Jan (they/them/theirs) is a director, dramaturg, writer, actor, film editor, sound designer, and composer. They hold an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Iowa, a BA in theatre from the University of South Florida. International debut: The Waiting Room (Co-Director/Sound Designer/Deviser; Ashtar Theatre - Ramallah, Palestine & Co-op Theatre East, NYC). Select New York credits: world premieres of The Dark and Our Fantasia by John Patrick Shanley (Director), (a)loft modulation by Jaymes Jorsling (Asst. Sound Design), Horse (Director/Writer; The Flamboyan), Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter (Director/Scenic Designer; Medicine Show), Abu Casem’s Slippers by August Strindberg (Director), Blankets and Bedtime: 3 Restless Plays by Erik Champney (Director/Producer), After Tartuffe by Judy Klass (Director), The Addicts by Ed Malin (Director), The Big Funk by John Patrick Shanley (Live Original Music; NFTC), Incendiary Agents by Jack Karp (Dramaturg/SM; NFTC), "This Round's On Us" (Director/Writer; NFTC – since 2013), and Coventry Carol by James McLindon (Emerging Artists Theatre). Film/TV: Stage Left: A digital documentary series about theatre (Director/Editor/DP/Sound). Janet is a member of Nylon Fusion Theatre Company (NFTC), New York Madness, and New Ambassadors Theatre Co (NATC). Janet is co-artistic director and founding partner at Roly Poly Productions.
The Greatest Hits Down Route 66 (Sound Designer), War Words (co-Sound Designer), The Lights Are On (Sound Designer), Friends With Amenities (Sound Designer), According to the Chorus (co-Sound Designer), The End of Hester (co-Sound Designer), Calendar Girl (Director), Brecht: Call & Respond (Sound Designer), Everything is Super Great (Sound Designer), Life x 3 (Composer/Sound Designer)
"Composer Jan Bentley has provided ethereal, jazzy music which, at times, veers off in a direction dictated by the mathematical constant "e" (an irrational and transcendental number used in logarithmic and exponential functions). In layman's terms e, or 2.718281828459045..., when interpreted on a C-major diatonic scale, is the central theme of the score."
- Theatre Is Easy (Life x 3, 2018)
Brecht: Call & Respond
Sound Designer, 2020
Everything is Super Great
Sound Designer, 2019
Life x 3
Sound Designer, 2018