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Caleen Sinnette Jennings ‘68 selected as Distinguished Alumna for Reunion 2018!

CALEEN SINNETTE JENNINGS '68 is an actor, director, playwright, and a founding member of The Welders, a D.C. Playwrights’ Collective, which won the 2016 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. Dramatic Publishing Company has published eight of Jennings’  plays, and her work has appeared in seven play anthologies.
In 2014, her play, Not Enuf Lifetimes, ran at the Atlas Center for the Performing Arts. In 2015, her play, Queens Girl in the World, did an extended run at Theatre J. In the same year, she was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to write a stage adaptation of Walter Dean Myers’ novel, Darius & Twig, which was produced at the Kennedy Center Family Theatre and went on tour in winter of 2018. Her play, Queens Girl in Africa, was produced by Mosaic Theatre and played to sold-out houses in Washington, D.C. in winter 2018.  Jennings has received playwriting awards from the Kennedy Center and The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, as well as four nominations for outstanding new play from the Helen Hayes Awards.  

She is Professor of Theatre in the Department of Performing Arts at American University, where she joined the faculty in 1989. She directs for mainstage and teaches playwriting, acting, directing, voice & speech, as well as acting Shakespeare. In 2003, she received A.U.’s Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award.  She has been a faculty member of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute since 1994 and she was Project Manager on a 2016 NEH grant to the Folger entitled Crosstalk: D.C. Reflects on Identity and Difference. Jennings received a B.A. in Drama from Bennington College and an M.F.A. in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Click here to view Caleen’s performance from 'Hands Up.' In a thought-provoking performance exploring the trials, tribulations, and triumphs grasped by African-American hands, American University theater professor Caleen Sinnette Jennings poses the question, "After 400 years of struggle and progress, are we back to square one?"
More information about Reunion 2018 will follow! Questions? Please contact Elisabeth Ingwersen Mendez, Alumni & Special Events Manager, at 212-477-5316 ex. 269 or eingwersenmendez@lrei.org.
You may also visit lrei.org/reunion for updates.