About Jennifer

Jennifer Jasper is a hilarious storyteller, writer, performer and director. She’s known for her consummate storytelling, her pristine timing and her intuitive director’s eye. As a performer and writer Ms. Jasper possesses an uncanny capacity for creating memorable characters that are colorful, often outlandish and always emotionally authentic. She recently relocated from Seattle to Bennington, Vermont, where she is getting involved in the local storytelling scene and working on a new play and other writing projects.

A collection of six short plays entitled PRESSING MATTERS premiered Off Broadway on Theatre Row, April 20, 2017, produced by Mary J. Davis and MBL Productions, Inc. In 2016 her short play EGGS was one of nine plays chosen for City Theatre’s (Miami) acclaimed Summer Shorts series. Her short play ET•Y•MOL•O•GY was one of the six winners (out of 1,385 submissions) of the 39th Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City.

In the last year she has directed solo shows for Kevin Kent, EULOGY; Mik Kuhlman’s award-winning show HOUSE #30 which is being performed internationally; and Eric Lane Barnes’ IS IT JUST ME?.

Ms. Jasper’s solo work includes: I CAN HEAR YOU…BUT I’M NOT LISTENING which has been performed nationally; IT WILL KILL THEM, created for Seattle Gay City Art’s inaugural season; and her most recent show, BULLYGIRL, which received an Artist Trust GAP Grant to continue development for touring in middle schools.

She produced, hosted and curated a monthly cabaret FAMILY AFFAIR–CABARET SERVED UP FAMILY-STYLE in Seattle, 2012-2016. The show was a family-themed storytelling cabaret in all artistic mediums and raised money each month for a member of the arts community going through a financial crisis. She hopes to relaunch FAMILY AFFAIR on a quarterly basis in southern Vermont.

Ms. Jasper received her BA in Directing from the University of New Mexico. She co-founded the improvisational company Kings’ Elephant Theatre. After a decade of critical and commercial success with Kings’ Elephant, she went on to co-found Vixen Productions (1995–2005). This all-woman company toured and performed nationally. She was resident director of Printer’s Devil Theater 2010–2014 and is a regular participant in The 14/48 Projects. She is a member of Dramatists Guild of America.



City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting—Finalist • 2016
Short play EGGS was a finalist for 2016

Artist Trust GAP Grant • 2016
Grant to take “BullyGirl” into middle schools.

Willapa Bay Artist in Residence (August) • 2015

Rain City Projects—Sweetness Grant • 2015

Freehold Theatre School • 2015
Guest Teaching Artist. Intensive workshop “Telling Your Story”

Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival • 2014
“et•y•mol•o•gy” Winner (out of 1,385 submissions) of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City. The play is published and licensed by Samuel French and included in a short play anthology.

Artist Support Residence, Jack Straw Productions • 2013
Jennifer was awarded one of eight Artist Support grants from Jack Straw Productions to record her stories.

Mazen Award Winner (Summer) • 2011
The Mazen Award is awarded to veteran participants of 14/48 The World’s Quickest Theater Festival who embody the spirit of community and risk-taking inherent in our process. The award is named for longtime Seattle actor Glenn Mazen, a supporter of the festival who passed away in 2003.


February, 2018


  • et•y•mol•o•gy Run time: 10 minutes
    Seven words map the course of Susan Anne’s and Calvin’s life.
    2014 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival—Winner
    Published and licensed by Samuel French, Inc. in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 39th Series
  • Oscar Clyde Denman Run time: 25 minutes
    A young woman’s perpetual quest to move forward.
  • Spoiled Run time: 10 minutes
    Parenting is taken to the extreme.
  • No Apologies Run time: 10 minutes
    A unique view on bullying.
  • Destination Unknown Run time: 12 minutes
    Passengers await their final destination.
  • Inheritance Run time: 15 minutes
    Changes and choices for three generations of women.
  • Pressing Matters Run time: 25 minutes
    As one woman remembers a journey together, another prepares for a journey alone.
  • Eggs / Free Range Run time: 10 minutes
    Parenting is an obstacle course in the 21st century.
    Play is available for a two-person cast (Eggs) or as a monologue (Free Range).
    EGGS was a finalist for the 2016 City Theatre (Miami) National Award for Short Playwriting.
  • Here, Gus Run time: 10 minutes
    A daughter and her father’s best friend meet for the first time.

Jennifer in Action


Jennifer tells a story about her brush with death.
Back Fence PDX is a live storytelling series in Portland, OR.
Filmed live at the Mission Theater.
January 23, 2013 • Russian Roulette

Back Fence PDX is a live storytelling series in Portland, OR. Filmed live at the Mission Theater. November 14, 2012 • Theme: Catch Me If You Can

Excerpts from Jennifer’s one-woman show “I can hear you…but I’m not listening.” July 28, 2012, Theatre Off Jackson, Seattle, Washington

Excerpt from “Middle.” Solo Performance Festival at Theatre Off Jackson – 2010

Family Affair Reel


Solo Shows


Conceived and performed by Jennifer Jasper. Storyteller Jennifer Jasper pulls no punches in Bullygirl as she delves into the darkness of adolescence to pick at the bones of her self-esteem. Told in her unique voice mixing pathos and hilarity, Jasper spits out tales of bullies, victims in plaid stretch pants, a shunning, and a young teacher’s near breakdown as she revisits the halls of horror: Junior High.

“I Can Hear You…But I’m Not Listening”

Conceived and performed by Jennifer Jasper. Jasper explores her experiences as the middle daughter in a family of five girls with colorful (and off-color) stories in her own unique storytelling style. From her early efforts at speech therapy to her Laura Ingalls Wilder obsession to her discovery of her grandfather’s “interesting” hobby, Jasper’s expert comic skills and her gift for wringing laughs from the dark and uncomfortable moments of growing up make each performance unique and revealing.

“It Will Kill Them!”

Conceived and performed by Jennifer Jasper. Everyone has tried to put Jennifer Jasper in a box. Is she a queer artist? Lesbian? Bisexual? Mainstream? In her signature comedic storytelling style, “It Will Kill Them!” explores the struggle she’s had with the need people have to label her. She has been performing improvisational stories of her life for decades. Recently, she had critical success with her one-woman show, “I Can Hear You…but I’m Not Listening.”


Conceived and performed by Jennifer Jasper. Improvisational performer Jennifer Jasper takes you on a journey from growing up the middle child to the middle of her own mid-life.