Jennifer Blackmer: Our Newest Resident Playwright

As we gear up for both the At the Table Summer Remount and the process of slating our 2017-18 season, we are elated to announce our newest Resident Playwright, the incredibly talented Jennifer Blackmer, who made her Chicago playwriting debut when we produced her play Human Terrain last year.

She’s anything but new to the game, though. The 2015 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Emerging American playwright, Jennifer is a Professor of Theatre and Associate Provost for Entrepreneurial Learning at Ball State University. Her plays have been seen in New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Berkeley and St. Louis, and her work has been developed by Seven Devils, Activate Midwest, Nashville’s Ingram New Works Lab, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and The Lark. Jennifer’s screenplay for Human Terrain is a 2016 winner of the Tribeca Film Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Filmmaker Fund. Her work has been a finalist for the David Charles Horn Prize for Emerging Playwrights (Yale Drama Competition), the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest, the Firehouse Festival of New American Theatre, the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference and Jennifer was shortlisted for the Princess Grace Award and the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship.

For someone with a resume as long as hers, her work was surprisingly not produced in the Windy City until last year, when we staged the regional premiere of her play Human Terrain. But that’s all about to change: This Fall, Rivendell Theatre will be producing the professional premier of her adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel Alias Grace, in what we can only imagine is another Chicago Premiere of many for her in the coming seasons.

We’re so excited to have Jennifer as an official member of the BNT family, and we hope you’ll all join us in welcoming her!

She joins Michael Allen Harris as one of our first two Resident Playwrights.


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Spenser March 21, 2017 Uncategorized