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Jennifer Tuttle

Assistant Professor

School/Division

Division of Humanities and the Arts

Department

Theatre and Speech

Office

CG 322

  • Profile

    Teaching Philosophy

    As an artist and teacher, I believe in the power of training over talent.  That the person that challenges him or herself the most will grow and go the furthest.  I believe that a cooperative and collaborative attitude is one of the strongest assets a theatre artist can possess.  I believe that theatre is a craft.  That discipline is essential.  That process is just as important as production.  I believe that the artist should never be afraid to try, to look ridiculous, to fail, to play, to laugh, to be daring.  As a teacher, I strive to teach this philosophy and to teach students tools that they can use for the rest of their lives.  I believe that theory always needs to be put into practice.  The actor needs to understand their instrument – how to ground themselves physically, how to engage the text, to free their voices, to create character, relationship and metaphor – what Michael Chekhov referred to as the Four Brothers: a feeling of ease, form, beauty and the whole.

    My classroom is collaborative and cooperative.  I encourage risk taking, but provide a safe, inclusive environment where playing, exploration, and trial and error are valued.  I truly believe that nothing is a mistake, just an opportunity to learn by assessing what works and what doesn't work.  I believe that the discipline of theatre requires communication, problem solving, creative thinking, self-expression and confidence, skills that make theatre students resourceful, not just in their chosen craft, but in life.  

     
  • Education

    Degrees

    MFA – Theatre/Acting, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
    Hilberry Repertory Theatre Company Actor
    Graduate Fellowship

    BA – English Literature/Theatre, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude 

    Certification/Certificates

    Teacher Certification
    Michael Chekhov Acting Technique
    Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium/Kent State University

    Certificates
    Moscow Art Theatre School, Summer Intensive, Moscow, Russia  
    Dell Arte School of Physical Theatre, Mask Making and Performance, Blue Lake, CA

  • Courses Taught

    Acting, Speech for the Stage and Body Movement

  • Research Interests

    Professional Development Training

    Michael Chekhov Technique

    • International Michael Chekhov Workshop, MICHA, Boston, 2011
    • Michael Chekhov Technique for the Director Workshop, MICHA, New York, 2010

    Movement

    • Margolis Method, Balance Arts Center, New York, 2013
    • Movement Summer Intensive Program, Actor's Movement Studio, New York, 2011

    Voice

    • Advanced Shakespeare with Kristin Linklater, Linklater Center, New York, 2013
    • Voice for the Actor with Patsy Rodenburg, Michael Howard Studios, New York, 2009
    • Voice, Verse and Classical Text with Andrew Wade, Actor's Movement Studio, 2010

    Shakespeare

    • Shakespeare's Heightened Language with Patsy Rodenburg, Michael Howard Studios, New York, 2009
    • Bringing Shakespeare to Life, Stratford Festival, 2004
  • Additional Information

    Awards

    • Winner: Best Actor in a Season, Detroit Free Press, 2004
    • Winner: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, Between the Lines (Detroit), 2004 
    • Winner: Best Actress in a Comedy, Between the Lines (Detroit), 2003

    Professional Organizations/Affiliations

    Member Actors' Equity Association (AEA)
    Member Voice and Speech Teachers Association (VASTA)

    Professional Credits

    ACTOR (partial):

    New York Theatre
    Mercutio, Romeo & Juliet @ The Wild Project
    Solange, The Maids @ Riverside Theatre
    Driscoll/Reporter, Bury the Dead @ Upon These Boards

    Regional Theatre
    The Wife, Yes. No. (Maybe So.) @ Milwaukee Repertory Theater
    Anna Jackson, Stonewall Country @ Theater at Lime Kiln
    Morning Star/Mary Ann Rowen, The Kentucky Cycle @ Hilberry Repertory Theatre
    First Witch, Macbeth @  Hilberry Repertory Theatre
    Alexa Vere de Vere, As Bees in Honey Drown @ Le Chat Noir/Brava Productions
    Regan, King Lear @ Dog & Pony Theatre Co.
    Brooke/Vicki, Noises Off @ Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

    Improv
    Troupe Member            BROWN! Improv Comedy Troupe

    DIRECTOR (partial):
    • REDlight, NYC Fringe Festival – New York, NY
    • Born MYdentity (new solo work), Two Moon Art House – Brooklyn, NY
    • The House of Blue Leaves, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, MN
    • Arsenic and Old Lace, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
    • Shout! The Mod Musical, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
    • Three Sisters, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
    • REDlight, Brooklyn Theatre Exchange/BAX – Brooklyn, NY (curated workshop)
    • Cabaret, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
    • The Sound of Music, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
    • Tartuffe, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
    • The Seafarer, Theatre B – Fargo, ND
    • The Music Man, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
    • Hamlet, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
    • True West, Big Shoulders Theatre Company – New Orleans, LA

    DIALECT COACH (partial):

    • My Fair Lady, 2012 – British RP and Cockney
    • Lucky Stiff, 2012 – British Estuary, Cockney, Italian, French, Texan, Brooklyn
    • Shout! The Mod Musical, 2012 – Cockney, Manchester and RP
    • Laughter on the 23rd Floor, 2012 – Brooklyn
    • The 39 Steps, 2011 – British RP and Cockney, Scottish Burr, Yorkshire and German
    • Unnecessary Farce, 2011 – Scottish Burr
    • Cabaret, 2011 – German, RP, French, Texas
    • The Rocky Horror Show, 2010 – Hungarian and German Dialects
    • The Kentucky Cycle, 2004 – Southern Rhotic Dialect
    • Macbeth, 2004 – American Standard Dialect
    • Great Expectations, 2003 – British RP Dialect
    PRODUCER (partial):
    • "The Collector" Short Film, 2009: Winner Best Documentary – NYC Downtown Short Film Festival (2011), Official Selection – Boston Underground Film Festival (2011), Official Selection – Boston LGBT Film Festival (2011), Official Selection – World Wide Short Film Festival (2010)
    • Wyoming AIDS Walk, commercial spot: "WALK," aired March/April 2009 and 2010
    • Nike Rockstar Workout Videos: "Nu Soul," 2008 and "Hip Hop," 2007
    • Philanthromedia, "Dialogue for the Discerning Donor," webcast series, 2007-2008

     
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