Artist StatementJennifer has traveled the world recording women’s stories and crafting their voices into theatrical shows for the Letters to Clio series. She has shared these shows off-Broadway, in universities, at spiritual retreats, for local high-schools, and for Fortune 500 companies. The award-winning, critically acclaimed Appearance of Life is the most recognized show in the Letters to Clio series, and is still on tour today. Building on the foundation of the Letters to Clio model, Jennifer expanded her work and developed an in-depth curriculum called the Collective Story Method™. The Collective Story Method™ (CSM) is built upon her now decades of work in empowering individuals to tell their stories. CSM is designed to focus first on the personal, then the individual in relation to the collective, and finally on the collective as a whole. She has used this method with students to help build understanding and compassion in their immediate communities. And she has used this grassroots approach to help companies, organizations, and communities form and live their mission statements through the power of putting story into action.
Jennifer S. Jones is a writer and actor with a diverse background in education, community development, and intercultural training. She holds a BA (Theater) from Connecticut College and an MFA (Playwriting) from the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received the Chair Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement. Her plays include Sunday’s Child, winner of Panndora’s Box Festival, 2009, Reston Players Festival, 2010;The Well, a finalist for the Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival in 2007; Yellow Rose; Ship of Lights, finalist for the Goldberg Award for Excellence in Playwriting in 2004; West of Wyoming; HIM / HER ; and her one-woman show Appearance of Life, seen off-Broadway, NYC ; the Capital Fringe (Editor's Pick) and the New York International Fringe Festivals ; and at the Women Playwrights International Festival in Mumbai. Appearance of Life received the Kennedy Center’s KCACTF Regional Award for Best One Act as well as the Alberto Vilar Fellowship nomination. Jennifer has been commissioned by Hildebrandt International, resulting in the play Inside-Out; Thomson Reuters & Hildebrandt International, for the screenplay Reputation at Risk; Beazley Insurance of London, for the screenplay A&E Risk Management; and the Stanford Symphony, culminating in Transfigured Night.