About Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell

Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell is a theatre and performance artist, a lady arm wrestler, and a single mother. She has co-created theater, performance art, and two media businesses in Charlottesville since moving here in 1993 to attend UVA.

When the Public Artist residency commences at the Bridge in September, she will also accept the Founders Cville 2015 award, which honors individuals whose “groundbreaking and original work has impacted Charlottesville and the world.”

For ten years, Jennifer has been a member of devised theater collective PEP (Performers Exchange Project) which she co-founded in 2005 with five other women artists. With PEP she co-created and performed in original plays Zelda & Lucia’s Loony Bin Tragedy (the anchor production of the carnival A Charlottesville Wunderkammer), Dido vs. The Squid Monster, and Our American Ann Sisters, a touring production that premiered at Live Arts in 2009. She was Artistic Director and emcee of the carnival of performance, Shentai, for which she conceived of and wrote the text of the play Dido vs The Squid Monster. She also wrote the text for Our American Ann Sisters and PEP’s currently-touring playThe Convolution of Pip & Twig. Before PEP, Jennifer was an ensemble member of devised theatre company Foolery from 1998 to 2002.

Jennifer’s performance art projects include the activist persona of Miss Representation, a fake beauty queen who defends the misrepresented and forgotten women of history like Sacagawea; the Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLAW), a theatrical ladies arm wrestling league that has spread to 30 cities and counting, and While You Wait, a tiny mobile gallery of mystery she tours around her city regularly, inviting participants to spend 5 minutes alone with whatever art, performance or object is inside the 6×6 space. The Bridge assisted with logistics and materials for While You Wait at its inception and has been a supporter ever since with in-kind services.

From 2008-2010, Jennifer and her friend and collaborator Sian Richards ran an artists salon called ASSEMBLY at the Bridge focused on sharing artist process and resources.

Jennifer studied theatre at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and the Neighborhood Playhouse (NYC) and received her degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia.

She is currently an MFA Playwriting candidate at Hollins University’s Playwrights Lab and was the recipient of their inaugural First Year Scholarship, a merit-based grant to playwrights showing special promise. Her play NO WAKE was chosen for the Hollins New Works Festival in Summer 2015. She will produce a premiere of the stageplay version of NO WAKE in Los Angeles in 2017.