After the House Lights exists to shine the spotlight on the theatre artists making work that’s innovative and compelling, the presenters giving those works a venue, the funders who believe in those artists and their daring projects, the journalists, podcasters, photographers and bloggers providing feedback and sharing the behind-the-scenes stories, and the audiences that are willing to take a risk and see one of the hundreds of shows staged in Edmonton each year.
After the House Lights is primarily written by Jenna Marynowski. I am an Edmonton-based marketer, theatre-lover and fitness instructor/enthusiast. My addiction to theatre started shortly after I moved to Edmonton and is one of the main drivers of my love for this city. In 2009 I started writing for Sound + Noise, a music and theatre blog founded by Dr. Michael D. MacDonald as a pedagogical extension of his popular music courses, later becoming the Managing Editor. I started After the House Lights in 2013 as one of Edmonton’s first blogs dedicated solely to the theatre community.
Outside of my work, blog, and fitness pursuits, I am an active member of Edmonton’s community, contributing to Walterdale Theatre as Co-Director of Publicity, filling various theatre companies’ front-of-house and casino shifts, the Edmonton Food Bank, and my employer’s special interest group supporting women.
Get in touch
For artists wanting to get the word out about their show, or anyone interested in writing a guest post, email me at email@example.com (inquiries about After the House Lights only, please).
If you’d like to share thoughts on a piece of theatre I’ve written about, I encourage you to use the comment section of the posts, or reach out to me on social media – open and honest dialogue about theatre and theatre criticism is vitally important to the growth of the industry. Sharing those thoughts one-on-one is great; opening a thoughtful public dialogue is even better.
Thank you to all the readers, artists, and arts-supporting organizations that have helped After the House Lights receive the following recognition:
- Winner of the 2017 John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts
- Tied in Vue Weekly’s 2016 Best of Edmonton Awards in Best Cultural Blog category
- Runner-up for Vue Weekly‘s 2015 Best of Edmonton Award in Best Culture Blog category
- Winner of 2014 Yeggies Award in Arts & Culture category
How I work
After the House Lights is a labour of love and passion. Any opinions on After the House Lights are those of the author the post is credited to. I retain full editorial control over everything posted under my username, jennamarynowski, and don’t censor any guest posts written under their author’s respective usernames.
I receive complimentary tickets to see most of the shows I review on After the House Lights. While I’m thankful for those tickets, the artists don’t exert editorial control over the opinions I post on this blog.