ADV – Leaderboard

Jeremy Cohen.

The Subtext: Jeremy Cohen’s Magical Gifts

This month Brian talks to the producing artistic director of Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis about supporting writers, following a unicorn, and teaching doctors to write.

Each month Brian James Polak (he/him) talks to playwrights about the things usually left unsaid. In conversations that dive into life’s muck, we learn what irks, agitates, motivates, inspires and—ultimately—what makes writers tick.

This month, Brian talks to a one-time playwright who now dedicates his time to supporting playwrights, Jeremy Cohen, who is now in his 11th season as producing artistic director at Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. The Center supports playwrights and their work with a variety of programs, commissions, and networking opportunities. Cohen previously worked as associate artistic director and director of new work at Hartford Stage, and was the founding artistic director of Naked Eye Theatre Company in Chicago.

He talks to Brian about his upbringing in Hartford, his attraction to activism and social work and eventually theatre, and the delicate balance of service and amplification he tries to strike at Playwrights’ Center.

This episode can also be found here.

Subscribe to the Subtext on iTunesSpotifyStitcherGoogle PlayTuneIn, or via its RSS feed.

Have something you’d like to say to the Subtext? Call 505-302-1235. Your message might be used on a future episode. You can also email the podcast at or send a tweet to @SubtextPodcast.

Support American Theatre: a just and thriving theatre ecology begins with information for all. Please join us in this mission by making a donation to our publisher, Theatre Communications Group. When you support American Theatre magazine and TCG, you support a long legacy of quality nonprofit arts journalism. Click here to make your fully tax-deductible donation today!

ADV – Billboard