Jenny spent the summer in Canada with Globus Theatre performing in a sellout run of the Men Commandments at the LakeView Arts Barn in Ontario. And the Fall has offered an abundance of further great collaborations, with the first public showing of the Liverpool <-->Trading collective (a group Jenny has been working with since it began a 18 months ago) at Dixon Place and the international premiere of Karen Hope’s psycho-drama, Foreign Lands with the Absinthe Minded Theatre Company. Pure Dead Brilliant, Jenny’s first radio drama, has also been broadcast, via Reel Rebels Radio, and she acted as MC for the International Women Artists Salon’s Exhibition Two Performance Salon. And Jenny continues to enjoy her work with Liz and Stuart Hodes, filming scenes from classic plays made into great movies.
Jenny will be focussing on bringing her New York pantomime, Dick Whittington, to life in coming months. And she looks forward to developing her ‘Kitchen SInk’ radio strand with Reel Rebels and to further work with the Liverpool<-->Trading Collective.
Jenny followed her dreams to New York City in 2006 to take her place at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (like RADA, but AADA). She graduated in 2008, after being awarded the Dina Merrell Scholarship for international students. She cut her teeth in a range of off Broadway shows & short films, most notabley with Storm Theatre, American Thymele Theatre, The Stupes and St Jeans Players. For the past two years she has been engaged as an Actor & Producing Artist by Manhattan Theatre Source in Greenwich Village, where she produced and appeared in numerous short play festivals and initiated the role of Joannie in Billy Carver and the Children in Mind, a show which she also produced, designed and workshopped.
Scottish-born and Manchester-raised, and a graduate of the infamous spy-recruiting BA, International History & Politics, at the University of Leeds, Jenny eventually defected to London for work as a Journalist at the BBC. Prior to that she completed her masters on the UK’s first online journalism course at the University of Central Lancashire, where she produced a website for the North West Green Party and edited the 2001 Guardian Student Media Award winning website (Prest). But throughout it all she never lost her love of entertaining, and although presenting a series of short films for BBC Parliament scratched the itch, it was not wholly satisfying. She bade farewell to her native land with a one-night-only performance of Alan Bennett’s Her Big Chance, which was quite a party.