Jordan Jaffe is a playwright, director and the Artistic Director of Black Lab Theatre. The flowing world premiere of his play Crude will be produced by Black Lab Theatre Off-Broadway at Theater 511 at Ars Nova in New York City in April/May, 2016 and at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) in June, 2016. Black Lab Theatre's new play development program The Pipeline is also currently developing the further plays in Jordan's Energy Series, a series of plays that each highlight a particular energy source: Crude (Oil), Fracked (Natural Gas), and Beth Kills Birds (Wind). Plus two untiled plays featuring solar and coal. A reading of Beth Kills Birds will be produced by Black Lab Theatre at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) in October as part of Readfest Houston.
Under his leadership since the company's inception in 2011, Black Lab has staged the Houston & regional premieres of the work of such writers as David Henry Hwang, Joshua Harmon, Paul Downs Colaizzo, Beau Willimon, Peter Sinn Nachrieb, Kim Rosenstock, Amy Herzog, Leslye Headland, Jeff Talbott, and Theresa Rebeck. Notable productions in his tenure include Chinglish by David Henry Hwang (produced in collaboration with Asia Society Texas Center), Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon (produced with Stages Repertory Theatre and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston), boom by Peter Sinn Nachrieb (Houston Press Award 2012-13 nominee for Best Play/Production). In 2015 Jordan established Black Lab Theatre's new play development program The Pipeline, which develops new work via readings, workshops, and flowing world premieres between Houston and New York.
Jordan's directing credits with Black Lab include Bad Jews (produced with Stages Repertory Theatre and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston), Tigers Be Still, Really Really (Broadway World Award 2013-14 nominee for Best Director), Assistance and The Submission (Broadway World Award 2012-13 nominee for Best Director). His acting credits with Black Lab include Leo Joseph-Connell in 4000 Miles, Vince in Assistance, Jules in boom, Vince in Our House, and Stephen Bellamy in Farragut North. Jordan is a proud graduate of Rice University with a BA in Visual and Dramatic Arts, and has also trained at the Atlantic Acting School in New York. In 2013 Jordan was named to the Houston Press' Top 100 Creatives list of "movers and shakers" in the Houston arts community.