Jennifer Blackmer

Jennifer Blackmer

Director of the Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry and Professor of Theatre

Professor of Theatre, Playwriting


Room:TS 107

Achieving Academic Excellence

Award-winning playwright Jennifer Blackmer uses encouragement, community, and collaboration to cultivate theater talent.  Read more.

Additional Information
Teaching Areas: Playwriting, Theatre History, Directing
Tenured faculty
Date of Hire: August 2003

Jennifer Blackmer 
serves as Professor of Theatre and Director of the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State University. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway and across the country, and include Human Terrain, Unraveled, Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace (Joseph Jefferson award for Best Adaptation), Delicate Particle Logic, Borrowed Babies and Predictor, which will receive a National New Play Network rolling world premiere for the 2020-2021 season. Jennifer was the recipient of the 2015 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award for Emerging American Playwright, and her screenplay for Human Terrain won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation award through the Tribeca Film Institute. Jennifer is a two-time O’Neill finalist, her writing has been short-listed for the Princess Grace Award and the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship, and has been developed by Seven Devils, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Repertory Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, The Lark and Activate Midwest.

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