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Assistant Professor of Theatre
Heydel Fine Arts Center
The Millard and JJ Oakley School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.F.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Jenny Ballard is thrilled to be joining the faculty at Cumberland University as an Assistant Professor of Theatre.  She is from Knoxville, TN, and has lived in Baton Rouge, LA for the past 13 years, where she served as Managing Artistic Director of Theatre Baton Rouge, and as an Adjunct Professor in the Theatre Department at Louisiana State University.

She received her B.A. in English and Theatre from the University of Tennessee, and her M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from LSU.  She has been acting and directing professionally for over 25 years.  She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, and been seen in American Horror Story: Coven, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Cover Me, NCIS: New Orleans, The First, Keanu, and most recently in Apple TV+’s Black Bird.

Favorite theatrical acting credits include Proof, The Taming of the Shrew, Pride and Prejudice, Twelfth Night, All the King’s Men, King Lear, A Few Good Men, The Crucible, and Clue; favorite directing credits include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Disney’s Newsies, Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Baskerville: A Sherlock Homes Mystery, The Wizard of Oz, Godspell, and Little Women.