“I believe in building communities, not just mounting productions.”
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
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
Fresco Opera Theatre. Madison, WI.
The Queen of the Night (world premiere) 2018
Four Seasons Theatre. Madison, WI.
The Spitfire Grill, 2017
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.
Rabbit Hole, 2013
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Cambridge, UK.
Richard II, 2014
Miss American Pie:
“. . . like we’re arriving at a house party.”
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.”
“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
“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.”