Jennifer Rockwood was the director of The University of Toledo’s First Year Experience Program and assistant dean in the College of Innovative Learning. Currently she is back teaching introduction to theatre classes in the Department of Theater and Film. A UT master mentor, she taught theatre and film classes in the Department of Theatre and Film for more than 20 years. She has directed over 75 plays cumulatively on campus, at the Village Players, and at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. She also produces and directs plays for commercial and corporate use.
She has produced and directed many new plays at UT, including her own Watershed. She is a recipient of grants from both the Ohio Arts Council and the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo for film production. Jennifer has worked and taught for the Governors Gifted Summer Honors Institute, the Young Artists at Work Program, Arts Unlimited, and the Lourdes College Summer Theatre Camp. She is a founding member of Toledo’s Catalyst Theatre, a loosely-organized yet tightly-knit troupe with a clear intention: to bring new works and well-established plays to the Toledo area that illuminate the determination and the resiliency of the human spirit.
As a media and communications consultant, Jennifer has worked with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, legal professionals, television anchors, and political candidates. She also freelances in casting, directing, and location scouting for national video production companies. A professional actor, she has appeared in local as well as national television commercials. Most recently, she appeared in French Fries are not Vegetables and Other College Lessons, a documentary on the first year of college by PBS producer Peter Berkow. She has done numerous papers and presentations on millennial student engagement, retention, interactive learning, and first-year student issues at national conferences.
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