Janet (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). Virtual projects include: Jewish Plays Project 2020 and 2021 (Editor/Sound Designer), Motherfucker With The Hat (Editor/Sound Designer; Denizen's Theatre Company), Pangea by Scott Sickles (Director/Editor/Composer/Producer). Select New York credits include world premieres of The Dark and Our Fantasia by John Patrick Shanley (Director), A Measure Of Doubt by Paul Schwartz (Director), ray gun say0nara by Steven Mark Tenney (Directing/Co-Video Design; NFTC), (a)loft modulation by Jaymes Jorsling (Asst. Sound Design; the american vicarious/Off Broadway), Round Went The Wheel by Frank Ceruzzi (Director/Composer; Theatre Row), Basement by Michael Hagins (Director/Producer), Guns And Ammunition (Writer; The Kraine), Friendly's Fire by John Patrick Bray (Composer/Sound Designer; Rising Sun), Detroit '67 by Dominique Morriseau (Sound Designer; CUNY), Experimenting With Katz by David Adam Gill (Sound Designer; NATC), Horse (Director/Writer; The Flamboyan), Brooklyn (Cain's Adventure) by Mario Fratti (Director), Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter (Director/Scenic Designer; Medicine Show), Lila On the Wall by Edward Allen Baker (Director), Abu Casem’s Slippers by August Strindberg (Director), The Troubadour Struck By Lightning by Ed Malin (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). Regional directing credits include As You Like It, The Pillowman, Baal, The Woman From the Sea, Time on Fire, Parallel Lives, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Randy Noojin’s The Knife Trick. Film Upcoming: Delicacy by Bruce Jones (Director/Editor). Film/TV: Stage Left: A digital documentary series about theatre (Director/Editor/DP/Sound). Janet has served as venue director for FringeNYC, venue manager & technical director for the 2019 SoFi Festival, and producing director at T. Schreiber Studio. Janet is a member of Nylon Fusion Theatre Company (NFTC), New York Madness, and New Ambassadors Theatre Co (NATC). They are listed in Parity Productions Online Database. Janet is co-artistic director and founding partner at Roly Poly Productions.
The End of Hester (Sound Designer), Calendar Girl (Director), Brecht: Call & Respond (Sound Designer), Everything is Super Great (Sound Designer), Life x 3 (Composer/Sound Designer)
"Composer Janet 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."
Brecht: Call & Respond
Sound Designer, 2020
Everything is Super Great
Sound Designer, 2019
Life x 3
Sound Designer, 2018