Jennifer Lynn Rusk

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Jennifer Lynn Rusk (Director) feels amazingly blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to direct A Raisin In The Sun. This is Rusk’s directing debut at Community Players Theater.  She is honored  as an African-American woman, to be able to help tell the story of A Raisin In the Sun by African American playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry.  Hansberry’s play A Raisin In The Sun is timeless and still speaks today about the American Dream and what it is to be Black and Brown in America.  She has also been in various theatrical productions in the community. Rusk’s favorite role to date is Ursula in Community Players Theatre’s production, The Little Mermaid.

Jennifer is an alum of ISU where she majored in Theatre with an emphasis in acting. Go you Redbirds! She would like to thank her earthly guardian angel, her Mother Joyce Rusk. She has been a sounding board, rock, inspiration, and constant source of love. Her Mother Joyce Rusk instilled in her a love for the arts at an early age. She also would like to thank her heavenly guardian angel, her Father Rosevelt Rusk. She thanks her Father for his tough love, and instilling in her to have a never give up attitude.  Jennifer would like to thank the rowdy girls Akira Caldwell and LaToya Doage for all their support, love, laughter and encouragement. Lastly, she gives a heartfelt thanks to the cast, crew and production staff of A Raisin In The Sun.  Thank you for pouring your hearts and souls into this production. Thank you for your talents, insight and labor of love.


A Raisin in the Sun


Big River

Black Ensemble

Deadwood Dick or A Game of Gold

Amanda Hugenkiss

Story Theatre


Shrek The Musical

Mama Bear
Dragon Lady



To Kill a Mockingbird

Sister Sykes

Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2017)

Set Construction


Motormouth Maybelle

August: Osage County

Assistant Director