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Jaclynn Jutting

Jaclynn Jutting headshotJaclynn Jutting is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Theatre & Dance and head of Belmont’s B.F.A. Directing program.    She is a professional director and the former Associate Artistic Director of Vitalist Theatre, with whom she directed Kobo Abe’s The Ghost Is Here, David Hare’s The Bay at Nice, Vitalist’s participation in the national Suzan-Lori Parks 365 Days/Plays Festival and Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children (as Associate Director), which won an After Dark Award for Best Direction.

Jaclynn has worked as a freelance director in Chicago for over a decade.  Recent directing credits include Animals Out of Paper (Next Up/Steppenwolf Garage), The Iroquois (Raven), Love and Understanding (Redtwist), Rabbit Hole (Dominican), Enola (the side project), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild and Cloud 9 (Roosevelt University).  In addition, she has directed with Steep Theatre, Pride Plays and Films, Northwestern University and Greasy Joan & Co, among others.

As an Assistant Director, Jaclynn worked on Laura Eason’s Sex with Strangers (Steppenwolf), The Sins of Sor Juana (Goodman), Up (Steppenwolf) and also was the assistant director for Tony-award winner Mary Zimmerman on her adaptation of Candide at the Goodman Theatre.

Jaclynn has taught at Northwestern University, Columbia College and Dominican University.  In addition to her work in the theatre, she spent 7 years working on public health and environmental campaigns at the Environmental Law & Policy Center of the Midwest.   She received her B.A. from Knox College (double major in Theatre and English-Creative Writing).  Her M.F.A. in Directing is from Northwestern University, where she was also named a semifinalist for the 2014 Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists.