Jennie writes stage plays, screenplays and librettos for musical theater. Jennie’s musical book, My Heart is the Drum, is a 2017 Johnathan Larson Grant finalist and earned the BMI Foundation’s Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement as a Librettist. Her libretto for the musical (with composer Phillip Palmer and Lyricist Stacey Luftig) garnered a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Village Theatre, producers of Drum’s premiere in March 2016, with direction by Schele Williams.
Drum Originated at the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and was presented by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) and further developed at the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, followed by a developmental production at Kent State University.
Jennie’s play Gone Astray was awarded the national Stanley Drama Award and was a finalist for the Firehouse Theatre Contest of New American Plays. In Gone Astray, a fierce battle is waged for the spirit of a missing child by a mother who refuses to accept her abducted daughter might be dead and a Native American girl wandering adrift of her ancestor’s beliefs. Developed and performed in Octoberfest at Ensemble Studio Theatre, presented at Urban Stages and Penguin Repertory Theatre, Gone Astray is part of 12 Peers Theatre of Pittsburg’s Modern Myths podcast reading series, 2016.
Jennie’s play, A Rape in Glorious about a sexual assault at a college campus was awarded the Arlene R. and William P. Lewis Playwriting Award for Women. Her play, Miscast about a young woman phone sex purveyor being stalked premiered at Soho Rep, was produced in The New York City Fringe Festival and presented at Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon of One Acts.
Jennie’s play, The Harvest is currently being made into a musical, “Unknown Girl,” in development at the the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
Among other theatres where Jennie’s plays were read or produced are New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Mint Theater, Abingdon Theatre and The Barrow Group. Jennie was a finalist for the 2016 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, 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 twice.
Jennie’s screenplays include Zone One (with Mark V. Olsen) and The Six Candles. Her monologues and scenes are published in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20’s, Monologues at the Heart of Human Nature,Volumes I and II and Scenes from a Diverse World.
Jennie is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickenson University and an alumnus of the National Association for Musical Theatre (NAMT), a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Unit, International Centre for Women Playwrights and AEA and SAG-AFTRA. She is a counselor with the Center for Safety and Change, New City, New York serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She lives near New York City in Rockland County, New York.