Jennifer Green

Artist • Teaching • Literary Arts, Theater

Jennifer Green is the Artistic Director at Piven Theatre and has been part of the Piven community for nearly twenty years. Beginning as a student of Byrne and Joyce Piven, Jennifer became part of the Workshop faculty in 1993 teaching theatre games, improvisation, story theatre and scene study to both young people and adults. At Piven Theatre, Jennifer’s professional directing credits include NEVER IN MY LIFETIME (named one of the Top 10 Shows of the year by the Chicago Sun-Times), BURN THIS (Jeff Recommended), BOOK OF DAYS (Chicago premiere), MAD FOREST (After Dark Award: Best Ensemble), OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD, GREAT EXPECTATIONS (world premiere), LADY CHAPLIN AND HER TRAMP (world premiere), MAD DANCERS (Chicago premiere), and SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME (Jeff Recommended). Since 1997, she has also been an adapter and director with Piven’s acclaimed Young People’s Company. Other directorial credits include: FOR YOU WERE A STRANGER at The Hothouse, PANGS OF THE MESSIAH at Silk Road Theatre Project, THE END OF CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT for the Ripped Project with American Blues Theater, STORYBOX with the Chicago Improv Festival, and ORLANDO (assistant director) at the Actor’s Gang in Los Angeles. She is a Theatre Communications Group’s New Generation Fellow, an adjunct faculty member of Northwestern University, and has been a teaching artist with Urban Gateways, the Illinois Arts Council, Marwen, DePaul University, and National-Louis University.


More on Jennifer’s Urban Gateways programs and directing experience:

Developing Teamwork through Theatre

Young Chicago Actors Tackle London Drama in Tusk Tusk




Under the wild and wonderful direction of Jennifer Green, these young actors are terrific to watch.
Chicago Sun-Times (Review of Piven Theatre's "Tusk Tusk", 2012)