An Octoroon

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
directed by Joanna Settle
March 16, 2016April 10, 2016

Meet the Artists


Aaron Bell • Brer Rabbit/Captain Ratts
Jaylene Clark Owens • Minnie
James Ijames • BJJ
Justin Jain • Assistant/Pete/Paul
Alina John • Grace
Maggie Johnson • Dora
Ed Swidey • Playwright/Wahnotee/LaFouche

Production Team

Matt Saunders • Set Designer
Tilly Grimes • Costume Designer
Thom Weaver • Lighting Designer
Zachary Beattie-Brown • Sound Designer
Ayo Jackson • Choreographer
Nell Bang-Jensen • Dramaturg/Casting Director
Patreshettarlini Adams • Stage Manager
Ayo Jackson

Ayo Janeen Jackson received her BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a former member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Ballet Preljocaj, and the original cast of Spider-Man on Broadway. Her choreography has been presented at New York venues such as PS122, Harlem Stage, and DTW. Ayo received both a Chris Hellman Award and a Special Project Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation. Jackson danced for the French pop star Mylène Farmer; and worked with Julie Taymor on the movie Across the Universe and Grendel, an opera. Jackson worked on Super Fly, the musical, (dir. Bill T. Jones) as the associate choreographer; the film Black Nativity, directed by Kasi Lemmons; Anna Nicole, the opera; and episodes of Boardwalk Empire and The Knick. Ayo was the associate choreographer for the 2015 Presidential Scholars at the Kennedy Center.