Jennifer Blaine has been performing one-woman shows for 25 years. Her original writing, performing, and comedy delve into serious and socially relevant issues and provides audiences the opportunity to unite in laughter. Jennifer has opened for George Carlin and performed with Chris Rock and Joe Piscopo.
She has worked with great actors such as Glenda Jackson, Christopher Plummer, Laura Linney, Joanne Woodward, and Paul Newman, and was featured on ABC’s Philly After Midnight: Women Comedians. She starred in the animated series “Teddy P. Brains,” in which she played a precocious brainy boy, and has lent her voice to hundreds of voiceover projects. According to the Philadelphia Daily News “not even Sybil can compete with Blaine’s cast of characters. Her comic genius is like Lily Tomlin and Tracey Ullman.”
Jennifer was the resident Theatre Teaching Artist at the Showstoppers program at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts from 2013-2018 in which she created four original plays on topical issues from bullying to civil rights. She produced the “5,000 Women” festival, showcasing women artists and social activists, at The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University in 2011 and 2012 and in Philadelphia in 2014.
She has also performed in every FringeArts for the festival’s first decade. Some of her 15 FringeArts works include Sorry (why women can’t stop apologizing for their existence), White Flight, Hearing Voices, and Ridiculous. And she has collaborated on multiple site-specific projects such as Eviction Proof with Vashti Dubois, founder of The Colored Girls Museum.
Blaine has toured her solo work throughout the country to colleges and theatre festivals — highlights include Chicago City Limits, Rose’s Turn, The Duplex (NYC), The OpenStage of Harrisburg, The White Privilege Conference (Iowa), Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (SLC), Brandeis University, Converse College, Trinity College and Burlington College. Her play Dirty Joke, about women activists, was featured at PIFA, and was showcased at The Annenberg Center for the Arts as part of the By Local series. She performs The Vicissitudes of Travel, which depicts a family traveling through brain surgery, in art galleries, museums, theatres. She performed The Vicissitudes at Jefferson Medical College and Wesleyan University in the 2019-2020 academic year.
She recently launched a new show, Having A Good Time, in which she coaches the audience how to identify their upper limit and quell their self-destructive inner voices.
During the pandemic Jennifer crafted a musical, Mannequin, which was workshopped in December 2020 with 16 actors live over Zoom. She then produced and directed Invitation to Play, a cabaret of songs from Mannequin at FringeArts 2021. She premiered PACKAGE DEAL, a comedic look at aging, the fragility of delivery systems and being demoted as a womxn artist for FringeArts 2021.
Her current show is “A Jennifer Story” premiering in September 2022. She is also adapting Mannequin into a solo version to be premiered in Spring 2023.
Treasured Moments in Time
Coaching & Teaching
Jennifer has taught young people acting for years. She was the resident theater arts instructor for the Showstoppers program at the Kimmel Center from 2013-2018.
Jennifer is also a creative, transformational coach. She has assisted hundreds of people all over the world to navigate through rocky times, become more resilient, and create what they truly need and want. Treasuring meaningful conversations where things change in an instant.
- Certified coach of the Hendricks Institute since 1997, member of the American Counseling Association.