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Jennifer Matthews

Black Box Theatre at Edmonds College
Director and Lead Instigator
Mill Creek, Washington
Philosopy: We don't look like our stories because we are greater then our story which is still being written.
Improv changed my life. I lead my team with acceptance & inclusion and ask them to discover character and relationships grounded in truth and trust. Never is not an option. Hate is not anoption.

Professional Bio:
Jen Matthews (She/Her) is the Artistic Director for the Black Box Theatre, and UP North Improv Comedy, as well as an Associate Professor of Drama, Humanities at Edmonds College. She brings 30 years of experience as an actor, educator, improvisor, director, production stage manager, and producer to Edmonds College. She holds an MFA in Theatre from University of California, Irvine (2005) and is a member of Actors Equity Association. Ms. Matthews has directed A Midsummer Night's Dream (2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Nomination), Little Shop of Horrors, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and a myriad of special events for Edmonds College. Matthews has also lectured at UCIrvine, Seattle Pacific University and Grace College in Theater Acting, Improvisation, Design,and Event/Stage Management. As a freelance artist Ms. Matthews has worked with L.A.'s Applause! and Seattle's Showtunes Theatres, Opera Pacific, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Taproot Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Village Theatre. Touring productions include: Tale of 2Cities, the Dodgers Story (off-Broadway/national tour); World Vision Experience: AIDS National Tour, Improv credits: UP North Players, NightCap Improv Comedy, Unexpected Productions and No Parchment Needed.

My Peeps:
UP North Players is a diverse and talented group of performers consisting of actors, artists, data analysts, educators, flight attendants, lawyers, musicians, nurses, pod casters and college students. UP North Players are from all different backgrounds and represent all genders and all lifestyles. UP North Player is proud to have so many talented members who use their life experiences to create moments of laughter that will last a lifetime.Unexpected Productions brought improv to the north end during renovations to their Seattle based theater in 2012. UP North, once established, has persisted with weekly shows between October and April for the last 10 years. A resident team was established in 2018 under the direction and vision of Jen Matthews. Black Box is the home of The Tribe Has Spoken, soon to be rebranded for Inclusive reasons, an improvised Survivor-esque competion created by Jay Hitt. Since its formation the UP North team has created 7 original shows including Slam Dunk their headline competition show and fan favorites Fiasco! based on the board game and The Holiday Whodunit Murder Mystery.

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