Tales (La MaMa, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Education, etc.), Ink (The Brick, BRIC Arts Media), Aaron/Marie (Under The Radar Festival, Ars Nova), and They Ran and Ran and Ran (HERE Arts). They have developed their work at residences with The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and BRIC Arts Media, and they were members of the Public Theater's inaugural Devised Theater Working Group.

Individual bios:

Jerome Ellis is an Afro-Caribbean composer, improviser, and theater artist living in New York City. Mr. Ellis' music has been presented by institutions like Lincoln Center Education, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, WKCR, and Joe's Pub. As a composer Mr. Ellis was awarded a 2015 Fulbright Fellowship to research traditional samba performance and write new music in Salvador, Brazil. There he performed with local musicians at Teatro Gamboa Nova and Feminaria Musical at the Federal University of Bahia. Mr. Ellis is one half of the music-storytelling duo James & Jerome. Their works have been directed by Rachel Chavkin, Annie Tippe, and Andrew Scoville. Recent James & Jerome projects include: Piano Tales (La MaMa, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Education, etc.), Ink (The Brick, BRIC Arts Media), Aaron/Marie (Under The Radar Festival, Ars Nova), and They Ran and Ran and Ran (HERE Arts). James & Jerome were members of the Public Theater's inaugural Devised Theater Working Group. Mr. Ellis has been granted residencies with The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and BRIC Arts Media. From 2008 to 2011, he was resident composer and saxophonist with jazz pianist Trudy Silver at 5C Cafe and Cultural Center in New York City. As a jazz saxophonist, he has performed with Joseph Daley, Aaron Scott, and Shayna Dulberger. He is also a piano technician and a translator from Portuguese. jeromeellis.com

James Harrison Monaco is a storyteller, writer, and musician. He is one half of the music-storytelling duo James & Jerome. His shows are frequently directed by Rachel Chavkin, Andrew Scoville, and Annie Tippe. Recent James & Jerome projects include: Piano Tales (La MaMa, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center Education, etc.), Ink (The Brick, BRIC Arts Media), Aaron/Marie (Under The Radar Festival, Ars Nova), and They Ran and Ran and Ran (HERE Arts). Recent solo storytelling projects include Tales for Telling (Ars Nova), and Reception (HERE Arts, The New Ohio). He co-wrote, performed in, and co-composed the music for Love Machine(Incubator Arts), and he is a collaborator on Reconstruction (Still Working but the Devil Might Be Inside), an upcoming project by The TEAM. Recent dramaturgy work includes: Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet (The Bushwick Starr, The McKittrick Hotel, etc.) and Howard Fishman’s A Star Has Burnt My Eye (BAM, The Brick, etc.). He has been granted residencies with The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and BRIC Arts Media. He has studied and worked in the USA, Ghana, and Spain. He also works as a fiction writer, percussionist, and translator from Spanish and Italian

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