Jennie Hahn is a theater producer, director, and performer with a career focus on community engagement and civic dialogue. Deeply committed to the vitality of community life in her home state of Maine, Jennie’s work explores the impact of economic, demographic, and land use changes on rural identity and culture.
Jennie received her training in community-based theater from Cornerstone Theater Company. She worked on several productions in Cornerstone’s Faith-Based Cycle, and was a student of the Cornerstone Institute. In 2014, she was a pilot round member of the Catalyst Initiative, a national cohort of civic artists supported by Michael Rohd and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice.
Jennie’s projects include Farms & Fables, an original play created in collaboration with Maine farmers and Choirspeak: The Maine Woods, developed from 50 interviews conducted in five Maine towns. In 2014, Jennie developed a partnership with Stephanie Gilbert of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. Jennie and Stephanie designed and co-facilitated three farmland preservation meetings, innovating policy development practices by engaging stakeholders’ hearts and minds.
Jennie has shared her approach to community arts practice through consulting and collaboration with One Year Lease Theater Company (2016), Saco River Theatre (2015/16), and writer/performer Bess Welden (2014/15). She has presented at Cross-Currents: Art and Agriculture Powering Rural Economies (North Carolina), the Network of Ensemble Theaters MicroFest Appalachia (Tennessee), and the Stonecoast MFA Residency, University of Southern Maine. Jennie's work has been supported by the Kindling Fund (Space Gallery), Maine Arts Commission, Maine Humanities Council, Multi-Arts Production Fund, Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice.
Sources: Inspiration, tools, and resources
Cornerstone Theater Company
Liz Lerman and Dance Exchange
Junebug Productions and the Free Southern Theater
Michael Rohd, Sojourn Theater, The Center for Performance and Civic Practice
Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance
Network of Ensemble Theaters
Nancy Gibson-Nash and Scott Nash