Caleen Sinnette Jennings

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Caleen Sinnette Jennings is an American actor, director, and playwright. She is a professor of performing arts at American University College of Arts and Sciences. Jennings is the author of the plays "Queens Girl in the World" and "Queens Girl in Africa."


Jennings completed a bachelor of arts in drama from Bennington College. She earned a master of fine arts in acting from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.[1]


Jennings joined the department of performing arts at American University College of Arts and Sciences in 1989. In 1994, she joined the faculty of the Teaching Shakespeare Institute.[1] At American University, she specializes in playwriting, African American performing arts, Shakespeare performance, and children's theatre.[2] She wrote the semi-autobiographical memoir "Queens Girl in the World." The show debuted at Mosaic Theater Company of DC during the Women's Voices Theater Festival.[3][4][5] In 2019, her plays "Queens Girl in the World" and "Queens Girl in Africa" were performed at Everyman Theatre, Baltimore.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2018, Jennings was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for her show "Queens Girl in Africa."[7] She was nominated for a 2019 Helen Hayes Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical.[8]


  1. ^ a b Treanor, Lorraine (2015-08-26). "UpClose: Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Women's Voices Theater Festival". DC Theatre Scene. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  2. ^ "Faculty Profile: Caleen Jennings | American University, Washington, DC". Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  3. ^ Pressley, Nelson (May 9, 2019). "Jennings's solo 'Queens Girl' plays get revived in Baltimore". Washington Post. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  4. ^ Pressley, Nelson (January 4, 2018). "Women's Voices festival 2.0 launches with Caleen Sinnette Jennings's memoir". Washington Post. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "Photo Flash: First Look at Mosaic's World Premiere Production of QUEENS GIRL IN AFRICA". BroadwayWorld. January 11, 2018. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  6. ^ "Everyman Theatre will present two plays by same writer". Carroll County Times. 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  7. ^ "2019 Helen Hayes Nominations Are Announced". DC Metro Theater Arts. 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  8. ^ Rule, Doug (2019-05-09). "The 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards Nominees". Metro Weekly. Retrieved 2019-05-13.