A BRIEF BIO
Jenny Rachel Weiner is a playwright and actress based in New York City, and is currently the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at the Roundabout Theatre. Select plays include: diventare (The Harold & Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award), The Cave Play (O’Neill Semi-Finalist), Horse Girls (Fordham/Primary Stages, the cell, Ars Nova; New York, Collaboraction; Chicago, Annex Theatre; Seattle; published by Samuel French), Nina (Roundabout Theatre Company Reading, O’Neill Semi-Finalist 2016, Fordham/Primary Stages), Jason&Julia (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Aunt Sylvia Is Dead (The Collective; published in The Collective Anthology 2014) , Kingdom Come (Roundabout Underground Reading Series 2015, Roundabout Underground Production Fall 2016 directed by Kip Fagan). Jenny has developed plays/been commissioned by the O’Neill Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Northlight Theatre, Piven Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages, Ars Nova, Space on Ryder Farm, and Roundabout Theatre.
BFA: Boston University, MFA: Fordham University/Primary Stages.
In September 2016, will begin enrollment at Juilliard as part of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program.
When Jenny isn’t writing plays, you can catch her directing and performing with NYC/LA based theatre company Story Pirates.
ABOUT MY WORK
In my writing, I aim to create an experience where people feel: whether it be a release in the form of laughter, or a release in the form of tears, I am always aiming towards telling stories truthfully and with heart, with a sense of clear specificity so that the audience can see themselves reflected back, see their deepest selves, see their darkest selves, see the questions they want to ask the world, see the things in the world that make them angry, that make them feel excited, that calls them into action.
My intention is to tap into a sense of truth, and I think that's what makes theatre recognizable and resilient. I do this much of the time with humor and an attention to nuance and specificity. At the core of my work, is a curiosity and love for people--a love that is unafraid to expose our longings, faults, and contradictions.
I am also 100% about nostalgia.
So much of my work is rooted in the nostalgic. Take a look at some of my old weird pictures to see why I am who I am and what influences the plays I write.