Jennifer (Meyer) Hunter is a full professor and director of the theatre program at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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. This summer for SRT 2013, she is slated to direct The Twelve Dancing Princesses, written for her by Max Bush.
Jennifer has directed more than forty plays and/or musicals, and provides leadership for the CU theatre program producing and hiring various contracted guest directors, choreographers and designers, and developing relationships with Grand Rapids local theatres. She developed and initiated programming beginning with a drama minor, one show season, to a fully realized theatre major and minor, four show main stage season, student directed one-acts, scenes, and full length shows, second stages productions and other showcases, and in 2008 proposed and implemented a new music theatre emphasis.
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's thesis project was Collected Stories by Donald Margulies.