In love with history from a young age, Jen found herself naturally drawn to costuming and the history of fashion and bodily adornment. Her work, techniques, and designs strongly draw on an intense interest to connect with the character or person through intimate means: to understand what they wore, how it fit and felt, their transparent quirks. Diaries, novels, original tailors' drafts, newspaper articles, illustrations, paintings, and old lost family photographs are all her source material.
Jen graduated from Bennington College with a focus in Costume Design and Japanese, and furthered her study of technical costuming at Boston University, where she graduated with an MFA in Costume Production. Professionally, Jen has worked alternatively as a costume technician and crafts artisan for shows at the Santa Fe Opera, American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Costume Works Inc., New Repertory Theatre, Boston Lyric Opera, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. She also toured with Cirque du Soleil's show, OVO, as a wardrobe assistant and dresser.
She's also fiercely passionate about exploring the world and the roughing it in the great outdoors. A longtime bike commuter, she has been active helping to raise funds for organizations that fight for safer streets and promote alternative transportation.
Recent favorite work: Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington Theatre, 2016), Nice Fish (A.R.T., 2015), A Confederacy of Dunces (Huntington Theatre, 2015), A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre, 2015), Waitress the Musical (A.R.T., 2015). Jen currently works as a freelance costume technician, craftsperson, and designer in the Boston area. References upon request.