About Jenny Egan

Jenny Egan's many-faceted career has won her wide recognition as an actress, director, playwright, scholar, and teacher. Winner of the coveted Clarence Derwent Award for her debut performance on Broadway as Mary Warren in The Crucible, she later replaced the ailing Anne Bancroft in Boston in the leading role of The Devils. ​ She has created roles in the American premieres of plays by Albee, Arrabal, and Ionesco, and was starred in the Berlin Festival production of Heaven and Earth by Gerlind Reinshagen. As actress, Assistant Director, and Makeup Consultant, she has been associated with the NY Shakespeare Festival (under a Ford Foundation grant), the Phoenix Theatre, and the Lincoln Center Repertory. Her film and television credits include featured parts alongside such stars as George C. Scott, Haley Mills, and Joanne Woodward. Eventually, she was honored by Grinnell College for her distinguished service to the arts.


A noted acting coach, Jenny Egan taught on the faculty of the Columbia Graduate School of the Arts, at NYU, where she earned a doctorate in the Humanities, and for the Berghof and Stella Adler Studios. She has directed or guest lectured at the Canadian Youth Theatre Conference, the National Park Service, Post College, and was Visiting Professor of Theatre and Master Teacher of Acting at SMU. A film she wrote and directed, In Freedom Born, was a finalist in the American Educational Film Festival, and her television adaptation The Miraculous Mummer, was aired on PBS.


She was founder and director of the Four Winds Theatre, Inc., an innovative non-profit company specializing in documentary dramas performed in the U.S., most notably at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, and abroad at historic houses under ambassadorial sponsorship. She has designed extensively for Off-Broadway and university theatre, and was the recipient of a $25,000 grant to write and mount The Taking, a documentary on the Spanish Conquest.  


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What They've Said ...


     "The Jenny Egan Workshop Courses are ideal training for the actor in search of broadening his range on stage."

- PAUL SHYRE, Broadway Director


     "I am able to endorse , and that highly, the fine craftsmanship of Jenny Egan. She is that rare combination of the technical and the intuitive artist so essential to the theater."

JOSEPH PAPP, Producer, N.Y. Shakespeare  Festival


     "I can't begin to tell you how much I admire the work you have done in the theatre and your own Workshop as director, teacher and actress through the years I have known you.

     The sort of training in style which your Workshop offers to actors, singers and dancers is of the utmost importance."

JEAN DALRYMPLE, ​Director N.Y. City Center


     "The Jenny Egan Workshop, which stresses the importance of training for repertory, has my enthusiastic approval."

-ALAN SCHNEIDER, Broadway Director


         "The aspects of the actor's work dealt with in the curriculum of the Jenny Egan Drama Workshop are those most vital to preparation for today's theatre. Jenny Egan is well qualified as director and teacher to serve as guide and mentor. 

-STUART VAUGHAN, Artistic Director, Seattle Repertory Theatre


          "Jenny Egan has my very best recommendation. She is a superb artist and has done magnificent work."

-STELLA ADLER

JENNY EGAN

Broadway Award-winning

Actress, Director, Author,

​Master Teacher (SMU)