Morgan Jenness spent over a decade at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public
Theater, with both Joseph Papp and George C. Wolfe, in various capacities ranging
from literary manager to Director of Play Development to Associate Producer. She was
also Associate Artistic Director at the New York Theater Workshop, and an Associate
Director at the Los Angeles Theater Center in charge of new projects.
She has worked as a dramaturg, workshop director, and/or artistic consultant at theaters
and new play programs across the country, including the Young Playwrights Festival,
the Mark Taper Forum, The Playwrights Center/Playlabs, The Bay Area Playwrights
Festival, Double Image/New York Stage and Film, CSC, Victory Gardens, Hartford
Stage, and Center Stage.
She has participated as a visiting artist and adjunct in playwriting programs at the
University of Iowa, Brown University, Breadloaf, NYU and Columbia (where she is
currently teaching a political theater course) and is on the adjunct faculty at Fordham
She has served on peer panels for various funding institutions, including NYSCA, NEFA
and the NEA, with whom she served as a site evaluator for almost a decade. In 1998 Ms.
Jenness joined Helen Merrill Ltd., an agency representing writers, directors, composers
and designers, as Creative Director. She now holds a position as Creative Consultant in
the Literary Department at Abrams Artists Agency.
In 2003, Ms. Jenness was presented with an Obie Award Special Citation for Longtime
Support of Playwrights. She is also a proud member of the ensemble Universes and the
People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street.