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Jennifer Mendenhall

By Wes Calkin

Jennifer Mendenhall (she/her/hers) has been a Woolly Company Member since 1988; her Woolly shows include Cherokee, Clybourne Park, Measure for Pleasure, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Grace, Lenny and Lou, Homebody/Kabul (with Theatre J), Cooking With Elvis, and The Day Room. Going way back, her first show with Woolly was Savage in Limbo, in which she got to kiss a toupee-wearing Howard Shalwitz. Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Vampires, Harvey, Luna Vista, the original Day Room, Zero Positive, Rocky Horror Show, David’s Redhaired Death, Strindberg in Hollywood, Goodnight Desdemona, The Gene Pool, and The Art Room followed. She also directed at Woolly: Wally Shawn’s The Fever (with Howard), and The Cockburn Rituals. Shows elsewhere include Forum: Angels in America; Arena Stage: Legacy of Light; Solas Nua: Woman and Scarecrow; Theatre J: Imagining Madoff, The Accident; Studio Theatre Second Stage: A Beautiful View and Crestfall, and on the mainstage: The New Electric Ballroom and Circle Mirror Transformation; Theater Alliance: Ambition Facing West, The Monument, You Are Here, Slaughter City; Humana Festival: dark play, or stories for boys…; Florida Stage: Cradle of Man. She has also appeared at The Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Metro Stage, among others. She has received the Washington Theatre Lobby Award and the Helen Hayes Award, and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. She lives in Hyattsville with her husband, Michael Kramer, and their two children, Henry and Vivian.