Jenni has nearly fifteen years’ experience as a theatre practitioner having worked prior to Charcoalblue on a freelance basis for regional touring companies such as Northern Broadsides. Jenni also worked for a number of years in theatre sales and marketing for the Palace Theatre & Opera House, Manchester.
She was the CSM/Technical Manager for ‘Broken Time’ – a Three Stones Media production and Deputy Chief Electrician for ‘Railway Children’ – London Waterloo, The Touring Consortium. Jenni also has experience as a Lighting Designer for Solid Senses - Laban School of Dance & University of Surrey, along with being an assistant to the Lighting Designer for ‘Copacabana’ and ‘The Hot Mikado’ – both Watermill productions; most recently Jenni was the Associate Lighting Designer for the UK tour of ‘Birdsong’. Jenni is also resident moving light programmer for Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s pantomime in Guildford.
Jenni’s consultancy work with Charcoalblue includes The Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre at The Perse School, The Factory in Manchester and Le Théâtre Elisabéthain au Château D'Hardelot.
Jenni and Gary with the New Wimbledon Theatre's Tamykha Patterson and Greg Allen at the Technical Theatre Awards in 2015 (photo: Alex-Brenner).
Jenni and the team enjoy the sights whilst at Showlight 2017 in Florence.
What's the greatest lesson you've learnt as a Theatre Consultant?
Don't be prescriptive - listen and try to strike a balance between being reactive and proactive.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
I've always had a vested interest in all things theatre, going on to study it for my degrees and ultimately working in the industry in both theatre management and eventually moving over to 'the dark side' of technical production!
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
A great performance space should perfect the basics - sufficient power, enough structural loading capacity, able to create a full blackout, etc. - all the basic tools from which creatives can build.