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"Returning as director, Jen Coles oversees a show stripped down to the bare essentials... she fills almost every moment with bustling movement, her cast’s paths crossing constantly." - Review of Ordinary Days by The Stage.
"Director Jen Coles has a real understanding of how to utilize a small space to maximum affect."
- Review of Ordinary Days by WestEndWilma.com.
"Jen Coles’ direction is beautifully restrained, allowing character and relationships room to breathe and to tell the story with crystal clarity."
- Review of Ordinary Days (Edinburgh Fringe) by MusicalTheatreReview.com
"Finally, Jen Coles...appears to have made choices that emphasized the show's central dramatic conceit, that people in love can both come beautifully together, and be simultaneously moving apart."
-Audience Member, The Last Five Years
Jen is the co-Artistic Director and Executive Producer of Streetlights, People! Productions. Through Streetlights, she has directed two short films (The Fitness Problem with Nora Perone and Diary of An (Almost) Sex Tape). Both videos received positive feedback from viewers, commenting on the charm and wit at the heart of both. Soon after, Jen was invited to direct the revival of Adam Gwon's musical Ordinary Days. Her unique style to directing helped lead the production to critical success . An emotionally rewarding experience, it has lead Jen to pursue further directing opportunities, both with Streetlights and beyond.
Ordinary Days transferred to the London Theatre Workshop to critical acclaim, and then went on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, again to acclaim. Shortly afterwards, as winners of the Kensington Eddies Award 2017, Ordinary Days transferred for the fourth time to the Drayton Arms Theatre. Also at the Drayton, Jen directed, choreographed in part, co-produced and performed in the cabaret Crazy Ex-Fangirls with Streetlights, utilising the music from the hit TV show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She then flew to America and directed The Last Five Years at the Monongalia Arts Center, produced by WV Public Theatre. Jen has also directed two pieces for two Scratched events, run by the Hidden Theatre Company, and served as Resident Director for the immersive production Variant 31.
"Jen came into Ordinary Days with a completely fresh perspective on the material. She placed her unique stamp on the show; in particular, using abstract movement to complement the music and create another layer of storytelling. Jen's strength lies in developing and utilising the strengths of the individual performers for the overall benefit of the piece. She was a terrific director to work with because she encouraged a collaborative environment, listening carefully to everyone's ideas and melding them with her vision."
–Nora Perone, Deb, Ordinary Days
"Thanks to our magnificent director Jen for keeping us honest when we'd rather feel safe, and for keeping us safe when we think we're invincible."
-Dan Stevens, Jamie, The Last Five Years