DEPARTMENT OF PERFORMING ARTS
B.F.A. Syracuse University
M.F.A. Yale School of Drama
Jennie Israel is a founding company member of The Actors' Shakespeare Project, where she served for five years as Associate Artistic Director and where she has played the title roles in Medea and The Duchess of Malfi, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Constance in King John, Helena in All's Well That Ends Well, Goneril in King Lear, Calpurnia / Trebonius / Pindarus in Julius Caesar, and Elizabeth in Richard III.
Other local credits include Claire in Boston Marriage, Christine in Dollhouse and Dorine in Tartuffe at The New Repertory Theatre; Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Phebe in As You Like It for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on The Boston Common; Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Huntington Theatre; Living in Exile at the Vineyard Playhouse; Table Manners and Living Together at Gloucester Stage; Molly Maguire at the Sugan Theatre; and Undine's Valediction, Summer, The Scarlet Letter, and Macbeth with Shakespeare & Company.
Regional acting credits include Yale Repertory Theatre, Actors' Theatre of Louisville, The Greenwich Street Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, Theatre Building Chicago, Ohio Theatre Soho, Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Chautauqua Theatre Festival.Film and television credits include Rudy for TriStar Pictures, Guiding Light, and Coming to Litchfield, an independent film. Most recently Jennie directed Chicago, Macbeth, and TheBeaux' Stratagem at Concord Academy and Measure for Measure and Romeo and Juliet for The Hyperion Shakespeare Company at Harvard College. In 1992 Jennie founded Chicago's Eclipse Theatre, still in existence today.
Jennie has taught Shakespearean text, voice, stage dialects and acting at Bowdoin College, Boston College, SUNY/ Purchase, The Boston Conservatory, Harvard College, and is currently on the faculty of Emerson College and Ecole Internationale de Boston. In 2010 Jennie launched "Peaseblossoms, clothing for tots inspired by Will Shakespeare".
Jennie has just returned from the 9th World Shakespeare Congress in Prague where she was invited to present a workshop on her work with incarcerated youth and Shakespeare's words.