Proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America
Jan has roots in the dramatic arts that extend back many years. In the seventies, as part of a team of actors and writers, she helped create original work with The Whole Works Women's Theater Collective, and combined art forms a decade later as a founding member of Streetwise, Women's Martial Arts Theater. After a satisfying and fruitful sojourn through the martial arts world, Jan returned to theater to continue to hone both her acting and writing skills. Following the successful launch of her solo work, No Fences, in 1998, she immersed herself in the study and practice of playwriting, at San Francisco State University, where she studied with talented and skilled playwrights, including Michelle Carter, Roy Conboy, Anne Galjour, Brighde Mullins and Brian Thorstenson. Her short play The First Page was a national finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Since that time, her work has taken the stage in readings and productions around the San Francisco Bay Area, in her home state of Indiana, and in the great state of Alaska. Also a filmmaker, working either side of the camera, Jan is a longtime member of the San Francisco based improv film company, Barewitness Films.