Porter’s type of risky storytelling is, well…. like a lion’s roar in an all too often timid jungle.
— Houston Press
 Photo by Stella Kalinina

Photo by Stella Kalinina

Chana Porter, called “a pioneer in today’s experimental landscape” by Spectrum South, is an emerging playwright, speculative novelist, and education activist. Her plays and performance pieces have been developed or produced at Playwrights Horizons, The Catastrophic Theatre, La MaMa, 3LD, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, Cherry Lane, The Invisible Dog, Movement Research, PS122, and The White Bear in London. She is a MacDowell Fellow, a New Georges Audrey Resident, and 2019 nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is currently writer-in-residence at The Catastrophic Theatre in Houston (while living in New York and Los Angeles.) Chana is the co-founder of the Octavia Project, a free summer writing and STEM program for Brooklyn teenage girls and nonbinary youth, now in its fifth year. Her play LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR, which BroadwayWorld calls "exhausting and exhilarating, disturbing and amazing" will be produced by New Georges in NYC in June 2019, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad. She is currently writing a new libretto with the composer Ted Hearne, to be directed by Taibi Magar, for the small, audacious orchestra Alarm Will Sound. Her debut novella, THE SEEP, is forthcoming from Soho Press in fall 2019.