WORKING GROUP COMPANY
A graduate of the University of Iowa MFA Playwrights Workshop, Jennifer’s plays have been produced at the Tennessee WomenÕs Theatre Project (Nashville), The Drilling Company (New York), Riverside Theatre (Iowa City), Available Light Theatre (Columbus), the Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls, NY), Alcyone Festival (Chicago), Theatre Masters (Aspen/West Palm Beach), the Hatchery Festival (Washington, DC), and developed at the Lark Playwright’s Week, Cultural Conversations (Penn State), the LiPttle Festival of the Unexpected (Portland Stage Company, ME), Central Square Theatre and M.I.T. (Cambridge, MA), Curious Theatre (Denver), Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Palm Beach Dramaworks (West Palm Beach, FL), and Performance Network Theatre (Ann Arbor, MI). Prior to moving to the U.S., Jennifer worked in Toronto, Canada, where she toured with her company, Red Engine Productions, to festivals across the country.
In 2013, Jennifer had three plays premiere: The Broken Chord (Hancher Auditorium commission) about caregivers and AlzheimerÕs Disease, Birth Witches (Riverside Theatre/Cornell College) and her youth show about cyber bullying, Out of Bounds (Hancher Auditorium commission). Out of Bounds is continuing to tour schools in 2014 and will be presented as a full length play by Hancher in May 2014.
Jennifer has directed two original shows for The Telling Project (Austin, TX), Telling: Iowa City (which she co-wrote with Jonathan Wei), and Telling: Des Moines, working with veterans to tell their stories to their communities.
As an actor Jennifer has performed with Working Group Theatre, Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Theatre, Iowa Summer Repretory Theatre, and numerous theatres in Toronto, Canada. Televison credits include Monk (USA Network), Noddy and Friends (Catalyst Entertainment), Christmas on Delancy Street (Glendale Productions), and numerous commercials and voiceovers.
In 2013, Jennifer made her third trip to Africa as a teaching artist and director with the International Theatre and Literacy Project. In both 2011 and 2013, she helped the students of Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda create an original play about their lives The 2011, play toured to the Centre x Centre International Theatre Festival in Kigali. In 2010, Jennifer worked on another original play with students in Arusha, Tanzania which was performed for the community. Find out more by visiting: www.jenniferfawcett.org
Director, Playwright, Solo Performer and Filmmaker, Sean’s plays and solo performances have been performed internationally at the Institut Del Teatre in Barcelona, Spain; at Orange Tea Theatre in Amsterdam, Netherlands; at the Uno Festival of Solo Performance in Victoria, British Columbia; in Rwanda at the Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival; and with Ghost Dog Productions on tour throughout the United Kingdom. In the United States his work has been produced across the continental US at Baltimore Centerstage (MD), Interact Theatre, Graterford Prison, Luna Theater and Touchstone Theatre (PA), Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Washington DC), Southern Rep (New Orleans), American Theater Company, Prologue Theatre and Halcyon Theatre (Chicago), Hancher Auditorium, the Englert Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Grinnell College Center Stage Series, CSPS/Legion Arts and Luther College’s Center of Faith and Life (Iowa), Available Light Theatre, Know Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre and Actor’s Summit (Ohio)Lied Center for Performing Arts (Nebraska), Redfern Performing Arts Center and Pontine Theatre (New Hampshire), Salt Lake Acting Company (Utah), Sandglass Theatre (Vermont), Hartbeat Ensemble (Connecticut); Horizon Theatre (Atlanta); Equinox Theatre (Montana); Blank Theatre and Theatre of Note (Los Angeles); Empty Boat and the Idaho Juvenile Detention Center (Idaho); Revolutions International Theatre Festival (New Mexico), Ko Festival of Performance (Massachusetts), Cape May Stage (New Jersey), Lawrence Arts Center (Kansas) and Adirondack Theatre Festival, Drilling Company, Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, Bowery Poetry Club and Theater for the New City in his native New York.
His plays and solo pieces have been developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Lark New Play Development Center, National Center for New Plays/Stanford University, PlayPenn, NYU’S HotInk Festival of International Playwriting, Kitchen Dog Theater’s New Works Festival and Orlando Shakespeare Festival’s PLAYFEST.
His first feature film as a writer and director, THESE HOPELESS SAVAGES, has been nominated Awards from film festivals across the United States and Europe (Twin Cities Film Festival, Snowdance International Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, 30 Under 30 Film Festival, Indianapolis International Film Festival, Long Beach Indie, Hoboken International Film Festival, Beacon Independent Film Festival, Hamilton Ontario Film Festival, Wild Rose International Film Festival, Nevada City International Film Festival, Red Dirt International Film Festival). He also collaborated with noted indie director Hal Hartley on his series MY AMERICA, scripting the episode entitled “THE ‘GO.”
A noted essayist, he can be heard on NPR’S This American Life.
Martin Andrews is an actor, director, voice coach, and theatre facilitator. In 2009 he co-founded Working Group Theatre where he has helped to create new plays that have been published in the New York Times Magazine and called “… some of the most important political theatre of the decade” by the Huffington Post. His work has received support from The Association of Performing Arts Presenters/ Met Life Foundation Re-imagining Community Participation Program, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Iowa Arts Council, The University of Iowa, and The United States Department of Justice. Currently, he is creating/developing the New Mexico Shakespeare Project, a collaboration among professional actors and directors Albuquerque and Santa Fe. He was the Core Creator of The Broken Chord Project, a year-long examination of Alzheimer’s Disease carried out through interviews with patients, doctors and caregivers; improvisation and storytelling classes with dementia patients; and service as bedside Hospice aides. He is the creator and director of Was the Word , a monthly spoken word, storytelling, and music series that raises money for human service organizations. In 2011 he created Make It Better, Iowa, a Theatre of the Oppressed training series for LGBT Youth dealing with harassment. He co-directed Telling: Iowa City in 2012, a full length play created from the stories of returning veterans and acted by the vets themselves. As an actor, Martin has originated roles in seven world premiere plays with Working Group. He has continued to act around the country developing new work and performing established plays.
Martin is a certified Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and was Co-Creator and Co-Director of the FIRST INTERNATIONAL FITZMAURICE VOICEWORK CONFERENCE in Barcelona, Spain, which brought together over 50 students and teachers from nine countries. He serves as the Assistant Director of Community Development for The Fitzmaurice Institute. He has worked extensively as a voiceover artist, and founded his own voice over company in January 2010, Canopy Creative Productions, where he directs voice actors and oversees audio editing and production. As a voice and public speaking coach, Martin has helped both actors and non-actors develop the tools to tell their stories clearly and effectively.
Martin earned his MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa, and an M.Ed and a BA from The Ohio State University.