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"Men On Boats" Reading

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Excited to be reading the role of Powell in Jaclyn Backhaus's Men on Boats, directed by Allie Moss, at Mozilla's headquarters in San Francisco as part of a reading series. Men on Boats will be a part of Pam MacKinnon's upcoming inaugural season at ACT!

Showcase 2018 - SF/LA/NYC

Our MFA Showcase is right around the corner and coming to cities near you! If you are in SF, NYC, or LA, make sure to check us out!

San Francisco
Friday, March 23, 2018, 4 p.m.
The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
1127 Market Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
RSVP: RSVPSF@act-sf.org or 415.967.0158

New York City
Monday, March 26, 2018, at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at 1 p.m.
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
RSVP: RSVPNY@act-sf.org or 415.967.0158

Los Angeles
Monday, April 2, 2018, at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
The Matrix Theatre
7657 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
RSVP: RSVPLA@act-sf.org or 415.967.0158

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Closing out the three years in the MFA program at ACT with a production of "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," by Pulitzer Prize-winning Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by David Mendizabal, and featuring our whole MFA class. This next dark comedy takes place in downtown Purgatory & explores faith and forgiveness in all its foul-mouthed, complicated glory.

We run from February 22nd-March 3rd in the Rueff Theater at The Strand Theater in San Francisco. Make sure to check us out!

A Christmas Carol

Excited to be a part of A.C.T.'s acclaimed, music-infused adaptation of Dickens' beloved tale, A Christmas Carol, playing the roles of Ermengarde/Annabelle/Gang Member! Running from December 1st-24th at ACT's Geary Theater, this production has become one of the Bay Area's favorite holiday traditions telling the story of lonely old miser Ebenezer Scrooge who's given a second chance by four ghosts who visit him one spooky and sleepless Christmas Eve. Don't miss this classic story of redemption and forgiveness that captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season!

Check out the video trailer here!

Now. Here. Us.

Now Here Us

From October 19-21st, in the Garret Theater upstairs at ACT's The Geary Theater (at 5:30pm each night!) we will be putting on an evening of musical numbers inspired by moments that have shaped our lives. Directed by Milissa Carey and considered a favorite every MFA season, it celebrates the individuals in our class and is a great opportunity to interact with us in an intimate setting!

Watch a clip of me singing Kerrigan & Lowdermilk's "Avalanche"!

Ria in "CLICKSHARE"

After playing the role of Ria in ACT's initial staged reading, I am super pumped to bring her to life in a full production (co-sponsored by Firefox/Mozilla) of Lucas Kavner's CLICKSHARE, directed by Stephen Brackett playing from September 28th-30th at The Strand Theater! It will no doubt be a hilarious show you don't want to miss!
 

Lady Capulet in "Romeo & Juliet"

 

To close out my Chautauqua summer, I will be playing Lady Capulet, opposite the incredible Keith Randolph Smith, in Romeo & Juliet, directed by Dawn Monique Williams, which runs from August 11-18th in the Bratton Theater. What an awesome way to end an unbelievable summer!

Caroline in "Detroit '67"

I am the most humbled to be playing Caroline in Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, which runs from July 21- 30th at Bratton Theater at Chautauqua. To be a part of this brilliant show on the 50th anniversary of the Detroit rebellion, is a reminder of its relevance & just how much work still needs to be done not only in Detroit, but also across our country.

Check out the BroadwayWorld Press release!

Community Engagement Project

 

 

A few of us in the Acting Conservatory, under the incredible direction of Ashley Teague, devised a theater piece exploring how the nation and its diverse communities are or are not communicating. Inspired by discussions and stories shared with us with employees of the Chautauqua Institution, members of the Hispanic Cultural Center, and residents of Mayville, Jamestown, & Dunkirk community, we sought to ask the question: What are the invisible barriers standing between us and civil discourse?

Read an article in the Chautauqua Daily about the process and project here!

Young Playwrights Festival

In partnership with the Florida Studio Theater, Chautauqua Theater Company participated in an interactive, three part playwriting project for local 3rd & 4th grade students. In less than 14hrs of rehearsal, a select group of us company members rehearsed & performed 14 winning plays of 403 submissions as part of this Young Playwrights Festival, directed by the incredible Katherine McGerr. The festival celebrates bringing theater and playwrighting into schools and encourages young people to embrace their imaginations. It was amazing to see these kids feel seen and proud of their work coming to life!

Malicious Animal Magnetism

We will begin developing the play Malicious Animal Magnetism by Jeremy Cohen & Dipika Guha, directed by Jeremy Cohen, during ACT's New Strands Festival from May 17-21st, with a showing on May 21st at 7pm at The Rueff in The Strand Theater. Excited to help create this play about love, queerness, and what we can't help looking at!

The Good Woman of Setzuan

Truly grateful and excited to be playing the lead role of Shen Te/Shui Ta in the upcoming production of The Good Woman of Setzuan as part of ACT's Spring Rep productions, directed by the incredible Domenique Lozano! We run from May 10-13th, so make sure to get your tickets here!

Hamlet Workshop

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Jennifer was able to be a part of American Conservatory Theater’s workshop of Hamlet, directed by A.C.T.’s artistic director, Carey Perloff, reading for Ophelia & Player Queen opposite John Douglas Thompson in the role of Hamlet.

Romeo & Juliet: WOW Tour

 

I will be touring an abridged version of Romeo & Juliet, playing Lady Capulet, as part of ACT's 'Will on Wheels (WOW)' Shakespeare Tour through the Bay Area to various high schools. This will run from March 4th-17th!

Happy Hour @ The Strand

Excited to host the FIRST Happy Hour @ The Strand on February 24th from 5:30–6:30 p.m!

Join us after work, or before your performance of 7 STORIES or JOHN, for $5 drinks (beer/wine), & entertainment from A.C.T.’s Master of Fine Arts Program actors, with special guest Bay Area performers, such as Geoffrey Grier/the SF Recovery Theater & Vivian Cook, in the lobby of The Strand Theater.
 

Today is My Birthday @ Mozilla

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ACT has partnered with Mozilla to launch a new playreading happy hour series called “Friday Drafts” to help playwrights develop their plays. I was excited to be a part of the first reading, "Today is My Birthday" by Susan Soon He Stanton. Looking forward to continuing building this relationship with the tech community!