TheaterJones / 2018-19 FOR DALLAS THEATER CENTER
"DTC has also commissioned a work from Dallas playwright Janielle Kastner."
VoyageDallas / THOUGHT-PROVOKERS: CHECK OUT JANIELLE KASTNER'S WORK
"Despair has become obvious. Cynicism is no longer clever, it’s de facto – so now what? My heroes are the people who stare into the abyss, let it stare right back, and then go make something."
TheaterJones / DETOUR FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED
"The staged readings are from Dallas writer Janielle Kastner, plus national playwrights Nathan Alan Davis, Virginia Grise and Isaac Gomez... All four playwrights will be in attendance."
Dallas Observer / BEST OF DALLAS 2016: BEST NEW PLAYWRIGHT
"...various other ingenious techniques allowed the world of Ophelia Underwater to expand beyond the walls of the small theater for a rich and exciting first play. We look forward to seeing what Kastner does next."
Dallas Observer / MEET THE 2016 MASTERMINDS
"[The Tribe] provide whatever the artist requires to make his or her vision a production-ready reality, whether it be a stage to workshop a new play, actors to go over early versions of scripts or designers to visualize the work. They tend to adopt young artists with riskier aesthetics."
[bc]workshop / ACTIVATING VACANCY DOWNTOWN DALLAS
"We believe these young women don’t need us to 'empower' them, they need us to acknowledge they already have the power to speak life into their community. Our work as artists has been taking their words and manifesting them in unexpected places downtown in a bold, surprising, even defiant manner."
CultureMap Fort Worth / Dallas-Fort Worth Actor Lends Her Voice to the Conversation of Funny Women
"Though also a producer, director, and playwright, Janielle Kastner somehow still finds time to appear onstage in roles across Dallas and Fort Worth."
Mozdeb / HEROINE OF THE MONTH
"I have always been interested in less-conventional forms of theater. So I developed this piece as a performance which I intended to be a one-on-one experience that would be different each time, and could not be duplicated. A piece where I can look at somebody in their eyes, say their names, and say something true and meaningful to them. When was the last time we did that?"
TheaterJones / REVIEW: OPHELIA UNDERWATER /
THIS GOOD LESSON KEEP
"This is not a retelling of Ophelia’s story in Shakespeare’s Hamlet for after all, that Ophelia was constructed through the eyes of a male. Through Kastner’s play we are asked to ponder what is asked of the female as she tries to live separate and apart from the role defined for her by a society largely though not entirely shaped through the male perspective."