CALLEEN SINNETTE JENNINGS

CALLEEN SINNETTE JENNINGS (playwright) is author of over 70 plays for adults and children. She is a winner of the 2002 Heideman Award from the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. Her play Inns and Outswas a 1999 recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, and premiered at Washington D.C.’s Source Theatre. Her play, Playing Juliet/Casting Othello premiered at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre in 1998. Dramatic Publishing has published both plays, along with Sunday Dinner, and Free Like Br’er Rabbit (produced by Imagination Stage and featured at the 2000 New Visions/One World International Children’s Festival). Her plays Same But Different and A Lunch Line are published by New Plays, Inc. In 2002, Ms. Jennings was commissioned by Arena Stage to createDarker Circles, a new play for its District Views reading series. Ms. Jennings was also commissioned by the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts to create two plays for its Wings Access-Ability performing company. Two of the plays, Ascension and Working Wings have been performed on Capitol Hill for members of Congress who work with disability advocacy. Ms. Jennings is a Professor of Theatre, and Director of the Theatre/Music Theatre Program at American University in Washington, DC. She is a member of the acting faculty for the Folger Library’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute. She is a two-time recipient of a meritorious directing award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and she is a two-time Helen Hayes Award nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play.

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