I am so appreciative of the exploration that I get to do as a member of HotHouse. We get to explore plays, including ones that are new or still in the process of being written, which is exciting. We also get to explore our bodies and voices through the various exercises that we do and the many guests that we have that come in to lead some of our sessions. It is a place where I can feel comfortable trying new things, and even failing at something, because I’m surrounded by this company of actors with whom I have formed this special bond.
Jaylene Clark Owens is an AUDELCO and Barrymore Award-winning actress, as well as a highly acclaimed spoken word poet, from Harlem, NY. She is the author of AfroPoetic, her debut collection of poetry. Signed copies, and other merch items, are now available for purchase on her website. She received her BFA from Ithaca College, where she founded, and led, the spoken word organization, Spit That!. Jaylene is a part of The Wilma Theater’s resident acting company, HotHouse, in Philadelphia, PA. She has been seen in numerous productions in Philadelphia including WHITE (Theatre Horizon), Red Speedo (Theatre Exile), and her Barrymore Award-winning performance in An Octoroon (The Wilma Theater). As a part of the Barrymore Awards, she is the 2019 winner of the illustrious F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Artist. She is the Executive Director of Harlem KW Project, LLC, a theatrical company she created with three other women to create the spoken word infused play, Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale. In 2012 she won first place in the Apollo Theater Amateur Night contest for her poem, “SoHa.” She is an alum of the prestigious theatre-in-verse #BARS Workshop at the Public Theater, led by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs. In addition to performing spoken word, she is also a teaching artist. She has taught several poetry writing workshops with students ranging from second grade to adults. Jaylene is the co-founder, and co-host, of the live video podcast, “#PoppaPank,” which she created with fellow HotHouse actor, Justin Jain. For more information about Jaylene visit JayleneClarkOwens.com.