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Jennie Webb is an independent Los Angeles playwright whose plays have been presented on stages and in/at/around alternative venues throughout the U.S. and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her works have been published by Heinemann Press, and supported by The Playwrights Center’s PlayLabs, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Little Black Dress INK, the Virginia Avenue Project, Road Theatre Summer Playwrights Festival and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, where she is playwright-in-residence, teaching workshops and running the theatre’s new play development program, Botanicum Seedlings. She is currently a resident playwright at LA’s Rogue Machine Theatre; member of the Playwrights Union, EST/LA’s Playwrights Unit, the Dramatists Guild and PlayGround-LA Writers Pool; and co-founder of the LA Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI).

Critics have called her writing “somewhere between ‘The Simpsons’ and John Guare” and “riddled with wicked wit” (Los Angeles Times); the Edinburgh Evening News says she “pulls no punches,” and from The Scotsman: “Showing comic flair and sophistication, Webb charts well how American women feel, and how U.S. society makes them feel.” “A bright new voice with a wicked comic sense and considerable verbal wit,” says Random Lengths; Backstage offers another take: “Playwright Jennie Webb is Erma Bombeck after three glasses of Charles Shaw Chardonnay.”

A graduate of USC’s School of Drama, she started her career as a stand-up comedienne, and went on to produce a number of world premieres with her own company, The Rough Theater; from 1996-1997 she worked with a group of women writer/performers to develop original material as part of a development deal with Paramount Studios. As a freelance writer, she was a theater critic for Backstage and on-air for KCRW-FM and other outlets; she is the author of numerous articles, columns, essays and criticism in publications such as the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Today, and websites including TheaterMania.com.

FULL LENGTH PLAYS (partial list)

  • Currency—Semi-Finalist, 2015 PlayPenn Conference; The Word @ The Road Theatre Reading October, 2014 (Jen Bloom, dir); Playwrights Union First Peek Reading Festival May, 2014 (Holly Derr, dir); Heather Helinsky, dramaturg
  • Crazy Bitch—Santa Monica Rep Reading August, 2014 (Jen Bloom, dir); Road Theatre Summer Playwrights Festival July, 2014 (Courtney Buchan, dir); Great Plains Theatre Conference May, 2014 (Judith K. Hart, dir); Heather Helilnsky, dramaturg
  • The Big Red Naugahyde Booth (Or, Would-be Elks)—EST/LA Winterfest March, 2014 (Matthew Elkins, dir); Semi-Finalist, 2007 O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Theatricum Reading Nov, 2005 (Louis Fantasia, dir)
  • Blood Replacement—EST/LA Winterfest February, 2013 (Shaina Rosenthal, dir); Playwrights union First Peek June, 2011 (Eric Bloom, dir)
  • Men & Boxes—EST/LA Winterfest March, 2015 (Chuma Gault, dir); “Ripe Read” July, 2012 at Lounge Theatre (Shaina Rosenthal, dir); Circle Reads development June, 2012; Finalist, 2002 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence (earlier draft)
  • Yard Sale Signs—World Premiere September, 2010 at Rogue Machine Theatre (Elina de Santos, dir); Semi-Finalist, 2009 O’Neill Playwrights Conference
  • Space Available & Anticipating Leftovers—PU First Peek 2012 & 2010 (Jen Bloom & Casey Stangl, dirs); Henry Murray, dramaturg
  • Remodeling Plans—World Premiere March, 2004 at El Portal Theatre (Randee Trabitz, dir)
  • Tilting—Commissioned and developed by Theatricum Botanicum, workshop 2002-2003 (Ellen Geer, dir)
  • The Complete Story of the War—PlayLabs 2001, The Playwrights Center (Denise Gillman, dir)
  • Unclaimed Assets—World Premiere August, 2001 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Alan Hubbs, dir); pieces performed as part of various LA arts festivals and at the Eclectic Theatre (2011 & 2012), televised by Studio Z, Chicago, and published in New Monologues for Women by Women (Heinemann Press, 2004)

ONE ACTS & SHORT PLAYS (partial list)

  • Buying a House—Green Light Productions GLO Fest November, 2104
  • It’s Not About Race—Green Light Productions “Shorties” March, 2015; Santa Monica Rep WaveFest October, 2013
  • Rebecca on the Bus—Little Black Dress INK Women Playwrights ONSTAGE Project (AZ) January, 2015; IndieBoots Theatre Festival (Chicago) March, 2013
  • On Tuesday—Theatre of NOTE October, 2012; Little Black Dress INK Women ONSTAGE Project July, 2012
  • Color Separation—The Disreputables SLUT Festival Reading (VA) October, 2012; Little Black Dress, INK Women Playwrights ONSTAGE Project July, 2011
  • About What Matters—Theatricum Botanicum SeedlingsFest Reading November, 2011
  • It’s Only Coffee and Not To Worry—Radio plays commissioned by avantRadio and broadcast on KPFK-FM April, 2003 and December, 2003

OTHER PERFORMANCE MATERIAL

  • L.A. Book of the Dead—Adaptation and additional writing for play by Don Thompson, Rough Theater production (1987, Brent Morris & Dan Zellner, dirs)
  • Original Comedy Material—Performed at nightclubs and theaters as part of Paramount Studio’s Skirts (1996-1997), Hazardous Waste (1991-1992), Rabble (Without a Cause) (1986-1988) and Frisk & Webb Comedy Team (1985-1986)

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Selected as a PlayLabs Playwright, Great Plains Theatre Conference 2014
  • Profiled by the League of Professional Theatre Women in 30th Anniversary Publication 2011-2012
  • Winner of a 2010 Women in Theatre Red Carpet Award
  • Semi-Finalist, 2009 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Playwrights Conference
  • Semi-Finalist, 2007 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Playwrights Conference
  • Profiled in Spotlight of Notable Women in LA Theatre, LA Stage, March/April 2004
  • Finalist, 2002 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwrighting Excellence
  • Winner in 2002 Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights New Plays Competition
  • Awarded a Commission by The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 2001
  • Winner in 2001 Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights New Plays Competition
  • Named Playwright-in-Residence, Festival Theatre USC-USA, 2001
  • One of 3 playwrights selected to participate in 2001 PlayLabs, The Playwrights Center

TEACHING

  • Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum—Playwriting, Shakespeare Text Analysis, Dramaturgy
  • California State University Los Angeles , Guest Lecturer—Theater Arts & Humanities Courses
  • Los Angeles Valley College, Guest Lecturer—Shakespeare Text Analysis, Scansion
  • Harvey Lembeck Professional Comedy Workshop—Comedy Technique

PUBLICATION HISTORY

  • Mother/Daughter Monologue Anthologies (International Centre for Women Playwrights Press, 2009)
  • New Monologues for Women by Women (Heinemann Press, 2004)
  • Contributing Writer, Backstage (Theatre Reviews & Features) April 1998 – April, 2013
  • Columnist, Salon City (National Arts & Culture Magazine) April 2007 – November, 2008
  • Theatre Talk Critic, KCRW-FM (Los Angeles’ premier NPR Affiliate) February 2001 – December 2002
  • Los Angeles Correspondent, TheatreScope (NY-based Stage Trade) May 1997 – April 2004
  • Articles, reviews, columns and commentaries in the Los Angeles Times, TheatreMania.Com, United Parenting Publications, Pasadena Weekly, Entertainment Today and other publications and websites

EDUCATION

June 1983 BFA in Theatre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Represented by:
Mary Alice Kier
Cine/Lit Representation
Dramatic/Film/Literary Management
310.413.8934
makier@att.net

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