Jennifer specializes in storytelling through theatre arts, playwriting and creative writing. She focuses on telling the stories that show the inner life of a student, allowing students to express their identities through monologue or scripts, even fantasy short stories. She firmly believes everyone has a story to tell, and she hopes to create an encouraging environment to cultivate this telling. Jennifer understands that each educator has his/her own goals. If there is an objective or assessment you would like to integrate into a residency, Jennifer is happy to accommodate to your classroom’s needs. As a licensed Nebraska teacher, she can also assist in creating an original residency lesson plan just for you and your curriculum.
Jennifer is the author of the YA novel, The Messiah of Howard Street. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, an MS in Education and a BFA in Playwriting and English Literature. This background brings an original mix to Jennifer’s art and teaching style. She believes that creativity is at its best when it works to empower. Jennifer’s plays have been produced in Chicago, Los Angeles and Omaha. She is a licensed teacher in the state of Nebraska and served as the drama teacher and creative writing teacher at Omaha North High School. In Benson, Jennifer helped found the writing group, Workshop at the Shoppe. She has also led workshops at the Fine Lines Summer Writing Camp and Omaha Theater Company.