Jenny Avery has been the Director of NHSI since September 2015. Jenny has worked as an arts administrator, teaching artist, and actor in Chicago for the past 20 years. As an arts administrator, Jenny has been the Artistic Director of Next Theatre and the Education Director for American Theatre Company, and held positions at the Harris Music and Dance Theatre and Roadworks Productions. She has taught acting at DePaul University and been a teaching artist for Writers Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Gallery 37, and Urban Gateways, teaching high school and middle school students around the Chicagoland area. As an actor, she has worked at a number of theaters in Chicago, including Steppenwolf, Northlight, Writers Theatre, Victory Gardens, Next, Chicago Dramatists, American Theater Company, Timeline Theatre, About Face Theatre, The Gift, and Strawdog.