Mercedes Ruehl and Heather Goldenhersh in Manhattan Casanova

Ricarrdo Valentine, Goussy Celestin, Marie Davis, Stephanie Shipp, Vanessa Rodriguez, Maribel Martinez, Marcelino Feliciano, Greer Morrison, Petol Weekes, Louis Paulino, and Lena-Marie Gilbert in How We Are Connected photo Joel Weber

Dara Seitzman in Mona Lisa Speaks



Pictured: Fengar Gael, Lee Hunkins, Maxine Kern, Caridad Svich, Kara Lee Corthron, Dael Orlandersmith, & Jenny Lyn Bader. Photo Lia Chang

Alison Pill in None of the Above (New Georges), directed by Julie Kramer at the Ohio Theatre in Soho, available from Dramatists Play Service

Emmanuelle Chriqui & John Lloyd Young reading Best Friends (W.E.T. Love Benefit), published in Best 10-Minute Plays: 2011.


Jenny Lyn Bader's plays include Mona Lisa Speaks (Core Ensemble), which premiered at the Berklee College of Music and was also seen at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; In Flight (NAAA Award Winner, London), which was presented by Turn to Flesh Productions in 2015; None of the Above (Lion Theatre), which former Outer Critics Circle President Marjorie Gunner called "easily the best play of the season," first produced by New Georges (Oppy Award nominee for Best Play); and Manhattan Casanova (Hudson Stage), winner of the Edith Oliver Award (O'Neill Center), also staged at Guild Hall (w/​ Mercedes Ruehl). Her work has also been produced at Center Stage NY, Humana Festival of New American Plays and NY Int'l Fringe Festival ("Best of the Fringe" selection).

She co-founded Theatre 167, where she co-authored all three plays in the The Jackson Heights Trilogy, as well as I Like to Be Here (New Ohio Theatre) and The Church of Why Not; wrote The History of Communication for The World's Fair Play Festival (Queens Theatre), a NY Times Critics' Pick, and co-produced Pirira (2014 NYITAward, Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play), and The Church of Why Not, for which she received the 2014 Randall Wreghitt New Producer Endowment Award. She has been Artistic Producer and currently serves as Director of Artistic Development.

She has received script commissions from Half Moon Theatre, York Theatre/​"Bespoke Musicals," New International Center of Diverse Artists (Museo del Barrio, Brooklyn Museum), among others.

Her plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service, Vintage, and Smith & Kraus, where ten of her one-acts appear in the annual Best 10-Minute Play series. She received a 2010-11 Lark Core Artist Fellowship and a 2002 Lark Playwriting Fellowship.

She wrote both seasons of the internet drama Watercooler (MSN) and has written scripts for Warner Brothers, NBC, and HBO, where she developed a pilot with Billy Crystal. She has been a guest artist at Cornell and Barnard, a faculty member at The New School, and a frequent contributor to The New York Times "Week in Review.". Her essays appear in Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation (Norton) and other anthologies. She co-authored He Meant, She Meant (Warner).

Her work has been developed at the Women's Project Directors Forum (w/​ Eli Wallach), Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, and The New Group.

Jenny Lyn is a Harvard graduate. If you really want heaps more information about her, visit the page of the Endless Bio!

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