jitterbug and the aftermath

Created by Donna Costello and Jennifer Sargent



JENNIFER SARGENT is a New Orleans-based physical actor, creator of devised work, and the Director of theater company Vagabond Inventions. In 2014, after 10 years in New York City, Jennifer and her company relocated to New Orleans, drawn to the city’s fertile ground for adventurous, experimental performance. Jennifer’s physical work, described as “Beckett-meets-Fellini” by the Montreal Gazette, explores worlds in disequilibrium. Jennifer recently directed/ devised Vagabond Inventions’ production, A Kingdom, A Chasm, called “a haunting look at how we process our own traumas, and the traumas we inflict on each other” by New Orleans’ Pelican Bomb. Altogether, Jennifer has originated and co-devised nine shows and many short pieces that have performed across the US and in seven different countries, all through ensemble-based collaboration. Jennifer has also worked as an actor, coach, or director with numerous experimental companies including PearlDamour, Goat in the Road Productions, Trusty Sidekick, and SaBooge Theater. In NYC, she has performed devised work at leading experimental venues including The Chocolate Factory, HERE, Abrons Arts Center, The Brick Theater, and The Bushwick Starr. She completed the 2-year training program at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She is a 2016 Network of Ensemble Theaters fellow.

DONNA COSTELLO, described by the New York Times as an “impressively committed dance actor,” is a dance artist who creates,  teaches and performs in process-driven work that blurs the lines of dance, theater, performance and the conventions that surround these art forms.  As an independent dancer, she has created longstanding relationships with choreographers : jill sigman / thinkdance, Vicky Shick & dancers, Shannon Hummel / Cora Dance (founding member), Jimena Paz,  Carrie Ahern, longtime teacher Barbara Mahler and many more.  In addition, she has engaged her versatility as a performer in projects with visual artist - Nick Cave, Immersive theater maker-Kelly Bartnik, composer-Anne Hege, site-specific choreographer-Stephan Koplowitz, filmmaker- Anna Brady Nuse, theater groups - the human company and Vagabond Inventions and as a rehearsal assistant for Rebecca Davis.  Her own work has been performed at chashama's Anita's Way, FringeNYC, Movement Research at Judson Church, Gibney Dance Center,  Dance Conversations at the flea theater, Green Space, Wow Café, Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (Space Grant 2011), SWEAT dance series and at Performatica in Mexico.  She has collaborated with Jennifer Sargent since 2012.  

Supported by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant


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