In 1999, Brooke O’Harra co-founded, with composer Brendan Connelly, the NYC-based The Theatre of a Two-headed Calf. The ensemble-driven company layers various theatrical styles, texts and musical forms for unexpected experiences such as the 1970s punk rock-inspired adaptation of the 18th-century, Chikamatsu play Drum of the Waves of Horikawa
(OBIE Award, 2007), or the re-imagined take on chamber opera and motherhood, You, My Mother
(2012). As part of the Dyke Division of Two-headed Calf, she conceived, directed, wrote, and performed the popular lesbian soap opera Room For Cream
, (La Mama, 2008-2011). In addition to developing and directing all 14 of the Two-headed Calf productions, she is also a freelance director with multiple honors including a NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors grant. She recently developed a new musical with Lisa D’Amour
and composer Brendan Connelly titled Jack Spicer’s Billy the Kid,
which featured Becca Blackwell
. She also has an ongoing collaborative performance, Time Passes,
with visual artist Sharon Hayes.