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Artist Statement:

I was born with a tremendous thirst for stories that widen our curiosity and capacity for empathy. I am passionate about creating work that queers the lens so that we may break down the boundaries within our imaginations and allow for an expanding of love in all its forms. My work is deeply personal and rooted in themes of shame, vulnerability, addiction, overcoming trauma, and the courage it takes to live an authentic life in the face of limiting societal belief systems. I believe in the power of story.

Biography:

Jennifer Parkhill is a first generation Cuban-American artist, born in Southern California. She received her BFA in Drama with minors in Creative Writing and Film Production from the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She received her training from the Atlantic Acting School, The Experimental Theater Wing - Amsterdam, Stonestreet Film and Television Studio, and NYU Tisch, Berlin, where she studied with global conservatory students at the FIND Festival, led by Schaubuhne artistic director, Thomas Ostermeier. 

 

Jennifer is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, AEA, former ensemble member of the Bats!, resident acting company at the Flea Theater, is the writer and the lead actor of the short film Far Rock which received the Russell Hexter Film Committee post production grant. She has worked extensively as a director with New York production company, Other New York, and is a founding member of Here Artist Collective, a collective of artists dedicated to championing queer stories in the arts. 

 

Her most recent acting credits include Listen (feature film), directed by Omri Bezalel, LOCKED UP BITCHES!; The Flea Theater NYC, Women and Sometimes Men, (feature film - Chelsea International Film Festival); Bound, (Chain Film Festival NYC); Dance Nation, (workshop performance - Atlantic Theater Company), directed by Lee Sunday Evans; The Seagull, at Atlantic Stage 2, directed by Adrienne Campbell Holt; The House of Bernarda Alba, at Atlantic Stage 2, directed by Lauren Keating; Bones by Dael Orlandersmith, (staged reading - the Flea Theater), directed by artistic director, Niegel Smith.

 

Jennifer’s recent directing credits include Girl Next Door, Brunch Theater Co, Lady from the Sea at Atlantic Stage 2; a series of commercials for the innovative sofa company, Burrow; Dream Big, Princess for the Disney Channel; Medical Marijuana Miracles, a docu-series for 420 TV. 

 

Jennifer’s writing has appeared in many literary magazines, including BrUNch Mag, Eggy Pan, and Mercer St. for which her essay, “Repairer” was selected as Editor’s Choice. Her poems have appeared in the films Far Rock and 100 Years or Less, among others. Her poem, "Yellow" won the True Colors Challenge sponsored by Moleskine + Vocal. 

 

A global artist, Jennifer thrives on creating work that carries her between coasts and beyond.