About Jean Strong

About Process Design

Process design is not primarily focused on the final product but on the making of the thing.  The focus is on the  concept and the method of development. The why of it, the how of it, the unexpected developments of it through change, time and experiment is as important as what results.

It's about the experience of the creative team as much as it is for the audience member or client or end user.  And guess what? Because you didn't focus on the result but on the process, the performance or event or product is better for it. Any irregularities,  flaws, or happy accidents end up to be a delight not a failure because the structure you built with the  day-to-day joy of doing is structurally sound. When you create and build with this method, the empathy and joy you bring to it is imbued into what you are creating.

The relationship between the artists and audience or client should be transparent and engage EVERYONE as participants  in the making. In the end, it is about all of us and how we are all connected. We use art and product and performance to connect with other people whether to inspire or delight or teach or sooth or help.

This all sounds quite serious but it is serious fun where, yes, finally,  everyday life is art and we can share our art and pass this process on to others.

The Original Process Art Movement first began in the 1960s and has roots in Dada, performance art, and improvisational theatre and dance.

 

 

 

 

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I was an associate producer of the 2011 Off-Broadway production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob at the Soho Playhouse,  a producer of films Memorial Day directed by Oscar-nominated Josh Fox, and Candy Stripers, directed by Kate Robbins. I have composed music for independent films and has a published short story in the anthology, “Lost and Found in New York”, WW Norton. I am the composer & lyricist of three musical theatre pieces, Domestic Bliss, The Absolutely True Adventures of the Taylor Twins, and John Walker: The Musical.

I have led digital marketing campaigns  for many Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including Cry-Baby, Grey Gardens, 33 Variations, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Eve Ensler’s The Good Body, Looped, A Bronx Tale, The Story of My Life, Mimi Le Duck, Million Dollar Quartet, Back to Bacharach,  Long Story Short, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Fuerza Bruta. (And that's the short list!)

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Jean Strong is a multi-disciplined artist.She has worked on new media projects for FilmColumbia, a 5-day international film festival, and for Broadway productions of Fuerza Bruta, Cry-Baby, A Bronx Tale, American BuffaloandGrey Gardensamong many others. These multimedia projects includeoriginal video and musicfor the web, web design, online social mediaprojectsandother interactive visual and sound elements to move live theatrical performance and independent film into the web world in innovative ways to engage new international audiences. Jean’sstory "Dead Rat Walking" was included in Lost and Found: Stories from New Yorka WW. Norton Anthology of Non-Fiction Short Stories published in June 2010. Jean Strongis also the co-creator of John Walker: The Musicalpreformed at the New York International Fringe Festival (2004) and reviewed by the New York Times, Time Out New YorkandEl Pais, and mentioned on CNN and NY Post as relevant to New York artists' response to the war on terror. The New York Timesdescribed the music as "spiritedand charismatic" and NYTheatre reviewed the show as a "darkly funny, surprisingly thoughtful satire with a bold moving score." She is the composer and co-lyricist of The Absolutely True Adventures of the Taylor Twins, a black comedy about child abuse, murder and revenge, which received a staged reading in January 2011 at Smash Studios in New York City. Jean also wrote the book, music and lyrics to "Domestic Bliss" a musical theatre piece produced by an all-volunteer arts group and is currently available on Netflix and Amazon on Demand. Jon Gilbert Leavitt of Radio Stonewall wrote, " What do you get when you cross Jerry Herman and John Waters? You get Walter Prince as Miss Leanne du Fontaine singing the title track from Jean Strong's "Domestic Bliss". This is “Female Trouble” meets “Mame” or Neely O'Hara's production of “Pink Flamingos”. This is funny stuff." As a co-founder of Bay Bridge Productions, Jean produced plays and films including “Memorial Day” by Josh Fox, Up for Anythingby Marc Spitz, How Love is Spelt by Chloe Moss (as part of the 2005 NY Summer Play Festival), and Street Lightsperformed at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. (2010 NYMF) Jean Strong has a degree in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Maryland (1990) with a Creative Writing Minor. She studied with scholarships from the Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts, a matching University of Maryland Arts Scholarship and the Dawn B. Sisas Scholarship for Creative Writing.

 

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PREFACE
I have lived in and slogged through most of the Northeast--Baltimore, Washington DC, Boston, and ( Japan?!)-- and now I am in New York City. Here's a list of the places I have lived. All along the way I have been writing and recording music, working on no-budget film projects, and working for money. I had prior to 96 (think before the internet boom). I've had more than 50 jobs and am not done yet. Right now, I do contract UX work. I am also working on a cartoon pilot with Rob Zammarchi. John Walker Lindh: Then Musical is opening off-off-off Broadway in November 2004. (wriiten by me and John McCloskey)