Jennifer Tuckett is the Director of London Writers’ Week. Jennifer is also the first Course Leader for the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins. She has a particular interest in developing new models of training for writers and students. This has included creating Flaking Out, a pilot project for teaching writing for radio drama with BBC Radio Drama North, co-running InSecurity, a project on writing for online drama with BBC Writersroom, co-organising the BBC Writersroom MediaCity Masterclass series and creating the UK’s first formally industry partnered MA in Playwriting. For the last four years, she has beenworking with eleven industry professionals who have led the way in the teaching of Dramatic Writing in the UK to develop a new model of teaching and training writers in Dramatic Writing for the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins.
Jennifer has an MFA in Playwriting from Yale School of Drama, an MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded the first distinction in the eight year history of the course, and a BA (Hons) in English from Cambridge University.
Jennifer has also worked extensively in the UK and US as a writer and producer including co-founding The Alligators, the North West sister group of The Antelopes group for professional playwrights, and creating The Alligator Club, a year long investigation of new writing in the North West run in partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Theatre by the Lake, The Dukes Lancaster and The Arts Organisation Liverpool. Her awards as a writer and producer include being the joint winner of the Old Vic New Voices Theatre 503 Award for her play “I am a Superhero”. Her plays have been produced at numerous theatres including the Old Vic Theatre, Theatre 503, Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and, in the US, at the Flea Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, New York Stage and Film and Williamstown Festival amongst others. Her film, television and radio work includes work with the BBC, Poisson Rouge Pictures, Vision and Media (now Creative England) and the UK Film Council. She develops theatre, film, television, digital media and radio projects as Director of Writers at Work.
In 2014, Jennifer was one of five finalists selected for the Women of the Future Arts and Culture Award.
Current projects include co-founding and managing University Women in the Arts (run with Tonic Theatre and the Women of the Future Programme) and The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting competition (run with the Bush Theatre and Oberon Books).
Jennifer is also a campaigner for the arts and has written for The Guardian, Times Higher Education Supplement, Exeunt, A Younger Theatre, WhatsOnStage, The Huffington Post and other publications on this subject.