Brooke O'Harra

Philadelphia, PA

Brooke O’Harra co-founded The Theater of a Two-headed Calf. O’Harra developed and directed all 14 of Two-headed Calf’s productions including the OBIE Award winning Drum of the Waves of Horikawa (2007 HERE), It Cannot Be Called Our Mother but Our Graves a.k.a Macbeth (Soho Rep Lab 2008/9), Trifles (Ontological Hysteric Incubator 2010), and the opera project You, My Mother (2012 La Mama ETC, 2013, River to River Festival).

O’Harra conceived, directed, wrote for, and performed in the Dyke Division’s live serial Room for Cream (Four seasons -- 28 episodes) at La Mama, ETC 2008-10 and at the New Museum 2017. Brooke created a version of that work with a collective of radical queer activists in Istanbul, Turkey, which premiered in conjunction with the Istanbul Biennial 2011.

O’Harra produced and directed the serial drama, And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid by Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez at The Kitchen, NYC, 2016. For several years she has been creating and performing a nine-part directing/performance project, I am Bleeding All Over the Place: Studies in directing or nine encounters between me and you. The fourth part of I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: A Living History Tour was performed at La Mama ETC in June 2016. Brooke is also the co-creator of a collaborative performance with artist Sharon Hayes called Time PassesTime Passes is an 8-hour performance that uses the book-on-tape recording of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse as its spine. She is currently creating a new opera with ensemble Yarn/Wire and poet Ross Gay titled “We’ll start with our eyes closed.”

O’Harra’s work has been supported by numerous awards, grants and residencies including several NYSCA grants, a Franklin Furnace performing artists award, an Art Matters grant, the NEA/TCG Directors program, The Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency grant., an OBIE award grant, a residency at The Performing Garage, an LMCC space grant and a Doris Duke Impact Award.