Jennifer Canole

Interim Executive Director and Director of Development
Phone: (401) 453-9234

Originally from just outside of Buffalo, NY, Jen (she/her) moved to Providence in 1999 for a season-long internship at a regional theater in a state she’d never visited. And she never left. She loved the city, the theater, the work, and the people — and at the end of that internship, she joined the development staff.

For the next 16 years, Jen held a variety of titles and responsibilities in development and external relations, from Grants Writer to Associate Director. She secured the seed money that launched Trinity Rep’s Young Actors Studio (after-school and summer programs), Project Discovery Plus (in-school residencies supporting student matinee attendance), Trinity Rep Active Imagination Network (programs for children and adults with autism, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities), and Open Access Theater; served on the board of Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts; worked on multiple capital campaigns and dozens of special events; and raised millions of dollars for the theater’s operations, facilities, programs, and endowment. She was recognized for her work with a Providence Business News 40 Under Forty Award in 2013.

In October 2016, Jen was promoted to Director of Development. A member of the theater’s senior management team, she sets strategy for and leads the Trinity Rep’s fundraising and development operations. During her time in this role, annual fund income has nearly doubled and the number of donors to the theater has increased five-fold.

Over her 22 years with the theater, Jen has worked alongside three artistic directors and four executive directors to ensure that Trinity Rep has the philanthropic resources needed to advance its mission and vision. She is deeply committed to Trinity Rep, and is honored to serve as Interim Executive Director.

Jen has a BA in English, with a theater minor, from Ithaca College. She lives in Lincoln, RI, with her husband, two sons, and a lab who snores really loudly.