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 a Philly resident from Harlem, NY. She is an AUDELCO and Barrymore Award winning actress, as well as a highly acclaimed poet. Owens is a member of The Wilma Theater’s resident acting company, HotHouse. Recent theatre credits include: Passage (The Wilma Theater); The Revolutionists (Theatre Horizon); WHITE (Theatre Horizon). As a spoken word poet, Jaylene has competed in the Apollo Theater Amateur Night competition, in which she won 1st place for her spoken word poem, “SoHa.” Her debut book of poetry, AfroPoetic, is now available on Amazon. Her poem, “My Voice, My Choice” was a runner-up in the 2018 Button Poetry Video Contest. For more information visit JayleneClarkOwens.com.