about us

mission statement

GIRL JUST DIED is a theatre production company based in NYC that is dedicated to bringing to life new, exciting, and honest work that heavily features a variety of voices.

our story

GIRL JUST DIED was born from light and dark, inspiration and frustration. Working with Dare Lab in April 2014 to produce May Violets Spring kindled our creative spirit.  What a rush to explore the inner world of Ophelia, a female character whose death most know intimately but of whose life and motivations we know almost nothing. It's disheartening to watch voices be silenced in stories of the past, but it's even more aggravating to see theatre in a present that often manages to be even less progressive. We want nothing more than to be part of the ongoing movement to change that standard. Founded by James Parenti and Krystle Phelps in 2015, we're off to a running start this year with Poptart!.

currently ...

GIRL JUST DIED is workshopping Poptart!, a new play by Krystle Phelps and featuring original music by James Parenti.  Slated to premiere December 2015, keep an eye out for more news as the year progresses.

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james parenti, founder

Actor, playwright, and musician.  Some favorite stage roles include Prior Walter (Angels in America; Playhouse on Park), Hamlet (May Violets Spring; Dare Lab / Girl Just Died), Walt Whitman (The Body Electric; Block & Tackle), Cupid (Cupid & Psyche; Turn to Flesh), Leon (Madame Bovary; The Other Mirror), Bertram (All's Well That Ends Well; Bare Shakespeare), and Algernon (Importance of Being Earnest; Playhouse on Park).  May Violets Spring was his first time writing a play in verse and now he can't seem to stop.  Currently writing Our Hanging-Ropes, a new verse play dealing with the story of Antony and Cleopatra and Fulvia.  2015 will also see the release of his second full length record, Don't Be Gone Long, Ellen. <<website>>

krystle phelps, founder

Writer of plays, screenplays, songs, and never-finished novels. Creative expression in all its forms excite, energize, and sometimes employ her. A cat-lady without any cats. A woman of deep pessimism born from a natural idealism. Graduate of NYU's film and television production program.  May Violets Spring was her first theatre production and Poptart! will be her first public shout into the void.


trish phelps, resident photographer

Trish shoots many places and faces, but has a particular fondness for Theatrical Photography. As a Theatre and Music BFA graduate, Trish has been found on stage, behind tech boards, at the writing desk, and now settles comfortably and passionately behind the camera lens. Trish is freak of Renaissance proportions, proficient in many avenues of art (music, fine art, filmmaking, and writing) and brings this multi-angled perspective to her work, aiming to realize its subject’s most intimate and vulnerable expressions. <<website>>