Caleen Sinnette Jennings

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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."

Education[edit]

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]

Career[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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". www.american.edu. 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.