Kaneza Schaal is a New York City based theater artist. She received a 2016 Creative Capital Award to develop her next work JACK&JILL, a multimedia comedy of errors that draws on social codes and trainings: from prison re-entry programs to debutante balls. Schaal’s recent piece GO FORTH premiered with Performance Space 122 and was presented at the Genocide Memorial Amphitheater in Kigali, Rwanda; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River-to River Festival, NY; and Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, CT. Her work has been supported by Baryshnikov Arts Center, Performance Space 122, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Theater Communications Group, Princess Grace George C. Wolfe Award, Bogliasco Fellowship, and Kara Walker’s 6–8 Months Space.
Schaal’s work with The Wooster Group, Elevator Repair Service, Richard Maxwell/New York City Players, Claude Wampler, Dean Moss, and New York City Opera has brought her to venues including Centre Pompidou, Royal Lyceum Theater Edinburgh, The Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and MoMA. She is an Arts-in-Education advocate and just returned from a new project with the International Children’s Book Library in Munich, Germany, working with recently arrived young people from Syria and Eritrea to address migration and storytelling.