Brian Jennings, an adjunct faculty member in the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences, was honored with a Gordon Clark Ramsey Award for Creative Excellence at the University’s annual Faculty/Staff Kickoff on Wednesday Aug 29. The award recognizes the exemplary contributions of the University’s adjunct and part-time faculty members and is presented for a proposed scholarly or creative project related to classroom teaching.
A University faculty member since 1999 – first in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art History, Cinema, and Drama, and subsequently in the Department of English’s drama program – Jennings has brought a complex perspective gained from more than 20 years of professional experience in theatre. His background as an actor, director, and choreographer for a variety of local professional groups and his study of theatre in Europe (2005), Cape Verde (2006-07), and South Africa (2009) feeds the critical rigor and practical knowledge students find in all of his courses.
He has directed seven productions for the University Players, including The Adding Machine (2000), Mad Forest (2002), The Triumph of Love (2003), Stop Kiss (2004), and A Doll’s House (2010), which was entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
Whether students are looking for a taste of theatre appreciation or want to pursue theatrical careers, they find in Jennings a passionate instructor who pushed his student to give their all.