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JENNIE OTTERMAN (Director)has over 55 years of theatrical experience, acting in a multitude of productions and directing over 50 plays at Hamilton Southeastern High School including Crimes of the Heart, The Boys Next Door, All My Sons, Godspell and The Glass Menagerie. She holds a BA in English, Speech/Theatre and Psychology from Indiana University and a masters in Theatre Performance from Northwestern University. For twenty-nine years she wrote the curriculum for and taught Public Speaking, Advanced Placement Composition,Creative Writing and Acting I, II, III and IV. She was a long-standing member of the I.R.T.Education Advisory Board and one of the authors for the Department of Education’s state standards for theatre. Since retirement in 2015, Jen has directed A Christmas at Home, Picnic (7 Encore nominations) and Lie, Cheat and Genuflect (Best Director of a Comedy) for Westfield Playhouse. and she acted at Mud Creek as Nat in Rabbit Hole and Grandma in Lost in Yonkers at The Red Barn Summer Theatre in Frankfort. Other directorships include Dinner with Friends at The Red Barn, Hide and Seek at Carmel Community Players, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (9 Encore Awards, including Best Director of a Drama) and Wait Until Dark at The Belfry Theatre in Noblesville. She has directed Noblesville’s Shakespeare in the Park at Federal Hill Commons for the past two years. Her most recent directing was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Mud Creek this past February and Rumors in June at The Basile Westfield Playhouse. In addition, she is a judge for musicals with The Indianapolis Encore Association. Jen was recently nominated for Arts Leader of the Year by the Nickel Plate Arts organization. As an actress, Jen has worked with Ball State Theatre, Clarksville 
Little Theatre, New Albany Players, The Apple Core, Mud Creek and the Red Barn Summer Theatre. Her television credits include a Crest Toothpaste commercial and a local cable feature, in addition to voice over work for The Indiana Historical Society. Some of her favorite acting roles include Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Gypsy in Gypsy, Sally Truman in Lips Together Teeth Apart, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Chris Gorman in Rumors, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Nat in Rabbit Hole, Jill in Butterflies Are Free, Meg in Crimes of the Heart and Roxie Hart in Chicago.


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