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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), the world premiere opera The Queen of the Night (Fresco Opera Theatre), and Miss American Pie (Third Ridge Theatre) performed in November 2019 in her very own kitchen in Madison, Wisconsin. 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.
Jen is directing the premiere of When the Music Stops: The Anita O’Day Story by Erica Berman with Four Seasons Theatre March 11-13. If you don’t know who Anita O’Day is, she’s the most famous jazz singer you’ve probably never heard of. (Check out her (in)famous performance of Tea for Two at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.)
The show really feels like an intimate cabaret. One actor and a killer trio (Ben Ferris, Taras Nahirniak, and Michael Koszewski) perform standards from the great American songbook as Sarah Streich as Anita O’Day leads you through her life and the evolution of her art.
The best part? It’s being performed at a jazz club–Cafe Coda on Willy.
It’s three nights only, and tickets are extremely limited. If you’re interested in joining me, I recommend getting tickets ASAP ($35 to be guaranteed a reserved seat, $25 for first come/first serve bar/booth seating and standing room.)
Wednesday, March 11-Friday, March 13
at Cafe Coda, 1224 Willy
Music starts at 7:15 p.m. Performance (which runs about 70 minutes) at 7:30 p.m.