Jules Corriere is a playwright and theater director with Community Performance, International She recently located to Jonesborough to take on the role of Outreach Programming Director for the Town’s new comprehensive, multi-generational Mary B. Martin program for the Arts. She is also engaged with Mountain States Health Alliance, the region’s largest Hospital Group, on storytelling initiatives within their programming.
She has written forty plays based on stories from ordinary people in communities across the country and abroad. Her production The Whole World Gets Well, in collaboration with nursing students at Loyola University, was performed by Chicago theater company Scrap Mettle SOUL. This production won the Presidential Points of Light Award and toured in London and Edinburgh at the request of UK Minister of Health Hazel Blears, who viewed the large production as an holistic approach to community well-being.
While in London, the cast performed before several members of Parliament, and participated in a special post-production dialogue with them. Her play Um Caminho Sobre O Muro, or A Way Through the Wall, was translated into Portuguese and performed in Rio de Janeiro, as a project to help reduce child initiation into the drug cartels in Rio’s notorious favela, Providencia.
The play was also used as an instrument to reinstate needed social programs in the favela, which saw success within six months after the production. This same favela, once known for rampant crime and occupation by drug cartel Commando Vermehlo, is now a leading example of a neighborhood using arts to transform its economy and raise its quality of life, and will serve as a tourism point during the Olympic Games. Jules also writes and directs a monthly story-based radio show in Jonesborough, Tennessee, now in its fifth year.
The program airs on NPR station WETS 89.5 FM. Other playwright credits include Let My People Go! A Spiritual Journey, which performed at the Kennedy Center, and Turn the Wash Pot Down in Union, SC, featured in People Magazine and named by the state legislature as their First Official Folk Life Play. American Theatre magazine said of this play, “Even if Turn the Washpot Down doesn’t save Union’s life, it has already saved its soul.” This year marks the tenth anniversary of Jules appearing in Who’s Who for her work in the field of Theater Arts and Social Activism.