“I believe in building communities, not just mounting productions.”

Gwendolyn Rice in Miss American Pie (photo credit: Chris Bacarella)

Specialities include: Devising, Community-Based Performance Projects, Verbatim/Documentary Theatre, Adaptations, Shakespeare, Physical Theatre, Site-Informed/Immersive Work

Artistic Director: Third Ridge Theatre, currently producing “HouseWork,” an ongoing project presenting a play in each room of Jen’s house.

Directing (recent select credits)

Four Seasons Theatre at Cafe Coda. Madison, WI.
     When the Music Stops: The Anita O’Day Story (director/dramaturg) 2020

Chris Rottmayer and Sarah Streich in When The Music Stops at Four Seasons Theatre

Third Ridge Theatre (Jen’s kitchen) 
   (director/dramaturg for Miss American Pie) Madison, WI – 2019

1812 Productions Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Residency
     (director/dramaturg for Miss American Pie) Philadelphia, PA – 2019

Broom Street Theater. Madison, WI.
     Lysistrata (text adaptation/direction) 2019

Kristin Scheeler in Lysistrata at Broom Street Theater (photo by Jess Schuknecht)

Fresco Opera Theatre. Madison, WI.
     The Queen of the Night (world premiere) 2018

Rehearsing The Queen of the Night (left to right in front: Gavin Waid and Cat Richmond, left to right in back: Dana Carlos, Meghan Kilker, Caitlin Cisler and Erin Sura) – photo by Melanie Cain

Four Seasons Theatre. Madison, WI.
     The Spitfire Grill, 2017

UW-Madison. (touring)
     Hunger/Here (project curation of original devised work) 2017
     The Dragon (text adaptation/direction) 2016

Open Society Institute. Budapest, Hungary.
     No Feedback,  2016

Forward Theater. Madison, WI.
     Spotless Someone’s Gotta Do It Monologue Festival, 2016
     [redacted] Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues, 2015

Atlantic Stage. Myrtle Beach, SC.
    Doubt, 2015
    Rabbit Hole,  2013

Doubt at Atlantic Stage

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Cambridge, UK.
    Richard II, 2014

Jen (center) directing Richard II for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival


Miss American Pie:

“. . . like we’re arriving at a house party.”

–Catherine Capellaro, Isthmus

The Taming of the Shrew

“This comedy never fails to enchant. . . Jen Plants’ taut, strong direction has the actors indulging in lots of physical comedy and demonstrating facility with the language.”

–Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven

“It’s always a pleasure when Shakespeare is accessible and fun. Under the direction of Jen Plants, The Chatham Players has accomplished that goal.”

–Liz Keill, The Alternative Press

Rabbit Hole:

“Seeing Atlantic Stage’s presentation of this award-winning play could be one of the most rewarding — albeit heartwrenching — two hours you’ve ever spent with your clothes on.”

–Ettie Newlands, Listen Up Myrtle Beach