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Jennifer Tuttle

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Jennifer Tuttle

Assistant Professor

CG 322
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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.




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

Courses Taught

Acting 1: Beginning Acting
Acting 2: Acting Realism
Acting 3: Acting the Classics
Speech for the Stage
Physical Comedy and Clowning

Other Institutions:
Acting 1: Principles of Acting
Acting 2: Scene Study
Acting 3: Shakespeare
Acting 3: Period Styles
Acting 4: Auditioning and the Business of Acting
Voice for the Actor
Movement for the Actor
Diction and Dialects
Directing 1: Principles of Directing

Research Interests

My research interests are in psycho-physical acting, voice and classical text and where they intersect.  My artistic interests are new works, and women's voices.


Certified Teacher
Michael Chekhov Acting Technique
Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium/Kent State University
Certified in the Tools of the Technique (Module 1), June 2012
Certified in Applying the Tools to Acting as an Artist (Module 2), June 2013
Certified in Applying the Tools to Directing and Teaching (Module 3), June 2014

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

Additional Professional Development Training

Michael Chekhov Technique

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


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


  • Voice, Movement and Classical Text Intensive, Linklater Center/Columbia University, New York, 2014
  • 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's Heightened Language with Patsy Rodenburg, Michael Howard Studios, New York, 2009
  • Bringing Shakespeare to Life, Stratford Festival, 2004
Additional Information

Professional Organizations/Affiliations

Member Actors' Equity Association (AEA)
Member Voice and Speech Teachers Association (VASTA)
Member Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA)
Member Theatre Communications Group (TCG)
Member Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Member STATERA Foundation: Women in Theatre

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

Troupe Member            BROWN! Improv Comedy Troupe

DIRECTOR (partial):

New York Theatre
This is Not a Lecture (staged reading), Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY
Born MYdentity, New Work Series @Emerging Artists Theatre, New York, NY
We Must Work, Performance Mix Festival @ HERE Arts - New York, NY
REDlight, NYC Fringe Festival – New York, NY
Born MYdentity (workshop), Two Moon Art House – Brooklyn, NY
REDlight (curated workshop), Brooklyn Theatre Exchange/BAX – Brooklyn, NY

Regional Theatre
This is My Last Attempt at Fame, Hastings College – Hastings, NE
Arsenic and Old Lace, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
Shout! The Mod Musical, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
The Sound of Music, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
The Seafarer, Theatre B – Fargo, ND
The Music Man, Straw Hat Players – Moorhead, MN
True West, Big Shoulders Theatre Company – New Orleans, LA

Academic Theatre
The Arabian Nights, City College of New York – New York, NY
Hay Fever, City College of New York – New York, NY
The House of Blue Leaves, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, MN
Three Sisters, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
Cabaret, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
Tartuffe, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
Hamlet, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Moorhead, MN

DIALECT COACH (partial):

My Fair Lady – British RP and Cockney
Lucky Stiff – British Estuary, Cockney, Italian, French, Texan, Brooklyn
Shout! The Mod Musical – Cockney, Manchester and RP
Laughter on the 23rd Floor – Brooklyn
The 39 Steps – British RP and Cockney, Scottish Burr, Yorkshire and German
Unnecessary Farce – Scottish Burr
Cabaret – German, RP, French, Texas
The Rocky Horror Show – Hungarian and German Dialects
The Kentucky Cycle – Southern Rhotic Dialect
Macbeth – American Standard Dialect
Great Expectations – 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


  • 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

Conferences and Presentations

STATERA Foundation Inaugural Conference, 2015
Break-out Session Presentation: Building your Directing Resume
Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City, Utah

Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region V
Invited Scenes Coordinator, 2011
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region V
Presented workshop: Embodying Shakespeare, a psycho-physical approach to classical text, 2010
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

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