Jeff Jenkins


Jeff Jenkins is a Chicago playwright who writes for young audiences and adults. His plays include Scout’s Honor, The Day Starbucks Stood Still, Victory Garden, The Minotaur of Warren Park, Monarch Ashes, Timmon and the Magic Shoes, Montenegro, The Purple Heart, Miles Ignotis, It’s Raining Dogs, Cat among others, His plays have been produced or workshopped at Arizona State University, Adventure Stage Chicago, Cold Basement Dramatics, Chicago Dramatists, Lyons 10 in Ten (Non-Equity), Northwestern University (w/Rives Collins and Lynn Kelso), and Write Now. His plays have also been seen at One Theatre World (TYA/USA) conferences and American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) Playwright Slams. Jeff is a two-time semi-finalist with Write Now and NYU’s New Plays for Young Audiences. He was awarded a residency in April 2019 with the TYE Center, Utah Valley University, as national winner of the Old Miner Children’s Playwriting competition (Timmon and The Magic Shoes). He is a three-time finalist with the Old Miner Children’s Playwriting competition. Jeff serves as co-Editor (2015-present) of the Young Playwrights for Change anthology (AATE & TYA/USA). He has served as co-chair of the Playwrights Network with AATE taking on organization of the Slam (2018) and co-chairing the YPC National Competition and selection committee (2018). Jeff has also presented at the AATE conference with Anne Negri (2016) discussing models for TYA playwriting groups. He was also nominated for the Dramatists Guild Writers Intensive-Chicago (June 2011). He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, a Playwright with Chicago Dramatists under the tutelage of Doug Post and member of American Alliance for Theatre and Education & TYA/USA.