Executive Artistic Director
Jennifer is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company. She has dedicated herself for the last two decades to independent theatre in Houston. Mildred’s projects include – AS DIRECTOR: The Moors, The John, Mac Wellman’s Dracula, Cloud Tectonics, Rome, Carnival Round the Central Figure, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Kama Sutra, Dark Matter, Triptych, A Murder of Crows; AS ACTOR: Eros: A Circus (acrobat), Things Being at the Worst (Puttanesca), Tomorrow Morning (Claire), Mac Wellman’s Dracula (Vampirette), [sic] (Babbette), A Long History of Neglect (Justine), One Flea Spare (Darcy), Rot (Claire), Night of the Giant (Clara), Under the Big, Dark Sky (Mother), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Jean), and Kimberly Akimbo (Patty), A Heroine Free Summer (Terry). In the last few years, she has also worked as an actor, director, producer, or advisor with many other independent Houston theatres, including dos chicas, Fan Factory, The Landing Theatre, Thunderclap Productions, Wordsmyth Theatre, The Nova Arts Project, Unhinged Productions, the national reading of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, as well as several local film projects. She has an MLA in English and an MLA in Drama from St. Thomas University. Her writing has been published in Laurels, The Allegheny Review and The Houston Chronicle. She also teaches English and Dramatic Literature at Houston Community College. She received a ‘BEST OF HOUSTON’ Nomination in the Houston Press in 2007 for Best Actress, and a nomination for Best Artistic Director in the 2012 and 2014 Houston Theatre Awards, and she has been featured in the Houston Press’s 100 Creatives.