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Jennifer Hunter (2000)

Graduate Student Postmodern Scene with Undergraduate Actors

Jennifer (Meyer) Hunter is a full professor and the Artistic Director of the theatre program at University of Northwestern-St Paul in Minnesota, a position she has held since 2014. Before that, she led the theatre program at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 2000-2014. Since earning the MFA in 2000, Jennifer has been honored as a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab 2009 and the Directors Lab North 2011. In Summer 2012, Jennifer was a Juilliard Directing Fellow.

At the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Jennifer worked with Dramaturg Anne Cattaneo to have John Guare release professional rights to his adaptation of His Girl Friday. Before Cornerstone University, the only productions were at the National Theatre in London, and at the Guthrie Theatre in Minnesota. After Cornerstone's production, it was released for college and community theatre productions.

Jennifer has been recognized in the Grand Rapids community with numerous nominations and wins for Outstanding Collegiate Director and Outstanding College Production at the Grand Rapids Grand Awards.

A longtime collaborator with local award winning playwright Max Bush, she was commissioned to direct his one-act play The Jealous Husband for the Grand Rapids Art Museum. For four summers in a row, Jennifer worked with Circle Theatre Grand Rapids and Max Bush on adaptations of fairy tales for Magic Circle: The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Puss in Boots. She also directs in the SRT program for Grand Rapids Civic Theatre: James and the Giant Peach, Bunnicula, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses, written for her by Max Bush.

Jennifer has directed more than fifty plays and/or musicals, and provides leadership for the UNW theatre program producing and hiring various contracted guest directors, choreographers and designers, and developing relationships with local theatres in the twin cities. The theatre program houses around 30 theatre majors a year, and she is currently working on a proposed new music theatre Major.

While at Baylor, Jennifer served as an intern in New York under the renowned director Michael Bogdanov on the musical in workshop Lone Star Love with Jim Belushi (Dodger Productions). She also spent a summer as a casting assistant with Bernard Telsey Casting (now Telsey + Company) working on the Broadway productions of Rent and De La Guarda.

Jennifer and her husband Jason have four daughters: Madeline, Savanah, Ava and Emerson.

Jennifer's thesis project was Collected Stories by Donald Margulies.

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