Jennifer McKinley is a writer and theatre artist from Toronto (Tkaranto). She’s been a member of the Feminist Art Collective since its inception and has worked doggedly as a coordinator for FAC events and exhibitions. She is particularly proud of her work as the project manager for the digitization of the Women’s Kit, a feminist educational resource published by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in the 1970s.
She was one of the co-artistic directors of Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival (2014-2017) and she produced Jacqueries, Part One (Jacob Niedzwiecki/SummerWorks), which received the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation. In 2017, Jennifer debuted her full-length, solo dark comedy, Operation SUNshine, at the Toronto Fringe Festival, and remounted it at the Storefront Theatre’s Feminist Fuck It Festival.
She is an intersectional feminist and fourth generation settler on Turtle Island of mixed European and African American ancestry. She centres herself as subject for most of her writing and uses dark humour to explore themes of history, memory, grief, horror, injustice, intergenerational trauma, and the uncanny.
Jennifer is a graduate of University of Toronto (Hon. BA, History and English), Humber College (Certificate, Comedy: Writing and Performance), and the Second City Training Centre (Improvisation Conservatory). She has studied clown and physical theatre, and she’s currently working on her final assignment for the Creative Writing program at UofT’s School of Continuing Studies.