Jenny Ampersand is a designer based in Portland OR. Jenny is an associate artist with PETE (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble) and since 2013 has been making work with them from building extinct birds out of zippers and velvet, fashioning ocean creatures who work in an office, to turning Chekhov’s Yelena into a disco ball. Other local credits include Third Rail (Revolt. She Said. Revolt again., The Realistic Joneses, Annapurna, Lungs, Men on Boats, John, Melancholy play, Kiss, and Arlington) Shaking The Tree (Doll’s House and Head, Hands, Feet) Oregon Children’s Theater (Diary of a Worm, Spider, & Fly, Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Flora & Ulysses) Liminal Performance Group (Our Town, Gertrude Stein, The Resurrectory, and 7Deadly Sins) Phame (Up the Fall and Dark Side of the Moon). Other theatre adjacent highlights include creating lighted headdresses for local choir In Mulieribus’ performance of Hildegard Von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum, painting scenery for the 2007 film Cthulhu, and collaborating with Wobbly Dance on oceanic costumes for their dance film Tidal.
Jenny has been a guest designer at Reed College and has guest taught with Institute for Contemporary Performance and Western Oregon University.
BFA Cornish College of the Arts 2003
At Lewis & Clark College, Jenny teaches students practical hands-on skills through her work in the costume shop as well as the Theatre Graphics and Stage Makeup courses.