Jennifer Sassaman

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Directing for the Stage
  • Movement
  • Theater History
  • Voice
  • Acting
Since graduating with an honors BA in Performing Arts Jennifer has directed and choreographed approximately fifty productions; performed in just over half that; recorded vocal tracks for various albums, written several plays and musicals; and taught hundreds of teenagers and college students how to be stronger performers. From 1997-2002 Jennifer was the artistic director of the Philadelphia based theater company The New Mermaid. In May of 2009, she graduated from the Florida State University School of Theatre with an MFA in Directing. After graduating she served on the Board of Directors for The Actor's Center in Washington DC. She then spent two years as as Guest Artist Teacher at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. Now, in addition to her work at Parkside, Jennifer is also the co-artistic director of the Vermont-based summer theater company the Moxie Theater Project.

Teaching Interests

I am interested in teaching Directing I, II, and III with the second level culminating in a one act play festival and the third level being a student directed production with faculty mentoring throughout the process. I am interested in teaching all levels of Theater History. Movement I and II, Text Analysis, Basic Acting, Musical Theater and Auditioning.

Research Interests

I plan to continue my professional work as an actress, a playwright, and a director. I also plan to finish my work towards language proficiency in Spanish so that I can direct, perform and teach in that language as well.

Consulting Interests

Research/Creative Awards

2017: I was selected as the featured artist for an LA-Based industry blog. You can see the artist statement that I wrote for the honor here: http://daisylightproductions.com/2017/02/jennifer-sassaman-theatre-artist-educator/ , Featured Artist, Daiseylight Productions

Departmental Service

2017: Other - Marketing and Publicity
2016: Other - Marketing and Public Relations
2015: Other - Marketing and Public Relations

University Service

2016: Other - Faculty Senate
2016: Committee Chair - Search Committee for Tenure Track Head of Acting Position
THEA 014 - ACTING PRACTICUM
THEA 110 - THEATRE APPRECIATION
THEA 124 - BASIC ACTING
THEA 150 - TEXT ANALYSIS FOR THE THEATRE
THEA 150 - TEXT ANALYSIS FOR THE THEATRE:
THEA 213 - ASSIST DIRECTR/STAGE MNGR
THEA 214 - INTERMED ACTING PRACTICUM
THEA 230 - MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR
THEA 299 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 310 - DIRECTING I
THEA 310 - FUND OF STAGE DIRECTION
THEA 314 - ADVANCED ACTING PRACTICUM
THEA 317 - DRAMATURGY
THEA 355 - THEATRE HISTORY & LIT TO 1660
THEA 356 - THEATRE HIST & LIT 1660-1915
THEA 390 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE ARTS
THEA 410 - DIRECTING II
THEA 426 - ACTING FOR MUSICAL THEATR
THEA 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY