Executive Director for Immersive Learning and Virginia Ball Center
Professor of Theatre
Teaching Areas: Playwriting, Theatre History, Directing
Date of Hire: August 2003
Jennifer Blackmer is the 2015 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award winner for Emerging American Playwright, associate professor of theatre, and associate provost for Entrepreneurial Learning at Ball State. Her work has been seen in New York, Los Angeles and nationwide, and has been developed by Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, The Playwrights’ Center and The Lark, among others. Her plays include Human Terrain (Mustard Seed Theatre, 5th Wall Theatre, IAMA Theatre Company), Unraveled (Theatre Unbound, Tennessee Repertory Theatre Ingram New Works Lab), Alias Grace (Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Ball State University) and Delicate Particle Logic (Indra’s Net, CUNY Graduate Center). Unraveled was recently honored with second place in ATHE’s Excellence in Playwriting Competition, and was also named one of the ten best productions in the Twin Cities in 2013 by Lavender Magazine. Jennifer has been a finalist for the David Charles Horn Prize for Emerging Playwrights (Yale Drama Competition), the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest, the Firehouse Festival of New American Theatre, and The O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference, and her work has been short-listed for both the Princess Grace Award and the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship. She is currently developing Human Terrain as a motion picture with B Powered Films in Los Angeles. Recent directing credits include the American premiere of Lost: A Memoir at Indiana Repertory Theatre, and numerous productions at Ball State University.
Visit Jennifer’s website at www.jenniferblackmer.com.