Jennifer King is the Founder/Artistic Director of Napa Valley Conservatory Theater and Shakespeare Napa Valley at Napa Valley College where she is a Professor of Theater Arts. Her teaching and directing credits include work for the California Shakespeare Theater (Associate Artist), Aurora Theater Company, Dallas Theater Center, SF Playground, Berkeley Playhouse, Sonoma County Repertory Theater, 6th Street Playhouse, the White Barn, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Richland, Foothill and Solano Colleges, as well as Sonoma State University and the University of California, Davis. Regional directing includes: The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, Stones in his Pockets, Sweeney Todd, Much Ado About Nothing, The People's Temple, 'ART", Cyrano, I Am My Own Wife, Man of La Mancha, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, All the Great Books (abridged), Disney's Aladdin (Six Bay Area Critics Circle Nominations, including Best Director), Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, La Cage aux Folles, Tuesdays with Morrie, and The Laramie Project.
Prior to her professorship, she served as Executive and Artistic Director for Sonoma County Repertory Theater/The Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival. Under her leadership, the theater retired its $52,000 debt, completed a strategic plan, and expanded the board of directors from three to eighteen members, including high profile community and business leaders, performances played to maximum capacity, subscription sales quintupled, and the annual budget grew from $100,000 to $500,000 while maintaining a surplus each year.
From 1999-2001, she served as Director of Education and Community Programs for the Dallas Theater Center, where she was a member of the senior staff, master teacher, and responsible for the creation, execution, marketing, and maintenance of all education and community programs; including Project Discovery (theater outreach serving 13,000 middle school, high school and college students), The LAB (classes for youths, teens and adults), In-Perspective (award winning scholar lecture series) and the Intern Company. Following Dallas Theater Center, she served as Director of Artistic Learning at the California Shakespeare Theater where she is now an Associate Artist. During her tenure as Director of Artistic Learning, year round classes tripled in enrollment and the student matinee program increased by 75%. She also developed education partnerships with schools in Berkeley, Orinda, Richmond and Pinole, directed the Student Company production of Much Ado About Nothing, and initiated a Pre-College Shakespeare program.
A recipient of the 2000 Theater Communications Group Observership Award, Jennifer is co-editor of Reflections of Diversity and has a M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California, Davis, and a B.A. in Drama from the University of Southern California.