Jenny Connell Davis’s plays include Dragon Play, The Scientific Method, Goddess of Mercy, and End of Shift. In addition to her work with the Playwrights’ Center, her stage plays been developed or produced with the O'Neill, Icicle Creek, ACT in Seattle, the Araca Group, The Gift Theatre, Stage Left and ATC in Chicago, Ars Nova, Asolo Rep, NAATCO, Theater Mitu, New York Stage and Film, Shrewd Productions, Impact Theatre in Berkeley, Chance Theatre, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation.
Her short films have screened at festivals worldwide, including SxSW and Toronto; she currently has full-length films in development with Maven Pictures and Co-opent Films.
She has been a finalist or semi-finalist for Seven Devils, BAPF, the Nicholl (twice), and the Heideman Award, has been an honorable mention on the Kilroys list (2014, 2015) and for the Jane Chambers Award (2014), and has been twice-nominated for both the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Lark/PONY fellowship. She is a proud member of The Gift Theatre, former member of the Ars Nova Play Group, and a recipient of grants and/or commissions from Ars Nova, ScriptWorks, The Playwrights' Center, and the Network of Ensemble Theatres. Jenny was the 2014-2015 Hot Seat Local Writer in Residence at Baltimore's Center Stage Theater, where she helped organize their new Playwrights Collective, and the 2016 Resident Playwright at Chance Theatre in Anaheim, CA.
She trained as an actor at Court and Steppenwolf theaters in Chicago, and in playwriting at University of Texas at Austin. She has taught acting at UT Austin, and playwriting at the Berkeley Carroll School in New York, at UT Austin, and for the Playwrights’ Center. She is represented by Beth Blickers, Lucy Stille and Amanda Hacohen at APA, and managed by Circle of Confusion. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Jenny Connel Davis' SCIENTIFIC METHOD has been selected as a 2017 National Playwriting Conference Finalist! See the link for more information: https://sites.google.com/a/theoneill.org/2017/npc-finalist-list
The Know Theatre's 2016-17 season will include Jenny Connell Davis’s "The Dragon Play" (Jan. 29-Feb. 20, 2017), a dark comedy about a teenage boy and a dragon who fall in love in rural Texas. Tamara Winters will direct. http://www.americantheatre.org/2016/05/24/know-theatre-announces-2016-17...
Three members are part of Chance Theater's 2015 season, with West Coast premieres of Lauren Yee's SAMSARA (April 30 - May 31), Jenny Connell Davis' THE DRAGON PLAY (July 23 - Aug 23) and Samuel D. Hunter's A BRIGHT NEW BOISE (Sept 25 - Oct 25). More info HERE.