Abigail Jean-Baptiste (she/her/hers) is a director and theater artist based in New York City. Lilly Award recipient of The New York Women’s Foundation Directing Apprenticeship Award 2018. Most recently, Abigail has directed BIG DATE by Cary Glitter (Wet Paint Festival) and OLIO LIVE! by Pulitzer Prize winner Tyehimba Jess (Audible Theater). Broadway: Jagged Little Pill (Assistant Director), King Lear (Assistant to Director), Off-Broadway: Passage (Assistant Director), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Assistant to Director). Upcoming: Anatomy of A Suicide (Assistant Director), Three Sisters (Assistant Director). Currently developing a surrealist play about an interracial female friendship with playwright Anna Zabel.
Abigail prioritizes stories about black folks and woman-identifying peoples, drawn to projects that imagine alternative worlds less oppressive than our own. She uses theater to build intimate modes of storytelling and pull apart norms that privilege whiteness. For Abigail, theater is a vehicle for amplifying underrepresented stories/experiences and a tool for dismantling white supremacist, patriarchal, ableist structures.
BA: Princeton University, English Concentration with African American Studies and Theater Certificates.