Jenny McConnell Frederick


Jenny joined the CulturalDC staff in 2009. As Artistic Director of the annual Source Festival she oversees the selection, development and production of more than two dozen works for the stage each year. Through the Mead Theatre Lab and Flashpoint Gallery Programs, she directs the artist selection and recruitment process and oversees the advisory panels. Throughout the year, she works closely with artists in both programs to create, develop and produce their own work.

Jenny is also the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre. Founded in July of 1999, Rorschach has received significant acclaim for its fierce performance style, its bold use of theatrical space and its dedication to challenging works that are at once relevant and timeless. The company’s work has focused on helping to reveal the contemporary relevance of fable, finding magic in rough spaces and connecting timeless works to a contemporary audience. Rorschach has been nominated for several Helen Hayes Awards, been a finalist for the Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artists and won a Mary Goldwater award in 2006.

Before coming to CulturalDC, Jenny worked at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Theater J and Source Theatre Company. She served as a member of the Mead Theatre Lab Advisory Panel for two years, produced Art-O-Matic’s theatre component in 2000 and 2003 and is a member of the Hub Theatre’s Advisory Board and the Helen Hayes Awards Board of Governors.

Jenny is from Northern Virginia and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Columbia Heights with her husband and her newest producing endeavor, a son named Thane.

Find out more about Jenny in her staff member spotlight Q&A.