Performance Creation

Performance Installation, play production, playwriting, immersive theater arts, street performance, curation/scenography

Portal Juice- May 6 2018-

Art Klub New Orleans

An immersive performance installation piece in New Orleans Louisiana in which audience members navigated a labyrinth of triggers that explored human, machine, and animal qualities.


Created by

Maya Pen and Cora Grove

Performed by 

Daiqueri Jones

Bawdy From the Border- November 2019, La Plante, Montreal

A performance series with presentations from community organizers, burlesque dancers, clowns, and puppeteers in support of asylum seekers/migrants/refugees, with a focus on raising money for a temporary migrant shelter in Tijuana, Movimiento Juventud.


Curated by Maya Pen and Bettina Perez


"Our House"- June 2019- Kimmel Center Philadelphia

A spoken word for migrant justice from the Philadelphia Jazz Residency in which Jazz Cuban rhythms were explored.

Poem written and performed by Maya Pen

Music composed by Dariel Peniazek

Performed by Sam Harris, Arturo Stable, Tim Brey

One Fest- March 30 2018 - One Love New Orleans

An immersive theater experience featuring various artworks in the New Orleans community.

Performances written and directed by Maya Pen

Gallery curated by Maya Pen and Alia

Performed by Aakhu Dorman

Tongue in Cheek- December 16th 2017

Headlong Dance Studios, Philadelphia PA

With two looping performance pieces in two rooms of the space, an installation on the outdoor patio, and a large interactive gallery space in the main studio, this 48 artist show included bookmakers, sculptors, a self published book of Philadelphia poets, theater artists, industrial designers, mask makers---storytellers of all kinds.

Performances written and directed by Maya Pen

Gallery curated by Maya Pen and Mike Hoover

Stage managed by Cara Lisa Franz


Cash Operating Companions- 2016- present

New Orleans

An ongoing street performance project/social experiment created by Cora Grove, in which Maya Pen and Cora Grove perform a variety of characters on the streets of New Orleans, offering silent hand holding and active listening for $1 a minute.


The Agency- 2015

A two act play chronicling the experience of women in a dystopian future, in which men rent women to fulfill a variety of absurd roleplaying fantasies.

Written and directed by Maya Pen

Set design by Maya Pen

Costume Design by Alanna Lacy

Stage managed by Geaninna Riley

Produced by Marlene Goebig and performed by MyVision Theater Company


Muse- 2016, Temple University, Philadelphia

A one act play about the pretentious art scene in 1960s Manhattan art scene, and one man's obsession with the nonexistent subject of his work.

Written by Maya Pen

Directed by David O'Connor

Produced by Philly Young Playwrights


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