Presenter Profile

Jenny Stafford

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Jenny Stafford is a bookwriter, lyricist, and playwright.  Her lyrics have been heard on Broadway (Cirque du Soliel’s Paramour, Original Broadway Cast Album available), and she holds an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Her works include The Artist and the Scientist (with Brandon Anderson, produced Off-Off-Broadway at CAP21), Prodigy (workshop productions through Collaborative Development Project, Two Rivers Theatre Company, and Indiana University), To Have and to Hold (produced by Prospect Theatre Company and Barrington Stage), Cinderella (commissioned and produced by the Spotlight Youth Theatre), Two Bugs are Better Than One (commissioned and produced Off-Broadway by the New York City Children’s Theatre, all with Willem Oosthuysen), The Star Child (with Sarah Underwood and Josh Freilich, produced at French Woods), Awakening (with Joel B. New and J. Oconer Navarro) and Beating a Dead Horse (winner of the 2017 Reva Shiner Comedy Award, produced at the Bloomington Playwrights Project).  Her work has been featured at the Lincoln Center Songbook Series (The Lyrics of Jennifer Stafford), Prospect Theatre Company, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre Songwriter Salon, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, 54 Below, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, and numerous other NYC venues, including multiple inclusions in William Finn’s Ridiculously Talented concert series. Awards include the Reva Shiner Comedy Award, finalist status for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Competition, as well as second prize in the McLean Drama Company Playwriting Competition, and the Paulette Goddard Award.  She’s been an Artist in Residence at Goodspeed Musicals, CAP 21, the Village Theatre, the Ross Ragland Theatre and the Berkshire Playwrights Theatre.  Dramatists Guild member. Jenny is also a prolific teaching artist, teaching with the Metropolitan Opera Guild (where she was awarded the title of “Master Teaching Artist”), the New York City Children’s Theatre, Trinity Music NYC, and Colorado Christian University.  She has been a guest lecturer at New York University, Baruch College, Indiana University, and Santa Clara University.

Jenny's Workshops


    Page to Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , Tech, ,

    In this session, students will fully stage a small piece of theatre. Choosing to be part of a team (actor, costume designer, set designer, lighting designer, musician, director, etc.), students will collaboratively go through the process of staging a show, from first production meeting to opening night.

    Playwriting

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    In this interactive workshop, students will explore the basics of plot, character, setting, and dramatic arc in the craft of playwriting, and learn how to use their own lives as source material for a play.

    Rock Your Sixteen Bars: The SAVI Technique

    , Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Most auditions only allow sixteen bars (about 30 seconds!) to show who you are and get the part. In this group class, students will explore a sixteen bar cut through the SAVI technique of putting a musical theatre audition together. Learn how to make an exciting, dynamic, and authentic sixteen bar audition. Jenny was "in the room" for the auditions for Prince of Broadway, Rocky, and Anastasia on Broadway, and can tell you what they're looking for...and what they aren't.

    Theatre From Scratch

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    A devised theatre workshop: In this session, students will collaboratively create a piece of devised theatre. Exploration includes mining source material, using found objects, and breaking barriers. Discover how you, the people around you, and your immediate surroundings have everything you need to create a dynamic piece of theatre.

    Writing Musical Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Students will learn the basics of bookwriting, lyric writing, and composition to collaboratively create new musical theatre scenes. Jenny's lyric work has been heard on Broadway, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Dancing with the Stars, to name a few. She holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.