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 as well as the Lecoq School’s scenography program (L.E.M.)  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 immersed 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 including : jill sigman / thinkdance, Vicky Shick & dancers, Shannon Hummel / Cora Dance (founding member), Jimena Paz, and Carrie Ahern.  In addition, she has engaged her versatility as a performer in projects with composer-Anne Hege, site-specific choreographer-Stephan Koplowitz, filmmaker- Anna Brady Nuse, theater group - the human company and longtime teacher- Barbara Mahler.  She is recently perfomred in a new episodic immersive theater project, HERE, created by Kelly Bartnik.  Her own work has been performed at FringeNYC, Movement Research at Judson Church, 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.  Her latest group work, same SAME, was shown at Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research at Judson Church and presented at chashama’s Anita’s Way, a public passageway off of Times Square in 2016.