Jody Drezner Alperin
Jody Drezner Alperin. Jody Drezner Alperin is the co-founder, along with Vicky Finney Crouch, and Artistic Director of Off The Page, an arts education and theatre company. Off The Page works with young people in and outside of school, exploring issues they are most passionate about and creating new works of theatre with them and for them.They collaborated with playwright Finnegan Kruckemeyer and youth artists, many of them immigrants themselves, to create A Song To Bring You Home, a story of migrants from ten different places in the world through time, including a space alien from the future. Their adaptation of All American Boys has been staged as an immersive, promenade production in a Brooklyn middle school, as a reading in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA, as a radio play at New York Public Radio, and as the opening performance of the TYA/USA National Festival & Conference, produced by The Alliance Theatre. Currently, they are developing the adaptation of Kip Wilson's White Rose, the true story of student resistance in 1940s Germany when Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans, and their university friends wrote and distributed treasonous leaflets, urging their fellow Germans to resist the Nazi regime. Together, Jody and Vicky are recipients of multiple grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Chipstone Foundation shatterCABINET, and are 2019-20 New Victory LabWorks Artists. Jody has been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities on using arts education methods in the classroom and a presenter at conferences across the country. She is also an organizer and activist. Jody is a graduate of Northwestern University in theatre and has been seen as an actor on stages all over the US. Jody was a sign language interpreter for many years, working in the NYC public schools. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Brad and their two children, Dov and Zoe, all of whom have been in early table reads of these plays.