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Jenny Mercein
Assistant Professor

Head of Undergraduate Acting Program

Education

MFA, University of Washington

Biography

Jenny Mercein received her B.A. in Theater Studies and the History of Art from Yale and her M.F.A. in Acting from The University of Washington. Acting credits include "30 Rock," "Blue Bloods," "Unforgettable," "Law & Order" and extensive theater credits including Keen Company, New Georges, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Connecticut Free Shakespeare, Florida Studio Theatre, White Heron Theatre, and Fulton Opera House. Recent directing credits include "Too Much Water" for UCSB and "Heathers the Musical" for Santa Barbara's Out of the Box Theatre. Jenny has taught at various institutions including University of California Santa Barbara, Westmont College, AMDA (NY), Fordham, Queens College, and Nassau Community College. Along with KJ Sanchez, Jenny is the co-creator of the acclaimed documentary theater play X's and O's, about football and traumatic brain injury. X's and O's premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theater in January of 2015 under the direction of Tony award winning director Tony Taccone and had a subsequent run at Baltimore Center Stage in December of 2015. X's and O's received extensive national coverage including features in The New York Times and NPR's Weekend Edition and was awarded the Rella Lossy Playwright Prize by the San Francisco Foundation. Jenny has also written several solo shows including "Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge" (directed by Ryder Thornton), "Waiting," and "pretty." For more information, visit www.jennymercein.com.