Jen Canole is Trinity Rep’s Director of Development.
In 1999, Jen Canole moved east from Buffalo, NY to take a season-long internship at a regional theater in a state she’d never visited. And she never left. Seventeen years later, she was named Director of Development of Trinity Rep. In the years between, she held a variety of titles in development and external relations (including Grants Writer and Associate Director); secured the seed funding that launched Trinity Rep’s Young Actors Studio, Project Discovery Plus, Trinity Rep Active Imagination Network (TRAIN), Creative Classrooms, and Open Access Theater; was named to PBN’s 40 Under Forty list; and became a Rhode Islander. Jen lives in Lincoln with her husband and two sons.
“Part of what drew me to theater early on was the collaborative nature of the art form and the community that the creative process creates — when you work on a show, you’re not just building a show, you’re part of this group of people who may not have crossed paths otherwise, working for a common goal. My work in development has allowed me to continue building those collaborative relationships with donors, trustees, staff and program beneficiaries, all while working for a common goal — making the world a better place through an organization that we love.”