Janet Preus is an award-winning journalist, songwriter, essay writer, and playwright. She’s directed dozens of plays, musicals, and light opera and now reviews Twin Cities theater for www.howwastheshow.com.
She is an alumni member of the New Tuners Workshop in Chicago, where her show Ever After (composer/co-lyricist) was featured in the Stages Festival of New Musicals, and Snip, Snap, Snute, a show based on Norwegian folklore, received a public reading. She has written for Nashville-based Church Musicals Inc., and spent quite a bit of time in Nashville, honing her skills with some of the best songwriters in the world. She has released two CD’s of original songs: Hersongs and Water From Snow.
She continues to direct on occasion; most recently it was her newest play, Hank & Jesus, for the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival. She also acted in, coordinated music for, and directed Trans Families in the fall of 2015.
She holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree, a Bachelor’s in English, and a speech and theater major, and she is the recipient of grants from the Jerome Foundation and the McKnight Foundation. Memberships include the Minneapolis Writers Workshop, Dramatists Guild, the Playwright’s Center, ASCAP, and co-founder of the New Musical Theatre Exchange.