Jahna Ferron-Smith

Jahna Ferron-Smith

Jahna Ferron-Smith is a graduate of Boston University College of Fine Arts with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Performance. She is currently a member of the Obie Award winning playwrights collective, Youngblood, and her plays have been performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and UglyRhino Presents: TinyRhino. Her plays include, THE WOODS., SIR. (published by...
Jahna Ferron-Smith is a graduate of Boston University College of Fine Arts with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Performance. She is currently a member of the Obie Award winning playwrights collective, Youngblood, and her plays have been performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and UglyRhino Presents: TinyRhino. Her plays include, THE WOODS., SIR. (published by Samuel French), and SALT: A Rom Com (The Lark Jerome New York Fellowship Finalist).

Plays

  • THE WOODS.
    Since its creation, the United States National Park Service has been tasked with preserving, arguably, this country's most stunning monuments to the "American Dream"--majestic swaths of untamed land, symbolizing the unbridled American spirit that forged a world power; a birthright theoretically available to all Americans, regardless of race; this land was made for you and me! However, dwindling...
    Since its creation, the United States National Park Service has been tasked with preserving, arguably, this country's most stunning monuments to the "American Dream"--majestic swaths of untamed land, symbolizing the unbridled American spirit that forged a world power; a birthright theoretically available to all Americans, regardless of race; this land was made for you and me! However, dwindling Park attendance nationwide has sent the NPS scrambling to ensure it's survival. The mission? To engage those they’ve traditionally left out of the narrative of the great outdoors!—people of color. But how do you excite people—specifically Black people—about exploring, celebrating and (NPS hopes) eventually investing in environments that for many, are not at all symbolic of majesty, but misery? THE WOODS. explores our learned relationships to the "American" landscape--who’s taught to love it? Who's taught to fear it? Who's allowed to claim it?--and the consequences those cultural narratives have on young Black Americans, only just learning what being Black in today's "American landscape" might mean for them. Going forward, might there be a way to manifest a more positive narrative surrounding the natural environment, for the sake of those next in line to inherit it?...
  • Karaoke at The Golden Sun Convention Center
    This Merger is happening. Sandwiched between team building exercises and more team building exercises is a mandatory karaoke hour at The Golden Sun Convention Center where everyone has to sing for their job. While Lenny and Vince vamp onstage and Elena and Janet hide in Stairwell D, Big Boss Pete is in the back still working with the numbers and there’s not enough Svedka & OJ to assuage everyone’s...
    This Merger is happening. Sandwiched between team building exercises and more team building exercises is a mandatory karaoke hour at The Golden Sun Convention Center where everyone has to sing for their job. While Lenny and Vince vamp onstage and Elena and Janet hide in Stairwell D, Big Boss Pete is in the back still working with the numbers and there’s not enough Svedka & OJ to assuage everyone’s existential panic: Who’s getting fired? Who’s staying hired? And which is worse? Don’t worry. No matter what happens, everyone gets tote bags, toothpicks, and a killer selection of midi files to take with them on the road to whatever comes next.
  • could(n't) you just
    A young Black nanny. Three White Brooklyn parents. could(n't) you just explores the small cruelties we commit against one another in our efforts to maintain status.
  • SALT: A Rom Com
    SALT: A Rom Com explores a young African American woman’s journey in navigating how, where, and when she may have internalized certain standards of beauty/gender-based expectations and how the consequences of said passive absorption are manifesting in the men she chooses to date; as well as how they are contributing to a lack of intimacy she so desperately desires.
  • Hello, My Name Is
    Karen—a single, recently unemployed, life-long learner navigates a potentially devastating medical diagnosis, while relentlessly pursuing an unlikely friendship with what little time she may have left. Hello, My Name Is explores self propelled suffering and the physical effects of loneliness.