Jen can be contacted through Playwrights' Studio
Jen is a playwright, director, dramaturg and spoken word artist. Her work tends to play with horror and gothic fiction tropes, our relationship to mortality and how we construct ourselves, and often explores hidden and queer histories (with occasional forays into sparkly sci-fi). Jen trained in directing at Mountview and was mentored by Rob Drummond through Playwrights Studio Scotland. She is based in Edinburgh.
Credits include Ghost Stories (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), The Premorial (Birds of Paradise), Danger DuVall: Space/Time Adventurer (Theatre Sans Accents), Old Bones (Third Pier Theatre), Heaven Burns (Assembly Roxy, winner of the ART Award 2018, Broadway World Fringe Award nominee), Grave (Scottish Poetry Library, Flint & Pitch Presents), Comfort & Joy (Teatro Belli), and #SonsOfGod (Piccolo Theatre of Milan, Festival Castel dei Mondi, Italian tour).
Jen is currently working on a triptych of plays with Fronteiras Theatre Lab. Volante, a rococo-punk dance party about 18th century rope dancer Mariana Violante, has had readings at Hothouse @ Traverse Theatre (2016) and the Edinburgh Multilingual Stories Festival (2018). Canto X, a piece of visual theatre inspired by Dante's Inferno, had a sharing at Manipulate in 2020. Shortly after that Screech, a feminist reclamation of Machiavelli's La Mandragola, received support from Stellar Quines' Make Do and Mend scheme. She is also developing a new piece bridging storytelling and theatre, Rabbler, based on the story of 17th century rioter Jenny Geddes, and an immersive survival horror, Bugout. In addition to live theatre, Jen works in digital and hybrid theatre. During the lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 she created a digital spoken word show, Fragmental, Zoom opera The Remarkable Rocket, directed Hannah Lavery's The Unseen Child for Hopscotch, and is currently developing a digital version of one-to-one tarot show Meet Your Doom.
Jen's short plays have been featured at Village Pub Theatre, Words Word Words, Collider, Artists Anonymous, East End Literary Salon and TALOS: The Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London. She is published in 404 Ink's Nasty Women, Haunt Publishing's Haunted Voices and various literary magazines, and has a novella coming out with Leamington Books in 2022. She also works as a dramaturg (with a particular interest in bilingual/multi-lingual work) and director, and is (or possibly was, depending on when you're reading this!) vice-chair of Theatre Directors Scotland.