The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Jennifer Krempa

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M.S. Art Education
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Jennifer Krempa is a Master's student in Art Education, focusing on performance pedagogy and pedagogies of participation. Krempa comes from a theater and performing arts background and has over a decade of experience directing theater, working mostly with middle- and high-school students. She began her theater training at Dartmouth College and attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Centre, where she also studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company and underwent Droznin-style physical theater training. She has directed and assistant directed for school theater programs, after-school programs, community theaters, and theater camps, and her own ensemble-based youth theater group, in addition to performing in productions in New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. Krempa also received a B.A. in English from Penn State where she focused on rhetoric and literacy studies. Through her work in the Art Education program, Krempa combines her background in theater, performance, and language studies, to explore issues that weave together the textual, artistic, and embodied. She sees theater directing as a teaching practice and is investigating how acting technique and performance theory can help us conceptualize and create new arts-based models for encountering texts and our world in both traditional and community-based learning sites.