JEN SCHLUETER is a playwright, director, and scholar motivated by a fascination with the limits and possibilities of the archive, and the challenges to fair use, copyright, and creative transformation that this work can engender.
Jen is Joint Artistic Director of the for/word company, an organization dedicated to dynamic stagings and innovative interpretations of material from the historical record. With them, her plays have been staged in Lexington, Chicago, Seattle, New York, and London. She interned in dramaturgy and literary management at the Goodman Theatre (Chicago). Her plays have been hailed as “wistful, poetic, and wise” by The Chicago Tribune and as an “exquisite, strikingly staged fantasia” by Backstage magazine.
Jen’s scholarly work has been published in TDR, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, and in several edited collections. Her current book project, Beyond Steppenwolf: Chicago’s Established Alternative Theaters (coedited with Erica Milkovich) — which draws together the voices of practitioners, critics, and scholars — establishes the vital history of Chicago’s long-lived, non-Equity, ensemble-based companies devoted to staging original work. She also writes a regular column for Dramatists Magazine.
Jen is an award-winning teacher of of studio courses in playwriting, adaptation, devising, and solo performance, as well as seminars in American popular culture.
For OSU’s Department of Theatre, Jen is Director of Undergraduate Studies. She also founded and coordinates the Lab Series, a student-driven, department-nurtured performance series focused on new work development. She regularly collaborates with Available Light Theatre, and is a proud Member of, and Southern Ohio’s Regional Representative to, the Dramatists Guild.