JENNY HAS A DIY SPIRIT…
Jenny Turner Hall is an irrepressible storyteller who’ll lift a project off the ground with her own bare hands. She writes, directs, produces, and occasionally performs stories in almost every genre.
She is an executive producer, writer, and director of a scripted podcast series for kids, The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel. The podcast was produced on a shoestring budget with a makeshift writers room in Jenny’s basement. Now, the show enjoys a worldwide following. The Guardian has named Mars Patel one of the top fifty podcasts in the world. In 2016, Mars Patel won the Peabody Award. Now its in third season, the podcast will become a three-book series with Candlewick Press. The TV series has been optioned by Disney. The show’s third and final season drops in February. Look out for a cameo from her eleven-year old.
Jenny is creating a second audio fiction project for kids, voiced by John Oliver, to be released in the summer of 2019.
backing up a bit…
Jenny started in theater. Inspired during the 90s by Spalding Gray, she moved to NYC and mounted her first monologue play at Collective Unconscious, followed by others at the landmark music venue Tonic. These stories, bittersweet and funny, are often ingrained in her Appalachian heritage.
After a decade working in film and television production (NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Directors Guild of America), Jenny started Studio B, a non-profit art house that serves Northern New Jersey. The mission of Studio B is to build community through the arts, and to showcase local artists. She is one of these artists. Since its inception seven years ago, Studio B has produced over fifty events, collaborating with inimitable artists such as Michael Arenella (featured entertainer Jazz Age Lawn Party, NYC's Governors Island), playwright Ethan Lipton (Obie Award winner), journalist David Brancaccio (host of Marketplace) and many more. At Studio B, Jenny co-writes all the scripts for the shows and for the stand-alone plays. From an overheard conversation between two nickel-and-dimed waitresses, to elaborate meditations from the mind of Mary Shelley, to the portrait of a town crippled by systemic corruption (with a little song and dance), Jenny’s writing for Studio B can span the gamut.
Taking her cue from another comedy dame, Jenny runs a literary salon inspired by Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Circle. For nine years and counting, playwrights, poets, screenwriters, essayists, satirists, journalists, and novelists continue to share their work in a curated but casual environment. Participants include Ethan Berlin (Emmy-nominated writer for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell), Tina Kelley (New York Times reporter, published poet, bestselling author), Ben Niles (award-winning documentary filmmaker, PBS), Abby Sher (Second City), Jacob Lambert (former Associate Editor at MAD Magazine), Daniel Wright (comedian, featured on The Graham Norton Show), and Elizabeth Trundle (The MOTH, featured on Girls). Jenny and Daniel Wright have performed their long-form comedy act, in the style of Nichols and May, at various comedy venues.