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Jennifer Blackmer is the 2015 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Emerging American playwright. Based in the Midwest, she is a Professor of Theatre and Associate Provost for Entrepreneurial Learning at Ball State University. Her plays have been seen in New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Berkeley and St. Louis, and her work has been developed by Seven Devils, Activate Midwest, Nashville's Ingram New Works Lab, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and The Lark. Plays include Human Terrain (Mustard Seed Theatre, 5th Wall Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre), Unraveled (Theatre Unbound, Nashville Repertory Theatre), Alias Grace (Ball State University, Illinois Shakespeare Festival) Delicate Particle Logic (Indra’s Net, The Playwrights’ Center, Break-a-Leg Productions at CUNY Graduate Center, NYC) and Borrowed Babies (Activate Midwest). Jennifer's screenplay for Human Terrain is a 2016 winner of the Tribeca Film Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Filmmaker Fund. Her work has been a finalist for the David Charles Horn Prize for Emerging Playwrights (Yale Drama Competition), the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest, the Firehouse Festival of New American Theatre, the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference and Jennifer was shortlisted for the Princess Grace Award and the Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship.

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