Jen McGregor

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Jen can be contacted through Playwrights' Studio

Website
jenmcgregor.com

Twitter
@jenbitespeople

Languages
Italian

Playwrights' Studio

Former Mentored Playwright

Jen McGregor

Jen trained in directing at Mountview and was mentored by Rob Drummond through Playwrights Studio Scotland. She is based in Edinburgh.

Her first play, Creepie Stool, was commissioned as part of the Scottish Government's Tackling Sectarianism initiative. It ran at the JUST Festival, Previously... Scotland's History Festival and St Giles Cathedral. #SonsOfGod, Jen's reimagining of Coriolanus, had a sell-out run at the Piccolo Theatre of Milan in 2016 and was invited to the Festival Castel dei Mondi before touring Italy. In 2018 Jen's play Heaven Burns, the story of a 17th century woman who posed as a man in order to hunt witches, won the Assembly Roxy Theatre Award and was nominated for a Broadway World Fringe Award.

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. 

Jen is also a spoken word artist and has been involved in collaborative storytelling projects such as Interrobang's Ghosts of the Citadel and The Edinburgh Bible, and Poetry as Fuck's The Ambassador's Reception. Her first short solo show, Grave, the true story of Jen discovering that she's the monster in someone else's horror story, was programmed at Flint & Pitch then later the Scottish Storytelling Centre. She is currently working on her first full-length solo show.

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.

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