Human Head Performance Group is a company devoted to the theatrical co-creations of Jean Ann Douglass and Eric John Meyer. Their mission is to make work that is both human and heady: experimental work rooted in empathy, inclusion, and a sense of fun. They make work that poses challenging questions and features thematic snacks.
Most recently, they were commissioned by Montana Rep to write THE PHANTOM BRIDE, a 12-part media experience for the Rep's GoPlay! app. The play's audio and video content are available to be unlocked in specific locations in downtown Missoula.
Their work has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among other publications, and their play DUE TO EVENTS, was called “terrific and very funny” by Culture Catch, who went on to explain that “if elements that would be at home in Kafka, Stoppard, and perhaps even Donnie Darko filtered through a cat with a hobby in jazzy performance art sounds like a fun time, it is.”
Jean Ann and Eric began their collaboration in 2010 with The Truck Project, a series of short plays performed for small audiences in the back of a rented moving truck (yes, the audience is in the truck with them, and yes this is all perfectly legal, at least in the States).
Jean Ann Douglass is the playwright of The Providence of Neighboring Bodies (Oberon Books), named one of the Best Shows at the Edinburgh Festivals in 2018 by the Guardian.
Jean Ann is currently under commission by Playwrights Horizons and Montana Rep. Her play Seneca Falls is a 2021 Weissberger Award Nominee & 2021 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Nominee. Her work has been produced or developed by Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Montana Rep, Dutch Kills Theater, and WildWind Performance Lab.
She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a former Artist-in-Residence at MASS MoCA, and was an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Brooklyn College. Jean Ann holds an MFA from Brooklyn College in Performance & Interactive Media Arts, and a BFA from Tulane University in Dance & Theatre.
Eric John Meyer is a playwright and performer based in New York City. His plays have been developed or presented by Playwrights Horizons, Theater Wit, The Lark, Clubbed Thumb, Vineyard Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Flea, Dutch Kills Theater Company, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, among others.
His play THE ANTELOPE PARTY (Theater Wit, world premiere) was nominated for the 2018 Weissberger Award and is available from Broadway Play Publishing. He has been a resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm and has received a Weingarten Commission from Playwrights Horizons.
Eric is also a co-founder of Human Head Performance Group and The Truck Project, both of which he established with his partner, Jean Ann Douglass. He received his MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College.