Morgan Jenness

Literary Agent & Dramaturg


Morgan Jenness spent over a decade at the Public Theater, under both George C. Wolfe and Joseph Papp in roles ranging from literary manager to Director of Play Development to Associate Producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival. She was also Associate Artistic Director at New York Theater Workshop, and an Associate Director at Los Angeles Theater Center in charge of new projects. She has worked with the Young Playwrights Festival, the Mark Taper Forum, The Playwrights Center/Playlabs, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Double Image/New York Stage and Film, CSC, Victory Gardens, Hartford Stage, and Center Stage as a dramaturg, workshop director, and/or artistic consultant. She has participated as a visiting artist and adjunct in playwriting programs at the University of Iowa, Brown University, Breadloaf, Columbia and NYU and is currently on the faculty at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, where she teaches Theater History.

Ms. Jenness has served on peer panels for various funding institutions, including NYSCA and the NEA, with whom she served as a site evaluator for almost a decade. In 1998, Ms. Jenness joined Helen Merrill Ltd., an agency representing writers, directors, composers and designers, as Creative Director. She now works at Abrams Artist Agency as an agent representing writers for stage and screen, directors, composers and lyricists. In 2003, Ms. Jenness was presented with an Obie Award Special Citation for Longtime Support of Playwrights.