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Jennifer Bakst

Jennifer is a director and dramaturg. Formerly New Work Associate at Kiln Theatre. Currently directing the 15 – 18s Young Company at Kiln Theatre, and has worked with young prisoners as a drama facilitator for the Synergy Theatre Project. As director, work i ncludes ISH (Roundhouse and China Plate), Armstrong’s War (Finborough Theatre), and Pocatello (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts); associate and assistant work includes The Great Wave and Ugly Lies The Bone (National Theatre) and Handbagged (UK tour and NY transfer). Dramatic translation includes Rolf Hochhuth’s Sommer 14 from German to English.


Touring is important because…
it’s is a great way for different communities across the UK to knit together by sharing in a joint creative experience. There’s something really special about getting different groups of people to all engage with the same live story – it can entertain, bring people together, start a debate, provoke, inspire…

What gem did you discover on tour with ETT (could be a landmark/park/cafe/pub etc)?
Whenever I visit a new city, I like to duck into a local charity shop and get myself something so I have a wee item to remember the place by (mostly I gravitate to clothes). Can confirm that Manchester and Sheffield have GREAT charity shops. Get thrifting!

Where is your home away from home?
London. I grew up in Berlin but I’ve been in the UK 13 years (eep, time flies!) and feel right at home now.