Jenn Thompson


TACT member since 2002/03 Season.

Jenn Thompson’s work has been seen in NYC and across the country. Her recent production of Women Without Men, for Off-Broadway’s Mint Theatre Company, garnered 2016 Lortel and Off-Broadway Alliance Award nominations for Outstanding Revival as well as 5 Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Director and Revival. Jenn served as Co-Artistic Director of Off-Broadway’s TACT/The Actors Company Theatre from 2011 to 2015. Her directing credits for the company include productions of: Beth Henley’s wild west epic Abundance (Off-Broadway Alliance’s award for Outstanding Revival); William Inge’s gritty urban drama Natural Affection (in its first staging in 50 years); Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize – winning Lost in Yonkers (2012 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play, with revisions approved by Mr. Simon himself); Vaclav Havel’s kafkaesque satire The Memorandum; Sidney Howard’s depression- era comedy The Late Christopher Bean; Alan Ayckbourn’s bittersweet comic romp Bedroom Farce; Tennessee Williams’ poetic romance The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (The New York Times – Year in Theater: Top 10 of 2008); as well as Ladies in RetirementMy 3 AngelsRain and Kind Lady. Other NYC directing credits include the NYC premiere of Holly Webber’s play Pratfalls  (Abingdon); the world-premiere musical Seeing Stars, (NYMF); Badge (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); The Brilliance Of Bernstein (American Musicals Project) and Big Doolie (FringeNYC). She has developed work at MCC, Primary Stages, The Mint Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, York Theatre Company, Abingdon Theatre Company, The Bridge Theatre and Rattlestick, among others. Regional credits include: Bye Bye Birdie (The Goodspeed Opera House), The Call (TheaterWorks Hartford), Angel Street  (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Tribes and Lost in Yonkers (Barrington Stage Company), Peter and the Starcatcher (Pioneer Theatre Company and Victoria Theatre Association); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Denver Center Theatre); Grounded (City Theatre), Abundance (Hartford Stage – multiple Connecticut Critics Circle nominations including Outstanding Director and Play); The Philadelphia Story (Pioneer Theatre Company), The Syringa Tree (Portland Stage Company); All in the Timing Noises OffBarefoot in the Park and Boeing Boeing (Dorset Theatre Festival – where she is a Resident Director), as well as 19 seasons with Connecticut’s award-winning River Rep at the Ivoryton Playhouse where she served as Producing Director working on over 50 productions including directing Damn Yankees, The Heiress, Dinner with Friends and The Foreigner. A 2012 finalist for the SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award, for excellence in New York City directing, Jenn is married to actor Stephen Kunken. They live in Brooklyn with their daughter, Naomi. For more info please visit


As Director:

2016/17: The Gravedigger’s Lullaby
2014/15: The Gravedigger’s Lullaby (newTACTics)
2014/15: Abundance
2013/14: Natural Affection
2011/12: Lost in Yonkers
2010/11: The Memorandum
2009/10: The Late Christopher Bean
2008/09: Ladies in Retirement
2008/09: Bedroom Farce
2007/08: The Eccentricities of a Nightingale
2007/08: My Three Angels
2006/07: Rain
2006/07: Kind Lady

As Actor:

2005/06: Both Your Houses
2003/04: The Marriage of Bette & Boo
2002/03: The Potting Shed
2002/03: Happy Birthday
1998/99: You Can’t Take It with You