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Jennifer Kidwell BIO

Kidwell’s poignant, performer-driven theatre work addresses the complexities of race and notions of American history with sharp intelligence and wry humor. Invested in probing challenging social and historical truths, she says that her work is “concerned with discomfort and/or confusion around normative practices and systems.” With Scott Sheppard, Kidwell premiered and performed in Underground Railroad Game, lauded by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a “brilliant theatrical commentary on contemporary race relations.” A graduate of Pig Iron Theatre Company’s School for Advanced Performance Training, she created and appeared in the company’s project, I Promised Myself to Live Faster, and The Wilma Theater’s production of Antigone. For the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Kidwell performed in Joe Scanlan’s provocative piece, Dick’s Last Stand, as the artist Donelle Woolford. Kidwell is co-artistic director of the theater company Lightning Rod Special and co-founder of the Brooklyn-based performance space JACK.

Jennifer Kidwell STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
Ars Nova Off-Broadway Production, 2016
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Writing


Jennifer Kidwell Awards and Nominations

Obie Awards - 2017 - Best New American Theatre Work

Jennifer Kidwell, Underground Railroad Game

The Lortels - 2017 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Jennifer Kidwell, Underground Railroad Game

The Lortels - 2017 - Outstanding Play

Jennifer KidwellUnderground Railroad Game

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Alex Timbers to be Honored at Ars Nova's Nova Ball

Ars Nova will honor Tony & Golden Globe winner Alex Timbers at Nova Ball, Ars Nova’s annual benefit-turned-party of the season.

Sara Bareilles, Grace McLean, John Behlmann & More to Join ISAAC OLIVER'S LONELY CHRISTMAS at Ars Nova

Ars Nova has revealed an all-star lineup of special guest artists for Isaac Oliver’s Lonely Christmas, a benefit to support Ars Nova. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Ars Nova Unveils November & December Events Including Isaac Oliver's LONELY CHRISTMAS, SHOWGASM & More

Check out the exciting lineup of November and December events announced by Ars Nova, including benefit performances of Isaac Oliver's Lonely Christmas on December 11 and 12. Get your tickets now!

Ars Nova Unveils New Fall 2023 Programming Including SHOWGASM, DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY & More

Check out the exciting new lineup of Fall 2023 shows at Ars Nova, including benefit performances of Dixie's Tupperware Party on NOV 16 & 17. Get your tickets now at Ars Nova's website.

Ars Nova Partners with Julio Torres To Identify, Develop, & Commission New Comedy

To celebrate this partnership, Torres will return to Ars Nova on Oct 26 to host SHOWGASM. Get more information about the event here!

Ars Nova & National Black Theatre to Present World Premiere of (PRAY), A SACRED OFFERING by nicHi douglas

Discover the world premiere of (pray), a captivating production presented by Ars Nova and National Black Theatre in New York City. Don't miss this limited engagement performance that explores the profound power of sacred offerings.

Ars Nova Unveils Exciting 2023-2024 Season Featuring Two World Premieres and Flexible Ticket Pricing

Get a sneak peek of Ars Nova's highly anticipated 2023-2024 season, featuring two world premiere productions. Discover how you can secure your tickets at affordable prices for these must-see shows. Don't miss out on the excitement!

Ars Nova Announces Lineup For 15th Annual ANT Fest

Ars Nova, under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan and Producing Executive Director Renee Blinkwolt, has announced the lineup for its 15th Annual ANT Fest featuring 13 shows, 12 of which will premiere in-person and on Ars Nova Supra with one exclusively premiering on Ars Nova Supra.

ETERNAL LIFE PART 1 At The Wilma Theater Now Streaming

Digital theater pioneer the Wilma Theater is offering a streaming version of its onstage production ETERNAL LIFE PART 1, which was written by Nathan Alan Davis and directed by Morgan Green, who directed the world premiere digital production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning FAT HAM. The production will be available to view on demand from May 1-14.

Ars Nova to Present THE CAMP BONFIRE SERIES, Four-Night Festival of New Comedy

Ars Nova has announced details for the third edition of The CAMP Bonfire Series, a four-night festival of new comedy works created by the organization’s resident comedy artists.

Wilma Theater Presents ETERNAL LIFE PART 1, April 11- 30

The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia is proud to present the world premiere of ETERNAL LIFE PART 1 by Nathan Alan Davis, directed by Co-Artistic Director Morgan Green, on stage April 11-30 2023.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tina Fey & More to Celebrate Ars Nova 20th Anniversary at NOVA BALL

Ars Nova will celebrate its 20th Anniversary and honor its founders Jenny & Jon Steingart at Nova Ball, Ars Nova’s annual benefit-turned-party of the season.

Ars Nova Sets April 2023 Lineup Featuring Deepali Gupta & Jess Ramsay

Ars Nova has announced details for performances taking place in April 2023.

Ars Nova Sets March 2023 Lineup Featuring Mayte Natalio, Roderick Woodruff & More

Ars Nova has announced details for performances taking place in March 2023. See performers and how to purchase tickets.

Ars Nova Announces February 2023 Lineup Featuring Rachel Lark & More

Ars Nova has announce details for performances taking place in February 2023. Singer/songwriter, producer, and playwright Rachel Lark takes center stage in Rachel Lark: Anthems & Confessions For A Complicated World on February 3.

Ars Nova Announces January 2023 Lineup Featuring SHOWGASM: THE CAMP EDITION & More

Ars Nova has announced complete details for performances taking place in January along with highlights and updates for its Spring 2023 season.

Ars Nova Announces 2023 Residencies Welcoming 13 New Artists and Groups to its Resident Artist Community

Ars Nova has announced 13 new artists and groups selected for 2023 residencies. Ars Nova’s dynamic slate of artist residencies and commissions supports outside-the-box thinking and encourages innovative, genre-bending work.

Ars Nova and PlayCo Present World Premiere of Melis Aker's HOUND DOG in October

Ars Nova and PlayCo will present the world premiere of HOUND DOG by 2019 Ars Nova resident artist Melis Aker. Directed by Machel Ross with music by Aker and the Lazours, this cross-cultural jam-session-meets-play explores the winding path towards forgiveness and belonging.

Ars Nova Announces 'Name Your Price' Tickets for 20th Anniversary Season

Ars Nova has announced details for its 20th Anniversary Season, which introduces the What’s Ars Is Yours: Name Your Price ticket initiative.

20 Theater Books for Your Summer 2022 Reading (and Listening) List

Summer is here at last and there is no better time to have fun in the sun with a new read! You're in luck, because this year, Broadway's best have put pen to paper to turn out theatre page-turners of every kind.

Jennifer Kidwell FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Jennifer Kidwell has written 1 shows including Underground Railroad Game (Author).

Jennifer Kidwell has been nominated for several prestigious awards for her work in the play "Underground Railroad Game." These include nominations for Best New American Theatre Work at the Obie Awards, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play at The Lortels, and Outstanding Play at The Lortels.

Jennifer Kidwell has won the Obie Award for Best New American Theatre Work for her role in "Underground Railroad Game".

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