JEANNINE COULOMBE (PLAYWRIGHT)
Jeannine Coulombe is a playwright and theatre artist based in Minnesota. Her original full-length plays include Homegrown, The Mill, Hummingbirds, The Vacant Lot, Planting Shelly Anne, The Road to Santiago and Broken Peaces. She has also written numerous shorter works, including Special Talents, Picture.Cigarette. Rose Beds, Mike and Ned, and Fish. Her adaptations of children’s literature include Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky both based on books by Grace Lin; Zen Shorts and Zen Ties based on books by Jon J. Muth and Crenshaw based on the book by Katherine Applegate and Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. In her adaptation of Mary Casanova’s One Dog Canoe, Jeannine wrote the musical’s book and adapted lyrics using the music from the Okee Dokee Brother’s album Can You Canoe? She has teamed up twice with composer Michael Gruber in the adaptations of I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt and the folktale Stone Soup where she wrote the book and co-authored the lyrics. Jeannine’s plays have been seen at Upright Citizens Brigade, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Manhattan Repertory, Producer’s Theatre, Stage Left, History Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Synchronicity Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Harwich Junior Theatre, Workhaus Collective, Theatre Unbound, Thirst Theatre, Minnesota Fringe, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and A Theatre Group. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Heinemann. Ms. Coulombe won the University of Iowa’s IRAM Award for Best New Play (Hummingbirds), the Maebaum Award (The Mill) and the National AIDS Fund CFDA-Vogue Initiative Award from the Kennedy Center (The Vacant Lot.) She received her MFA from the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop and her BFA in Theatre and BA in History from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In addition to playwriting, Ms. Coulombe produced theatre in the Twin Cities for over twenty years. She was a founding member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective, an ensemble of nationally known Minneapolis-based playwrights who produced innovative and highly theatrical work for a decade as the company-in-residence at the Playwrights' Center. She was also a founding member of Theatre Unbound, a company in the Twin Cities that has been producing challenging female-centered work since 1998. Currently, Jeannine is the Manager of New Play Development and the Conservatory Director at Stages Theatre Company. In addition to playwriting, she works as a director and dramaturg.