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Jenny McConnell Frederick, Artistic Director

“Rorschach Theatre’s brilliant new play… Truth & Beauty Bombs lights the world on fire and dances in the flames. It destroys preconceived notions and offers a new, poetic language for philosophical discussions of life and death.” – DC Theatre Scene


Jenny McConnell Frederick is the co-Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre. She founded the company in the summer of 1999 with Randy Baker.

For Rorschach, she has directed the Helen Hayes Nominated Voices Underwater and God of Vengeance as well as Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Dead CityThis Storm is What We Call ProgressRough MagicThe Arabian NightThe Scarlet LetterMaster and MargaritaA Clearing in the Woods, and The IllusionIn 2015, she conceived of and directed Truth & Beauty Bombs, an original work based on the Canadian web comic “A Softer World.”

Jenny also serves as Director of Artistic Programs (and currently Interim Deputy Director) at CulturalDC.  As Artistic Director of CulturalDC’s Source Festival she oversees the selection, development and production of 24 new works for the stage each year. Through the Mead Theatre Lab Program, she directs the artist selection and recruitment process and oversees the Theatre Lab’s advisory panel.  She works closely with artists in both programs to create, develop and produce their own work.

In the DC Area she has directed for Theater J (G_d’s Honest Truth), Young Playwrights Theatre and Catholic University (Fifi & Hunter Forever).  She’s served as a mentor director for the Theatre Lab’s Honors Acting Conservatory and for the Kennedy Centers American College Theatre Festival. She was was recently the featured speaker at the CityWrights Conference in Miami.

Jenny is a member of Young Playwrights Theatre Artistic Company and a former member of the Helen Hayes Awards Board of Governors and the Hub Theatre Advisory Board.  Work developed and produced by Jenny at the Source Festival boasts multiple National New Play Network Rolling World Premieres, several American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Award Nominations and an Osborn Award Winner.  She graduated cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Theatre. She lives in Columbia Heights with her husband and their long term collaboration, a son named Thane.

NEXT UP: Chambers of the Heart, a site-specific immersive experience with Word Dance Theatre at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.