Jena Young

Recognized in a women’s restroom as a “local actress,” Jena hopes to break into regionals in 5 years. She’s performed with several theater companies over the years, including Six Elements, Navel Gaze, and Walking Shadow. Her list of Fringe involvement since 2008 includes such shows as “Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead,” “Highlander: the Musical,” “Fringe Orphans,” “Stop Talking: A Game of Talking,” and her own one-woman show “Drinking Stories” She done fight choreography and/or directorship for Fell down the Stairs, Navel Gaze, and Rooftop Theater. Jena enjoys dabbling in a variety of arts, including stage, sketch, film, improv, stand up, spoken word, storytelling, dance, fire manipulation, modelling, and visual arts in various media. She’s written, directed, produced, performed, and choreographed. Her work includes marketing and events coordination for various production groups, including Stand Up! Records, Mime Rifle, and Fearless Comedy Productions.

Awards

Minnesota Renaissance Festival Hall of Fame - 2006

Contact information

General availability

  • Weekdays
  • Weeknights
  • Weekends

Experience

  • Producer/Director of Young and Fearless, a sketch comedy series showing at Bryant-Lake Bowl from 2013 to current
  • Performs with Vilification Tennis from 2002 to current
  • Creator/Producer/Performer in "Memoirs of a Welfare Queen" a solo show for MN Fringe Festival 2013
  • Creator/Choreographer/Dancer in a vignette for "Fringe Orphans" a Navel Gaze Production for MN Fringe Festival 2013
  • Actor Combatant in Human Combat Chess, a Six Elements Theater production in 2013
  • Weapons Specialist in Feminine Wiles for Zastrozzi, a Six Elements Theater production in 2013
  • Writer/Fight Director/Performer in a vignette for "Fringe Orphans" a Navel Gaze Production for MN Fringe Festival 2012
  • Fight Director in "On the Differences Between Two Women and the Resolution Thereof," a Fell Down the Stairs production for MN Fringe Festival 2012
  • Actor Combatant in Human Combat Chess, a Six Elements Theater production in 2012
  • Writer/Performer in "Take My Wife Instead" Vol 1-4 in 2010-2012
  • Fight Choreographer in "Highlander: the Musical," a Rooftop Theater Co production for MN Fringe Festival 2011
  • Co-Producer/Title Role in short film "Drunk History - Joan of Arc" (student project) in 2011
  • Produced, wrote, directed short film "Gender Rolls for Initiative" in 2010
  • Opened for Doug Stanhope with MNCD in 2009.
  • Performed in "Moonlighting" directed by Ralph Matthews for the 48 Hour Film Festival in 2009
  • Producer/Writer/Director/Performer in one-woman show "Drinking Stories" for MN Fringe Festival 2009
  • Performed in "Shakespeare's Land of the Dead," a Walking Shadow production, for MN Fringe Festival in 2008
  • Performed Columbina with I Arroganti Commedia Del Arte in 2006
  • Founding Member and performer in Fandazzi Fire Circus in 2004
  • Performs at the MN Renaissance Festival from 1992 to current

Photos

Video

Training

  • Stage Combat Training with SAFD certified instructor Don Preston.
  • Studied improv at Brave New Workshop.

Physical profile

62" tall
Plays ages:   20s   30s  
Short
Petite
Fit
Slender/Athletic build
White
Ethnically Ambiguous

Onstage skills

Actor

Dancer

Musician

Singer

Acting skills

Combat
Quarterstaff
Physical
Pratfall
Acrobatics
Rapier/Dagger
Broadsword
Mask
Hula Hooping
Swing Dance
Ballroom & Latin Dance
Improv
Theatre in the Round
period style and classics
Fire Breathing
character acting
Comedy
Drama
Clowning
Historic Dance
Fire Dancing
Fire Performance
Tribal Fusion Bellydance
Advanced Staged Combat
Unarmed
Knife
Small sword

Acting styles

Classical
Clowning
Comedy Standup
Comedy Situational
Comedy Sketch
Commedia dell'Arte
Improvisation
Shakespeare
Spoken word
Storytelling
Music Theater Opera
Musical Theater
Solo Monologue
Poetry
Interactive (Audience Participatory)
Comedy
Film

Dance styles

Ballroom and Other Social Forms
Swing Dance
Classical Ballroom
Musical Theater
Irish Dance
Historical Dance
Belly Dance
Basic Jazz

Instruments

Keyboard
Mandolin
Violin
Piano
Tribal drum

Music styles

Musical Theater
Classical
Folk Styles
Gospel
Opera
Acapella
Willing to Try Anything!
Bluegrass

Administrative skills

Marketing
Press Relations
Graphic Design
Web design
Fundraising
Fundraising Events
PR
eMarketing Campaign

Choreography styles

Belly Dance
Fights

Composition styles

Folk Styles

Crew jobs

Child Wrangler
Light Board Operator
Property Master
Sound Operator
Spotlight Operator
Makeup
Hair Stylist
Wardrobe Supervisor
Painter
Sewing

Design

Hair/Wig
Mask
Props
Costumes
Makeup
poster/promotion design

Production

Production
Production Manager
Director
Assistant Director
Production Assistant
Advisory
Fight/Violence Choreography
Dramaturg
Fight Captain
Character Development

Writing skills

Screenplay
Story
Corporate Event
Short Play
Collaborative
Standup Comedy
Poetry
philosophical
Creative Improvisation
Humor
Solo Monologue/Performance Art

Writing influences

Classical
Comedy Standup
Comedy Situational
Comedy Sketch
Commedia dell'Arte
Spoken word
Storytelling
Solo Monologue
Poetry
Comedy
Film