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Jay Jennings

Jay Jennings


Jay Jennings is a twenty-five year veteran of Texas State University where he teaches movement and acting. Jay holds a BS degree in Education from A&I Kingsville and a Masters in Theatre from Southwest Texas State University. He also taught at Texas Lutheran University. He began his career as a dancer with the Oakland Ballet Company, followed by international tours of My Fair Lady, and West Side Story with Chita Rivera. Jay also appeared in numerous summer stock productions in Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Houston, and Mexico. After returning to Texas his career interest changed to director and choreographer. He choreographed a touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and directed a touring company of Godspell. Jay has been involved with UIL One Act Play Contests for over twenty years. He has judged at every level including the state contest. He is currently involved with UIL play festivals. While at Texas State University, Jay directed or choreographed over forty productions. Some of his most notable plays and musicals include: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, Amadeus, House of Blue Leaves, Dangerous Liaison, Hair, and West Side Story. His latest production of The Rocky Horror Show broke all box office records. He has also choreographed and directed seven childrens musicals in collaboration with Chuck Pasco. Playwriting has become Jay’s latest passion. With a Ford Foundation Grant, he wrote and produced Children Of The Sun, the story of Cabeza de Vaca, the first Spaniard to explore Texas. His original production, The Meseas won six awards at the American College Theatre Festival, including best new play.