Jenny Giering, a composer, singer and pianist, has received the Clifton Artist in Residence at Harvard University, the Dramatists’ Guild Jonathan Larson Fellowship, Constance Klinsky Prize from Second Stage Theatre, a Meet the Composer grant, the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award and was the composer in residence at Sundance’s Ucross Residency. She is currently writing two new musicals on commissions from Playwrights Horizons and Chicago Shakespeare.
She is also working on Saint-Ex, a musical about the life of Antoine de Saint Exupery, with writer Sean Barry, which was in residence at Sundance at White Oak and received the Weston Playhouse Award. It received its world premiere production at Weston Playhouse.
Past projects include Crossing Brooklyn (libretto by Laura Harrington, commissioned and produced by the Boston Music Theatre Project) which was chosen for the 2007 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop and produced by the Transport Group; and “Alice Unwrapped,” commissioned by Paulette Haupt for Inner Voices: Solo Musicals which was produced in NYC at the Zipper Theater. She also received the National Art Song Award and the National Music Theatre Network Director’s Choice Award for her musical The Mistress Cycle, written with bookwriter/lyricist Beth Blatt. The Mistress Cycle has received workshops and readings at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Theatreworks/Palo Alto’s New Works Festival, Barrington Stage Company and a sold-out run at the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival, both produced by the AWOL Theatre Project, Inc. It also ran to rave reviews at The Apple Tree Theatre in Chicago, where it was nominated for three Jeff Awards. That production subsequently re-opened in Chicago and was widely praised by the critics.
Jenny wrote the score for Shakespeare Theatre’s As You Like It, Theaterworks/USA’s Island of the Blue Dolphins (book and lyrics by Beth Blatt) which toured for two sold-out seasons and incidental music for Theatreworks’ Arthurian drama Arthur’s War by Catherine Filloux. She also wrote the score for The Hotel Carter (book and lyrics by Stephanie Fleischmann), which received a Frederick Loewe Award, and a Cameron Mackintosh Development Award from New Dramatists’. Her one-act Still Life (book and lyrics by Emmy-Award winner David Javerbaum) has been produced by the Henlopen Theatre Project, Barrington Stage Company and had a three-week run at the Bridewell Theatre in London. In addition, Jenny contributed the opening number to Songs for An Unmade Bed (lyrics by Mark Campbell), produced at New York Theatre Workshop and a song for The Audience, produced by The Transport Group (and nominated for a Drama Desk Award).
Jenny holds an AB in Music from Harvard & Radcliffe Colleges, and an MFA in Composition from the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at Tisch School for the Arts, New York University. She has appeared on many albums, including PS Classics’ release Windflowers: The Songs of Jerome Moross; and her song I Follow appears on Audra McDonald’s debut release Way Back To Paradise on Elektra/Nonesuch Records. Jenny released a solo album, Look for Me, produced by Brendan Milburn of Groovelily, and available at -