Jennifer is currently the Director of Art School, the new company supporting the arts industry and education sector to work together to improve and protect arts education, as well as being Literary Director at Sphinx Theatre, the UK’s longest established women’s theatre company.
A brief summary of Jennifer’s work in education is below:
2019 – present: Research and Literary Director at Sphinx Theatre, the UK’s longest established women’s theatre company. This has included producing three research reports on women in theatre – What Share of the Cake? (2019), the Women in Theatre Forum Report (2020) and the Women in Theatre Survey (2021), each published in The Guardian newspaper, as well as designing and leading Sphinx Lab, a new programme to support professional female playwrights in the UK.
2017 – present: Director of Art School, the new company supporting the education sector and arts industry to work together to improve and protect arts education.
2016 – present: Director of University Women in the Arts , run in partnership with the Women of the Future Programme, Sphinx Theatre Company and others, to address why more women study the arts but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership roles.
2013 – 2017: Course Leader for MA Dramatic Writing, Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martins. Graduates include Titilola Dawudu, who Jennifer helped win a Women of the Future Award, Conor Hunt, whose first year play was produced at Theatre 503 and Edinburgh, Liberty Martin, who was selected for the Red Rock Shadow Scheme and BBC Continuing Drama scheme directly via the course and many other talented writers.
2016 – 2017: co-creator and Director of The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting with the Bush Theatre and Oberon Books, a competition to provide access to the leading training coming out of the industry playwriting training programmes which had never been published before.
2013 – 2014 Director of The Year of Experimentation, a year long investigation into what dramatic writing training can be in the UK.
Co-producer of Breakdowns, the UK’s first student led digital storytelling experiment run in partnership with the British Library, Central Saint Martins and Conducttr.
2012 – 2013 Creator of the UK’s first formally industry partnered MA in Playwriting with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.
Executive Producer, Insecurity pilot project on teaching online drama with BBC Writersroom North.
Director of Flaking Out pilot project on teaching writing for radio drama with BBC Radio Drama North.
Co-organiser of BBC Writersroom MediaCity Masterclasses
2011: Director of Write by the Quays, a project to celebrate the opening of MediaCityUK