JERRELL L. HENDERSON is a director, teaching artist, and puppeteer. Recent directing credits include The Dark at the Top of the Stairs with Eclipse Theatre and Salt Pepper Ketchup with Passage Theatre and InterAct Theatre. Other credits include Red Summer: A New American Play with Music by Shepsu Aakhu and Andy White with MPAACT Theatre & Fleetwood-Jordain Theatre and The Freaks Of Mercy by Joel Drake Johnson at Chicago Dramatists: The Saturday Series. Upcoming productions include Untitled with Inis Nua Theatre, The River with BoHo Theatre, and Something Like A War: A New Musical with 11th Hour Theatre. His shadow play adaptation, 3 American Myths: A Riff in Shadow & Light in 3 Rhythmic Movements was a finalist for a 2019 Jim Henson Foundation Grant. As an assistant director, Jerrell has worked with Victory Gardens Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre. As an educator, Jerrell has taught and directed at several institutions including Illinois State University, Northwestern University, The University of the Arts, and Actor’s Training Center. He received a BA in Theatre Arts from The Pennsylvania State University, an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University, is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a member of Victory Gardens Directors Inclusion Initiative, 2017-2018.