Jennie S. Redling, Dramatist and Musical Theatre Writer


Jennie Redling is a recipient of BMI's Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement as a Librettist, the national Stanley Drama Award and the Arlene R. and William P. Lewis Playwriting Award for Women. Her musical (with composer Phillip Palmer and Lyricist Stacey Luftig), "My Heart is the Drum," was presented by the 2013 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals, developed at the 2014 Goodspeed Musicals Johnny Mercer Writer's Retreat, presented in August 2014 at Seattle's Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals, and received a mainstage production at Ohio's Kent State University Theatre in February 2015. Collaborators Mr. Palmer and Ms. Luftig's presentation of the score for "My Heart is the Drum" were awarded the 2015 Fred Ebb Award. "My Heart is the Drum" will have its world premiere at Village Theatre in March, 2016.

Jennie’s plays have been read or produced at Buffalo’s Alleyway Theatre, Louisville’s Juneteenth Legacy Theatre, Cleveland’s Karamu Theatre, New Jersey Reprertory Theatre, and Off-Broadway at Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mint Theater, New York Fringe Festival, Urban Stages, The Barrow Group and Penguin Repertory Theater, among others. Her monologues and scenes are published in "Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20's” and "Winners' Scenes for Kids and Teens" by Smith & Kraus, "Monologues at the Heart of Human Nature” Volumes I and II by JAC Publishing and FAMOsa Publications’ “Scenes from a Diverse World.

Jennie was a finalist in Firehouse Theatre’s Festival of New American Plays, the Arts & Letters Prize for Drama, the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award, the Actors Theatre of Louisville Ten-Minute Play Competition and The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She is an alumnus of the National Association for Musical Theatre (NAMT) and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, BMI Musical Theatre Librettist Workshop, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, AEA and SAG/AFTRA. She is a counselor with the Center for Safety and Change, Rockland County, New York serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.


MY HEART IS THE DRUM - World Premiere at Village Theatre, March 2016

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