Jenna McKellips (she)

ADAPTER/ DIRECTOR

Jenna is a current PhD student in the English Department at the University of Toronto, and her dissertation project examines gender performance on and off East Anglian stages, with a primary focus on the Digby Mary Magdalene.  She received her BA at St. Olaf College in English and Theatre and earned her MA in English at the University of Toronto.  In addition to her research in medieval drama, she actively participates in theatre as an actor, director, lighting designer, and makeup artist.  Most recently, she wrote a play for the Ithaca College Quarantine Bakeoff online performance, performed in Comedy of Errors for Shakespeare in Clement Park in Colorado, acted in a Poculi Ludique Societas production of Hrotsvitha’s Dulcitius, and taught a series of online workshops about performing Shakespeare for the Zürich English-Speaking Theatre (ZEST) Company.  During her undergraduate, Jenna founded an all-womxn classical theatre company called the Muse Project; during her tenure as the artistic director for Muse, she directed a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.  The translation and adaptation used for The Mary Magdalene Project has been a hands-on type of research for Jenna's PhD project.