photo by Chia Messina
photo by Chia Messina

As a deviser, actor, director, dramaturg, and playwright, Jen’s work has been seen in the UK, Hungary, and across the United States. Jen is a founding artist of the London-based No Feedback, an immersive theatrical event that combines cutting-edge human rights research and physical theatre. Recent U.S. directing projects include The Spitfire Grill and When the Music Stops: The Anita O’Day Story (both Four Seasons Theatre) and the world premiere opera The Queen of the Night (Fresco Opera Theatre). As a playwright, her recent feminist punk adaptation of Lysistrata premiered in spring 2019 as Broom Street Theatre’s 50th anniversary production.

A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Jen’s U.S. regional theatre credits include The Asolo Theatre Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Atlantic Stage, and three years as an artistic associate at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival.

Jen currently teaches playwriting, performance studies, critical race theory, dramaturgy, and community based theatre-making at UW-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin, and is the Greater Midwest Regional Vice President for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). Jen founded the theatre program at Hood College in Frederick, MD, earned her MFA from the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory, and has trained with The So and So Circus in London and Dell’Arte International in Denmark.

She is currently at work directing the world premiere of Miss American Pie–to be performed in November 2019 in her very own kitchen in Madison, Wisconsin.

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