Director of the Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry and Professor of Theatre
Professor of Theatre, Playwriting
Jennifer Blackmer (she/her) is Professor of Theatre and Director of the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State’s Honors College. Jen’s award-winning plays have been produced across the country, and include Human Terrain, Unraveled, Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, Delicate Particle Logic, Borrowed Babies, I Carry Your Heart with Me, and Predictor. She is the recipient of the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award for Emerging American Playwright, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Tribeca Film Institute Award, the David Mark Cohen Award, and the Gold Medallion from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Ball State recognitions include the University’s Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award (2010, 2018) and Excellence in Teaching Award (2010). Jen was named an Indiana Woman of Achievement in 2020.
In addition to teaching playwriting classes and Honors colloquia, Jen also directs for Ball State University Theatre: recent productions include Skin & Bones, The Wolves, Dry Land, Three Sisters, Angels in America, Spring Awakening and others. Visit her online at www.jenniferblackmer.com.
Achieving Academic Excellence
Award-winning playwright Jennifer Blackmer uses encouragement, community, and collaboration to cultivate theater talent.
Teaching Areas: Playwriting, Theatre History, Directing
Date of Hire: August 2003