Filmmaker - Theatre Director
Screenwriter - Playwright
Do, or do not. There is no “try”.
– Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
I am an independent filmmaker, theatre director, screenwriter, educator, and playwright, and I am living proof that life does not need to slow down when you get to the middle. I graduated from Drew University in 1992 with a BA in Theatre Arts. After the youngest of my five children went to school, I co-founded and ran Cornerstone Performing Arts Center in Fitchburg, MA, where I oversaw a small non-equity theatre company and directed multiple productions every year.
In 2012, I returned to school to study film/video production at Fitchburg State University, where I wrote and directed two short films and was awarded 2014 Film Student of the Year. While at Fitchburg State, I wrote and directed a short film titled Home, which screened at Woods Hole Film Festival, LA Women's International Film Festival, Boston International Film Festival , and International Film Festival of Cinematic Art.
In July 2016, I graduated from New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) with a MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen. While at NHIA I wrote three feature-length screenplays and one full-length play. My short film Charlie & Poppy screened at nearly 20 film festivals around the world and took home three "best of" awards. In 2018, my short film based on my feature film, The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop was selected to screen at Rhode Island International Film Festival and took home first place in the Kids Eye Competition. In 2019, The Extraordinary World of Cecily Blinkstop screened in the New England Film Festival where it won the Overall Audience Award and runner up for Best Drama.
I teach half time on the Humanities faculty at Regis College in Weston, MA. I live in Worcester, MA, with my husband of 29 years. We have five grown children and a dog named Stewart.
Jennifer Potts is a member of the following organizations: New York Women in Film & Television, Women in Film & Video New England, Women Make Movies, Independent Filmmaker Project, Filmmakers Collaborative, and North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce.