New Dramatists is proud to announce the addition of new Board member, Jamila Ponton Bragg. The Board voted unanimously in favor of her membership at the fall Board meeting. Ms. Ponton Bragg’s first meeting as a full and official member was in December 2023.
Jamila Ponton Bragg is the founder of JamRock Productions LLC, a theater production company committed to works for women, about women and by women. After twenty years in the nonprofit industry, Ms. Bragg transitioned to theater production. JamRock Productions was an Associate Producer on the Fall 2021 Broadway run of PASS OVER at the August Wilson Theater. PASS OVER was the first Broadway show to open after the eighteen-month shutdown due to Covid-19. JamRock Productions was a co-producer on DEATH OF A SALESMAN in Fall 2022 and the Tony Nominated FAT HAM in Spring 2023. JamRock Productions current projects include developing the Jean Genet play, THE BLACKS for a Broadway in spring 2025. JamRock is also working with the Ntozake Shange Literary Trust to stage a production of BETSEY BROWN (1985), a semi-autobiographical book about Ms. Shange’s time with her family as a thirteen-year-old in St. Louis in 1955.
Ms. Bragg was named the 2022 Prince Fellow in the MFA program at the Columbia School of the Arts. The Prince Fellowship honors the legacy, career and memory of the Broadway producer, Harold Prince. The Fellowship is designed to support the development of gifted emerging theatrical producers. Ms. Bragg was named on the Broadway Women’s Fund 2023 “Women to Watch on Broadway.”
Ms. Bragg graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a BS in Psychology and earned an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1999. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and resides in Harlem, NY with her husband and her two children.