Bricolage’s mission is to immerse artists and audiences in adventurous theatrical experiences that foster connections and alter perceptions.
Bricolage envisions theater not as a passive experience, but as a vehicle for heightened involvement for artist and audience alike. Their approach encourages artists to take the creative risks necessary to create full- blooded, high-quality theatrical experiences that challenge audiences to engage in new ways, react, and express openly their opinions about their work – to have a stake in the creative discussion. The word Bricolage means, “making artful use of what is at hand.” What excites this company is the connection and interaction between seemingly disparate elements, and the potential for these components to resonate as one cohesive event. Bricolage uses the distinctive resources of the Pittsburgh region to create theatrical experiences that stimulate a heightened sense of involvement for the audience. “What’s at hand” is the city’s changing landscape, its plentiful human and material resources, and the salient political, cultural and ethical issues encountered and reacted to each day. By combining different artistic mediums, nourishing local talent, producing provocative work, and facilitating audience engagement, Bricolage seeks to revitalize live performance for a new era.
Jeffrey founded Bricolage and is now in his 12th season as Artistic Director. This season, Mr. Carpenter received the Investing in Professional Artists Residency Grant in residence with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, for which he led the Bricolage team to create OjO: The Next Generation in Travel- an immersive theatre experience which premiered at the 2014 Three Rivers Arts Festival. In 2012 he led the creation of STRATA, named Top Production of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Tribune Review, and featured on the cover of American Theatre Magazine. He conceived, produced and directed the Bricolage/Pgh. Filmmakers multi-media project: In Service: Pittsburgh to Iraq about the lives of local veterans returning from the war. The full-length documentary was featured in the Three River’s Film Festival and on WQED as part of Filmmaker’s Corner, and was nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy. He co-conceived and spearheaded Bricolage's hit series Midnight Radio, for which he has directed, written and performed; the In The Raw play development festival, and the Midnight Radio Jr. educational curriculum, expanding to two more school districts in 2015. Other directing credits for Bricolage include Hunter Gatherers, Speech & Debate, Biedermann and the Firebugs, Stroke, The Servant’s Lament, Troilus and Cressida, Key to the Field, Peace, and Wild Signs.
Producing Artistic Director
Tami Dixon is a theatre-maker and social justice advocate entering her 10th season as Producing Artistic Director of Bricolage Production Company. She is a recipient of the TCG/Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, The Frankel Award from City Theatre Company and was named Performer of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Most recently, Ms. Dixon received the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Emerging Artist Award from The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation. Her first play, South Side Stories received its world premier and subsequent remount at City Theatre Company to critical and box office acclaim. She is currently working on a new play, 74%: A Working (Woman’s) Title, about the wage gap in the non-profit workforce, commissioned by The Bayer Center for Non-Profit Management. As an actress she’s been seen in A Streetcar Named Desire with barebones productions. The Clockmaker, Marriage Minuet, The Missionary Position, and The Muckle Man with City Theatre. The Hothouse, Celebration, and Rock n Roll with Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre. The Task and El Paso Blue with Quantum Theatre. The Chicken Snake with The Rep. Metamorphoses with The Pittsburgh Public Theatre. OJO, Midnight Radio, STRATA, Dutchman, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, and Key to the Field with Bricolage.
Before joining Bricolage in 2014, Jackie served as Box Office and Development Manager at Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty and as Executive Assistant to the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at UPMC. She has worked as a performer (City Theatre, Point Park Conservatory, Tuesday Night Musical Club, The Theatre Factory, Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, No Name Players, Bricolage), as a director (Greensburg Civic Theatre, No Name Players, Experimental Theater Project), assistant director (barebones productions, the REP at Pittsburgh Playhouse), producer (Brisbane Management Group), production crew, and scene shop assistant (Pittsburgh Playhouse, Millbrook Playhouse). Jackie served as head of Theater at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Bernstein in Twin Lake, Michigan, and continues to serve as a teacher and consultant for artists and nonprofits. She received her degree in Theater from Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts.
A Texas native, Emily recently immigrated to Pittsburgh from Shreveport, Louisiana. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and a Master’s in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing. Her research interests include Pedagogical theory, Consumer Behavior and Integrated Marketing Communications. Emily has worked in the fields of PR, Marketing, and Design for the past seven years, helping variety of Non-profits tell their story and grow within their community. She has also enjoyed teaching Graphic Communications at the University of Louisiana and working as a freelance designer. Passionate about the performing arts, Emily is captivated by theatre’s unique ability to inspire, engage, and build communities. As an artist and designer, she believes that art should challenge a viewer’s perspective, stimulating creative introspection and discussion. Sadly, her hopes of being an actor where dashed after a dismal performance in her 6th grade play. Although she has absolutely no aptitude for singing, dancing or acting, Emily does enjoy painting, roller derby and semi-professional hula hooping.
George Santos Moura II (Development Associate) - Originally from eastern Pennsylvania, George fell in love with Pittsburgh while earning his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. The city fostered his passion for the arts and their ability to create joy, provoke reflection and effect change. Over the next five years, he earned his Master’s in Arts Administration from the University of Akron and work for theatres, museums and art centers learning the ins and outs of the non-profit arts world. George is thrilled to return to the city he calls home to immerse himself in a new adventure with Bricolage.