Jennifer has been teaching, directing, and performing, around the Pacific Northwest for decades. She created Clay and Play, an inclusive outdoor summer arts program, served as Education Director for Studio East, Training for the Performing Arts, co-founded SecondStory Repertory Theatre, and has led drama programs for both public and private schools. She is a member of TPS (Theatre Puget Sound), AATE (American Alliance for Theatre and Education) and loves sharing her creative energy with other drama teachers. She holds her BA in Theatre from Morningside College, and also studied at Oxford University in England. Her time with The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis filled her with a life-long passion for working and playing with young people. Her shelves are lined with children’s books and her happy place is in the woods. Jennifer has several theatre credits to her name, but her favorite roles of all-time are “Mom” to her adventurous kids and “Wife” to her theatre musician husband.
Kind Words about Jennifer:
“This was honestly the first professional development I ever enjoyed and feel like I walked away with a lot of knowledge! Seriously 10/10. Thank you so much and thank you for the agenda and structure of the entire workshop! It was run beautifully, and I learned a lot.”
“I am so grateful to have been able to attend Professional Development that was appropriate to what I actually teach.”
“She has arranged the chairs so that everyone has a seat in the van. By the time they are ready to begin their trip, all the passengers are fully engaged, so she takes her place behind the wheel. There are choices to be made, things to see, and relationships to form; all suggestions are heard. Something unfurls. With skill and passion, she shapes and energizes, conducting a balance between chaos, focus, inclusion, and storyline. She is a master.”
-Colleen C.S., Music Teacher
“Jennifer has an energy and light that lifts others up and ignites joy! I have taken several BrainDance classes with her and I always leave feeling energized and informed. She encourages all levels and abilities to stretch, move and be present in the moment. If you need to be activated to move or inspired to learn about your body, Jennifer makes every experience with her fun and collaborative!
-Margaret M., Student Life Advisor
“My son had never jumped into drama class before this year, and we know it’s because of your enthusiasm and the supportive community you build. It has been a joy to see our sometimes-anxious child participate in a way that didn’t seem possible a year ago.”
-Christina B., Parent
“Every week this year I have been blown away at the creativity you have brought to drama class. I want you to know how lucky we are to have a teacher who dedicated so much energy to making this year a success.” Becky L.-Parent