Jackie is a Brooklyn born, playwright, TV writer, and advocate for older women playwrights. Her plays, which include String Fever, Acapulco, I Know, A Story About a Girl, Girl Gone, 2B (Or Not 2B), Freeze Tag, have been seen in New York at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels, The Working Theater, MCC Theatre; Actors Theatre Louisville; Portland Center Stage; Theater J in DC; PlayLabs Minneapolis; and in London, Dublin, Hong Kong, Belgrade, and Lima. Honors include: 2023 Lilly Award, Kennedy Center‘s Fund for New American Plays, EST/Sloan Foundation, a Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, NYFA grant, Oscar Reubhausen commission, plus MacDowell and Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellowships.
Her work is published in Women Playwrights: Best Plays, several Best American Short Plays, by French, Smith & Kraus, and a collection of her one-acts, Things Between Us, by DPS. Jackie wrote the Preface to Applause Books' 10 Minute Plays by Women+ over 40. Several of her short plays have been recorded for radio/podcast by Playing-on-Air.
In television, Jackie was a Writer/Executive Producer for the critically acclaimed The Good Fight. Other TV writing includes Best of Both Worlds, a pilot for John Wells, East New York, Grace and Frankie, Smash, Law and Order CI, and all the Mia episodes for Emmy nominated Hope Davis and Gabriel Byrne for HBO’s In Treatment.
A member of Ensemble Studio Theater, an alum of New Dramatists, she is a founding member of Honor Roll!, an advocacy group for women+ playwrights over 40, whose goal is inclusion in theater. She has taught dramatic writing at NYU, Columbia, Ohio University, Stony Brook Manhattan. Jacquelyn is a mentor with Young Playwrights Ukraine, an ongoing workshop for Ukrainian teens, writing about the war.
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KISS ME SOMEWHERE ELSE
When under 3-feet tall Teena, meets almost 12-feet tall Eddie, loves seems impossible yet inevitable. And when Teena’s agelessly old mother tries to force Eddie’s agelessly old father, to keep their adult children apart, the opposite happens -to all of them. Hearts and minds and body parts transform. An incongruous comedy, where love changes everyone. With a climax in an unusual spot.
A STORY ABOUT A GIRL
Once upon a time there was a girl who had no words, named Bethany, who met a boy with no friends, named Warren. They make their own language of love, friendship and ultimate betrayal as they journey through life with and without each other. In this play, and its play-within-a-play, a neurodivergent girl finds her voice.