Jennifer Pierce is a scholar, playwright, director, and Arts-In-Education advocate. Her current research is on neurophenomenology and performance as applied to dramatic literature, performance, and neuroinclusive performance pedagogy. Previous research in trauma, cognition, and performance has appeared in TDR, Consciousness, the Arts and Literature, and books published by Routledge and Cambridge Scholars Press. She presented her paper "Attention, Cognition, and Executive Function: Strategies for Neurotypical and Neurodiverse Classrooms" at Palmetto State Arts-in-Education Conference 2016 based on her continuing practical research using Shakespeare for neuroinclusion K-12, winning multiple grants from the York County Council for the Arts. She is currently writing about neurophenomenology and atrocity in the work of Erik Ehn.
Jennifer's plays have been featured in multiple venues including, NYC International Fringe Festival, Tisch, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts (Cape Cod), and Pittsburgh Repertory Theater where she also directed the Pittsburgh premiere of Bat Boy: the Musical. She was recognized in NYC's Showbusiness Weekly as having written and directed the "Best Off-Off Broadway Comedy" of 2002, and her original drama The Magdalene Project was featured at NYC Fringe and received invitations to perform at international festivals in Yugoslavia and Brazil. She has been working on "a multi-media fantasia" called Creature, which re-imagines a multi-lingual Frankenstein.
Jennifer has been a dramaturg at Carnegie Mellon and in theater with and for young audiences in Pittsburgh, NYC, Boston, South Carolina, and at the Children's Theatre of Charlotte. Before joining UNC Charlotte as a Visiting Assistant Professor, she taught acting and dramatic literature at University of Pittsburgh, Bridgewater State University, Cape Cod Community College, and Winthrop University.