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2016 Resident Playwright

jenny-connell-davisJenny Connell Davis

You may recall our production of The Dragon Play last year. Well that script was written by a very talented playwright, Jenny Connell Davis. And we were so smitten with her words and storytelling aesthetic, that we are excited to announce that she is this year’s Resident Playwright.

“We’re thrilled to have Jenny Connell Davis join the Chance family,” said Literary Manager Jennifer Ruckman. “Her writing is lyrical, clever, breathtaking, and funny all at the same time. She loves to ask tough questions that leave the audience talking long after the show is over – exactly the kind of storytelling we love to bring to our stages!”

Jenny’s plays have been developed and/or produced with The Playwrights Center, ScriptWorks, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Ars Nova, NAATCO, Theater MITU, Articulate Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Shrewd Productions, and The Gift Theatre, among others.

She has been a finalist or semi-finalist for the Heideman, PlayPenn, Seven Devils, BAPF, the Nicholl Fellowship and the O’Neill, has performed in theaters throughout Chicago and Austin, and appeared as Joe in Geoff Marslett’s Loves Her Gun at SxSW.

Jenny’s short film, Fatakra, with writer/director Soham Mehta, played at over 75 festivals worldwide, including Toronto and SXSW, and was recognized with more than a dozen audience awards and jury prizes, including the Student Academy Award. She currently has screenplays in development with Maven Pictures and Circle of Confusion.

Jenny is a Core Member of The Playwrights Center, and a proud alumna of Ars Nova Play Group, UT Austin’s MFA Playwriting program, The School at Steppenwolf, the Court Theatre Resident Apprentice program, and The University of Chicago.

Three of Jenny’s shows will be featured throughout the year as part of our On The Radar (OTR) Series, which focuses on supporting in the development of new works. Two of her shows — Scientific Method and one TBA — will receive staged readings, and one other one (TBA) will featured as part of our LAB workshop performance.

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