Jen is an Edinburgh-based writer and director. She trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at Queen Margaret University, then in Theatre Directing at Mountview. During her time in London she worked with English Touring Opera, Second Skin Theatre and Butterfly, in capacities ranging from technical trainee to dramaturg to director.
Since returning to Edinburgh she has taught Affectable Acting, a new Meisner-based technique, and run literary events at Discover 21 including their popular new writing showcase, Collider. She co-produced controversial immersive play 1933: Eine Nacht im Kabarett at Summerhall and produced and directed three well-received runs of Fiona McDonald's play I Promise I Shall Not Play Billiards.
Jen is now working with Italian-Scots company Charioteer Theatre on their education projects, taking Shakespeare adaptations to the Piccolo Theatre of Milan, and also with Previously... Scotland's History Festival, for whom she is developing an incubator scheme for history plays. She is working on a triptych of plays for Fronteiras Theatre Lab alongside her long-time collaborator Flavia D’Avila.
In her non-theatre life, Jen is a freelance ghostwriter. She has provided copy for a weird and wonderful range of projects, including additional dialogue for Mesoamerican romance novels, scavenger hunts for major European cities, and spells for an app for modern witches. She also teaches in Edinburgh and Milan.