Jean is the former Artistic Director of Footsteps Theatre in Chicago (1991-1999) and New World Repertory Theater in Downers Grove (2003-2009). She graduated with honors from DePaul University’s Theatre School (formerly the Goodman School of Drama) in 2002 with an MFA in Directing. Jean has directed more than thirty productions in her career, ranging from new plays and adaptations, to children’s theatre to Shakespeare. She has appeared on various Chicago stages and online readings as an actress, most recently appearing as Prospero in The Tempest for Hong Kong Live Play Readings. She is also a published playwright (NextStagePress.net). Three of her original plays have been produced, one receiving an After Dark Award from Gay Chicago Magazine. Also an entrepreneur, Jean opened a Montessori school in 2010, and experienced great success in growing the school into a thriving business. Jean focused her creative energy on writing while running the school, and has recently stepped fully back into the theatrical arena. In 2020, she founded Dragonfly Theatre Company to provide a virtual creative outlet for artists during the pandemic.