QUENNA LENÉ BARRETT | THEATRE ARTIST
Actor | Educator | Writer | Director
Quenna Lené Barrett is an actress, director, and theatre educator, who develops programs that amplify teen + community voice and hold space to rehearse, tell, and change the stories of their lives. She is a company member with ICAH’s For Youth Inquiry company, Associate Artist with Pivot Arts, co-curator for Theatre of the Lake, and serves as the Associate Director of Education at the Goodman.
She has organized with the Black Youth Project100 and #LetUsBreathe Collective, and is a company member at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health For Youth Inquiry, where she where she directs and performs participatory plays supporting the sexual health and rights of young people. Quenna is a Chicago native who received her BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters in Applied Theatre from the University of Southern California, and is currently pursuing a doctorate of education in Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt.
Continuing to build the world she wants to see/live in, she is developing a practice of poetic performance, and is currently re-writing the Declaration of Independence as a Free Street artist-in-residence.
Recent performance and directorial credits include: Re-Writing the Declaration with Free Street Theatre and NYU Steinhardt (Director), Don't Go with Sojourn Theatre Company, Ctr Alt Delete and ob•li•ves•cence, The Theatre School at DePaul (Director); Free Street Theatre's 50 in 50 (Director); Black Lives Black Words I Am...Fest at the Goodman, Eclipsed at Pegasus Theatre (Assistant Director), Radio Golf at Court Theatre (u/s), The Green Book at Pegasus, This Boat Called My Body and First with FYI (Director), Theatre Unspeakable's Moon Shot and American Revolution, and Cor Theatre's Late Company (u/s).