Jennifer Pennington is an Assistant Professor of Acting in the Department of Theatre Arts. She holds an MFA from the University of Tennessee’s International Actor Training Academy and a BFA from the University of Michigan. Jen just finished her 5th season onstage with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and directing Dracula at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. She has worked as an actor, director and educator with companies all over the country including South Coast Repertory Theatre, P.S.Arts, EastLA Classic Theatre, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Michigan Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, The Clarence Brown Theatre, Arizona Shakespeare Festival as well as several theatre companies in the Los Angeles area. Before joining the Department of Theatre Arts, Jen spent 8 years teaching aspiring youth actors at The Commonwealth Theatre Center where she was the Staff Sponsor for the Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Awareness Society. Pennington’s passion is to encourage connection, communication and inclusion through art.