PEP | Performers Exchange Project

Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell


Jennifer emerged from the shallow backwaters of the Chesapeake Bay to study theatre at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and The Neighborhood Playhouse (NYC). In 1993 she transferred to University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, and graduated with a degree in English Literature. She proceeded to worm her way into the physical theatre company Foolery in 1998 (Something Wanting, The Winter’s Tale, Cesario, Life’s a Dream, Vassilisa the Brave).  In 2005, she became a founding member of PEP. She performed in Zelda & Lucia’s Loony Bin Tragedy as part of A Charlottesville Wunderkammer, acted as Artistic Director and emcee of Shentai and wrote Dido vs The Squid Monster for Shentai.

Jennifer has performed over the years with local theaters Live Arts (The Visit, Marriage of Bette and Boo, A Bright Room Called Day, Angels in America Part I, Our Lady of 121st Street, Mother Courage) and Offstage Theater. She has also studied with Mariana Sadowska, DAH Theatar’s Maja Mitic, and Butoh artist Maureen Fleming.

She is the instigator behind CLAW (Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers) and a founding partner of Category 4, a web development company.

Jennifer lives in Charlottesville, VA, with her daughter Harper June.