Theatre Faculty – Suzanne Jennings


Suzanne Jennings
Acting Instructor 
Intro to Acting, Intermediate Acting, Advanced Acting, Workshop II

Suzanne Jennings, acting coach and director, holds a Master’s degree from the University of Houston, where she studied under Cecil Pickett, Sidney Berger, Edward Albee and José Quintero. Her undergraduate studies were done at the Universities of Texas and Wisconsin.

Named “Most Influential Teacher in the Arts” by Presidential Scholars in the Arts, Julia Krohn and Wayne Wilson and by more than twenty Award Winners in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts competition, she is proud to have taught many successful working actors, comedians, directors, producers and film-makers.

Mrs. Jennings began semi-retirement status after 20 years as the head of the Acting Curricula at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She has worked on over 100 productions and has many professional acting and directing credits, including Hartford Stage in Connecticut during their 1988-89 Tony award-winning season and an off-Broadway production of Othello. Her dramaturgy credits include projects at several theatres with various playwrights. She has directed winning plays for the Playwright’s Festivals at the Alley and Stages Repertory Theatre and has worked with the Children’s Theatre Festival as an Associate Producer and Director. For nine years she was Associate Artistic Director for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and she worked in administration at the Alley Theatre for four years. Her previous teaching posts include the Universities of Houston and St. Thomas.

A co-founder of Illuminations, Theatre With the Deaf, she has incorporated signing actors into a variety of productions to make theatre accessible to deaf audiences.

Along with her husband, artist Rix Jennings, she teaches independent workshops for the “Savvy Actor”, which combines On Camera Acting with basic filmmaking. She has written a children’s book, illustrated by Rix Jennings and serves as Business Manager for Rix, where the artist displays and sells his works in a variety of galleries.

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