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 serves as a trustee and is the governance committee chair 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.