Jennie Webb has been a guest lecturer at colleges including California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles Valley College and Occidental College for Theater Arts, Arts Management and Humanities courses and outreach workshops. She created the independent writing workshops, “Exploiting Structure Onstage” and “Your Page, Your Pen, Your Voice,” for teens and emerging young writers. After 10 years as a professional publicist, she developed “PR 101: Getting Personal with Public Relations” for multi-level arts organizations, theater professionals and students embarking upon careers in the arts. More recently, she has appeared on numerous panels as a gender parity activist.
For the Academy of the Classics at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum she has taught Shakespeare Text Analysis and Scansion to adults and teens. She developed “actor-friendly” methods of investigating Shakespeare’s plays with an emphasis on de-mystifying the language, emphasizing that specific word choices, rhetoric and rhythmic structure are not the enemy, but tools with which to discover character, achieve clarity and reach dramatic heights. She designed Children’s Playwriting Classes, employing a variety of approaches including Spolin Theater Games and improvisation, which allowed students to write and perform socially-relevant, ensemble-driven, original plays.
Jennie also taught Comedy Technique to professional actors in Los Angeles and Las Vegas with The Harvey Lembeck Professional Comedy Workshop, strengthening a performer’s choices regarding conflict and character through standard improvisational exercises.
“Your Page, Your Pen, Your Voice”
Using exercises designed to make the everyday distinctive, this workshop for teens and adults stresses a proprietary relationship with language and life events. In a supportive environment, writers learn that personality, honest exploration and a fearless way with phraseology are invaluable instruments when crafting a personal essay, one which speaks to the public.
“Exploiting Structure Onstage”
A dramatic writing course intended to shake “the rules” from their foundations, and encourage young adults and emerging professionals to think of the stage as pioneer territory. The act of theatrical creation doesn’t have to be burdened by textbook studies or Hollywood formulas. Through an innovative approach which opens up the process, writers truly break new ground.
“PR 101: Getting Personal with Public Relations”
An inside look at arts PR—from the basics to fine-tuning a publicity campaign—with an emphasis on tailoring the materials and approach to a specific project, and to the skills of the person putting it out there. The workshop investigates the whos, whats, wheres, whens and whys of making the media work for you: Who are these people known as publicists? What’s in a press release? Where are the people who’ll be interested n what I’m doing? When do I pitch a feature? And (of course) why shouldn’t I be guaranteed a rave review in the Times? Every project is different, as is every individual on any side of the critical line. Use this workshop to explore the options open to you as an artist for promoting your vision. Find out who else is doing it and what they’re doing—what’s worked, and what hasn’t—and figure out for yourself how LA’s many media outlets can help you find an audience.