Currently, my work is compelled by representations of gender, queer ephemera and the transactional body, often teetering between theatrics and unsimulated. Accessible and often, crude media, found objects, texts (spoken and staged) and repetitive actions are used to create sculptural juxtapositions in my performances. I’m interested in playing social states of excessiveness and stillness, exploring intimacy in queer and digital spaces and interrupting notions of home.
John Moletress is a multi-disciplined artist, educator and Founding Director of force/collision, an interdisciplinary performance ensemble. With force/collision, they have co-created and directed The Nautical Yards with Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance, Shape (text by Erik Ehn), Trust me (text by Falk Richter) and Jarman (all this maddening beauty) with Caridad Svich (International/US). Their work has been seen within the US at The Kennedy Center, Abrons Art Center, La MaMa ETC, Highways Performance Space, Intersections Festival, Fusebox Festival, Arena Stage, New Dramatists, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, FUNDarte/Out In The Tropics, OUTsider Festival, George Washington University, EMP Collective, to name a few. Internationally, their work has been seen at King’s College London, Homotopia/unity theatre (UK), Warehouse 9 (DK), The Gulbenkian (UK) and The House at Plymouth University (UK). Previously, they were awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre for co-founding Factory 449, multiple funding awards from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and was a finalist for the prestigious DC 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence. They have directed premieres by playwrights Erik Ehn, Caridad Svich and Craig Wright. Publications include Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance (ed. Caridad Svich; Theatre Communications Group), Wendell. (Playwright; NoPassport Press), Jarman (all this maddening beauty) and Other Texts (Intellect Books UK) and Imaging Home: Practice, Performance, Place (Forthcoming, Intellect Books UK). JohnMoletress.com