Staff Profile: Jennifer Lane, Literary Manager
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Staff Profile: Jennifer Lane, Literary Manager

APAC's Literary Manager Jennifer Lane

How did you arrive at APAC? What path brought you here?

I first met Tom at Ensemble Studio Theatre where I was an intern and he was the director of the intern lab. I had such a great time working with him there that as the lab was drawing to a close, I inquired as to whether APAC had a literary manager. “No, we don’t,” he said, to which I replied, “Well, do you want one?”

What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?

I love working with other writers, and supporting them as they figure out the best way to tell the story in their heads. Every new play is such a phenomenal learning experience — how a writer works with structure, what the rhythm of their dialogue is like, what their process is. And the opportunity to be a sounding board for them as they continue to develop their idea is really exciting for me.

What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?

I am passionately devoted to women’s issues. So on a professional level, I am interested in lady writers (classifying “lady” as anyone who self-identifies as female), and how the numbers still tend to skew against them. (A fantastic resource on this issue is However, I’m also a big gamer geek so I like to keep abreast of the female voice in the video gaming industry and in the professional world in general.

Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

I love to run, and ever since I moved back to Astoria, I can frequently be found on the track at Astoria Park. I also love to play video games, am an avid reader of contemporary fiction, and can never see too many movies. Also, wine with friends, that’s another favorite thing.

Where did you grow up and why aren’t you there now?

I grew up in Troy, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit that was about fifteen minutes outside the city. It was a great place to grow up, and Michigan is an incredibly beautiful state. But the economy there is one of the worst in the country, and theater opportunities are very limited (despite there being some real gems scattered across the state) so I moved to New York for undergrad and have been a New Yorker ever since.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Writing. Even before I decided to pursue a career in the literary and/or dramatic arts, I was a constant journaler and storyteller. It’s part of how I understand the world in which I live, and I could never, ever give it up.

Why would someone not want to work with you?

I can be a bit of a daydreamer, which is great for creative problem-solving and not-so-great for deadlines.

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