Jordan Stovall

Jordan Stovall

JORDAN STOVALL/WANDA WHATEVER (they/them) is a playwright, arts administrator, queer events producer, and drag artist based in London, UK. They presently serve as the Regional Programs Manager for the Dramatists Guild, where they have worked for the last six years. Their plays have been shortlisted and selected as Finalists for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Festival and Relentless Award, among others. They...
JORDAN STOVALL/WANDA WHATEVER (they/them) is a playwright, arts administrator, queer events producer, and drag artist based in London, UK. They presently serve as the Regional Programs Manager for the Dramatists Guild, where they have worked for the last six years. Their plays have been shortlisted and selected as Finalists for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Festival and Relentless Award, among others. They have studied playwriting and have received artistic mentoring from the likes of Tina Howe, Tanika Gupta, Ola Animashawun, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Michele Lowe, Stefanie Zadravec, Gary Garrison, and more. Stun premiered at The Cockpit Theatre in London, UK after several developmental public showcases in the US and UK; corpus premiered at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (NY) following its showing at the Manhattan Reading Competition; Aviary premiered at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama after a showing as part of LGBTQ+ Tiny Shows at Omnibus Theatre. Resident of the Hamilton Project IX at the Barn Arts Collective. As a drag artist, they are the founder and executive producer of Time Out London Award-Nominated “Boulangerie: A Queer Variety Show,” and FUSSY, a bi-monthly ongoing party and series of queer community gatherings/arts-focused events at Dalston Superstore (formerly in residence at The Yard Theater, Hackney Wick). They can be seen on upcoming miniseries “Pistol” on FX directed by Danny Boyle, and “Meet the Richardsons” (BBC Studios). They have performed in Bushwig NYC and Bushwig Berlin festivals, Sink the Pink, were a finalist in Season 1 and winner of the Christmas edition of drag competition The Gold Rush at The Glory, regularly perform in multiple venues across London (Dalston Superstore, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, The White Swan, etc.), as well as New York venues such as The Rosemont, Hardware, Club Cumming, Metropolitan, The Duplex, The West End (UWS), and more. MFA Writing in the Stage and Broadcast Media, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2019; London, UK), BA Theatre/Performing Arts, University of Tampa (2011; Tampa, FL). Program Manager for the New Visions Fellowship. Founding Co-Administrator for End of Play, National Playwriting Month. Founding Executive Administrator, Dramatists Guild Institute. ​Dramatists Guild Committees: Regional Affairs, Best Practices, Festival and Contest Submissions Guidelines, Devised Theatre.

Plays

  • Swallowtails
    Four strangers, all queer people of varying life experiences and world outlooks, find themselves in the same prison holding room without any explanation or idea as to why. They must band together for strategy and survival in a world designed to keep them quiet.
  • Aviary
    A two-person scene reminiscing on a previous relationship, performed in a cascade by groups of couplings. A minimum of three, with an indeterminate maximum amount of couples. This ten-minute play explores auditory and visual imagery and explore the line between love as an individual and universal experience.
  • Stun
    Stun follows four drag performers – Charmaine, Honey Pot, Misty Tension, and Chastity, all of the house D. Luxe – as they navigate the polarizing labyrinth of family, approval, and self-actualization.
  • The Shades
    Old friends sit around a bonfire in the backyard they spent many of their formative years in together making shadow puppets, talking about dead pop singers, and nostalgically catching up with pre-loaded knowledge from social media. As the night unfolds, the question arises: how great have the rifts between them become, and can they ever get back to the closeness they once had?
    (Note: The actor playing...
    Old friends sit around a bonfire in the backyard they spent many of their formative years in together making shadow puppets, talking about dead pop singers, and nostalgically catching up with pre-loaded knowledge from social media. As the night unfolds, the question arises: how great have the rifts between them become, and can they ever get back to the closeness they once had?
    (Note: The actor playing Ren should be fluent in ASL, and the actor playing Keith should identify as a deaf actor)
  • Corpus
    ​“The city air in February is thick with loneliness, I’ll tell you something.” In a run down New York health spa, Renata, a brash fifty year old Serbian widow, finds an unusual kinship with Matthew, a twenty something who believes he’s being visited by a dead lover. Their contrasting battles with loss shed light on the human condition of grief as they battle ghosts from their past to find freedom.
  • Huron
    Ten-Minute Play:
    Ezra (37) visits his childhood home in Oakland County, Detroit to help his mother, Chava (64), take pictures of her two-story lake house which has gone into foreclosure. Chava clings on to the house's history, memories of her late husband, and makes it clear that she won't go without a fight.
  • The Butterfly & The Astronaut
    Ten Minute Play:
    A bus stop sometime before sunrise in Long Island, NY. Summer. A young ballet dancer, an overweight nurse, and a transgender high wire artist anxiously await a bus that doesn't seem to be coming.