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 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals in New York City in October 2013. In February 2014, "My Heart is the Drum" was chosen for development at Goodspeed Musicals Johnny Mercer Writer's Retreat, was presented at Washington State's Village Theatre 2014 Festival of New Musicals in August, 2014 and will be performed at Kent State University in February 2015

Ms. Redling’s musical, THE HARVEST, (music, Kit Goldstein, lyrics, Allen Mogol), was first produced non-musicalized by Mint Theater in New York City and is currently in development at the BMI Librettists Workshop, NYC. Other plays have been read or produced in Manhattan and nationally at Soho Rep (MISCAST), Ensemble Studio Theatre (GONE ASTRAY), Mint Theater (THE HARVEST), New York Fringe Festival (MISCAST), Urban Stages (GONE ASTRAY), The Barrow Group (DESPERATE TERRITORY), The Globe Theatre (BROKEN MOON), Buffalo’s Alleyway Theatre (BROKEN MOON) and Juneteenth Legacy Theatre (LAVINIA SPEAKS), among others. Her screenplays include ZONE ONE with HBO series, “Big Love” creator, Mark V. Olsen and "Six Candles" for SevenOverSeven Entertainment.

Ms. Redling is a recipient of two New York State Foundation for the Arts stipends and has been nominated by Ensemble Studio Theatre for the Arnold L. Weissberger Award, was a semi-finalist for the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award for Drama, a finalist in Firehouse Theatre’s 2009 Festival of New American Plays, the Arts & Letters Prize for Drama, the Actors Theatre of Louisville Ten-Minute Play Competition and The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s Summer Conference twice.

Her monologues and scenes are published in The International Centre for Women Playwrights’ Scenes from a Diverse World, InterJACtions’ Monologues at the Heart of Human Nature, Volume I and Volume II, and Smith & Kraus’s Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20's

Ms. Redling is a Sanford Meisner trained professional acting and audition coach. She is also a certified rape crisis counselor with The Center for Safety and Change in Rockland County, New York. She is member of BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Librettist Workshop, the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA and the International Centre for Women Playwrights.


MY HEART IS THE DRUM opens at Kent State University February 20, 2015!

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