Through a generous grant from The Jenna and Paul Segal Foundation, Broadway Producer Jenna Segal will sponsor a world premiere by a female playwright with a female director for the next five years through SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writer’s Initiative. Beginning in the 17/18 Season, the grant also gives Signature the resources to help playwrights secure second and third productions by bringing artistic directors from across the country to Signature during the run of their plays to meet with the playwright and plan for future productions of the work.
This program is named after acclaimed British playwright and screenwriter Heidi Thomas. Miss Thomas is the creator and executive producer behind the BBC’s Call the Midwife series and adapted the recent Broadway revival of Gigi directed by Eric Schaeffer and produced by Jenna Segal. Heidi’s award-winning theatrical work has been performed at the Liverpool Playhouse, the National Theatre Studio, The Almeida, Chichester Festival and Royal Court Theatres, the National Theatre of Norway, by the Women’s Playhouse Trust and by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her screenwriting has been acknowledged and awarded by BAFTA, the Emmys, The Writers Guild of Great Britain, Women in Film and Television UK, and the Royal Television Society.
Jenna is a former trustee and current donor of WP Theatre, the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of women at every stage in their careers. Jenna was the recipient of the 2016 Women of Achievement Award, by WP Theatre, alongside Martha Plimpton and Trudie Styler.
Jenna Segal founded and created a course with Sharna Goldseker, author of Generation Impact, to recognize the growing need for the next generation of leadership to be trained in non-profit board management. The course is run by 21/64. Jenna was a featured chapter in Sharna’s book GENERATION IMPACT.
Jenna is a former trustee and current donor of A Better Balance, which leverages the power of the law to ensure that no worker has to choose between their job and their family.
Jenna is an Executive Circle Member of the International Women of Elliott at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
The Elliott School has launched a leadership group exclusively for women. I/WE – the GW International Women of Elliott – is designed to raise the global visibility and connectivity of female leaders in the Elliott community. I/WE brings together women in leadership positions for robust dialogue on the unique opportunities and challenges they face. In addition, I/WE members champion the female students of Elliott to ensure those who choose to lead have the resources and tools to do so. The I/WE network is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in international affairs by creating opportunities for women of all backgrounds to become global leaders.
Jenna is a member of the Dean’s Council at Weill Cornell Medicine.
The mission of the Dean’s Council is to advance the goals of research, teaching and patient care at Weill Cornell Medicine. Members provide major, ongoing support to the institution, and serve as its ambassadors in the philanthropic community. Council members enjoy unique opportunities to build relationships with the outstanding physicians and scientists who serve on the Weill Cornell Medicine faculty, and to learn more about the vitally important work that they do. We are proud to count Dean’s Council members among our closest supporters, and to recognize them for their philanthropy and advocacy.