"Jen working as a choreographer, director, dance captain or cast mate, is always a fun learning experience. As a director, she's specific yet versatile when it comes to explaining characters to her actors. Her choreography is the perfect blend of challenging and simple to make the overall effect impressive. Still the most important aspect of the JBC experience is her friendly and jovial persona. She is truly a joy to work with."
Jennifer working with the cast of "Footloose!" at White Plains
Performing Arts Center
"I am a senior in high school, and I plan on pursuing a career in theatre. I have worked with Miss Bauer-Conley for four years in various performing groups and five different shows. In those shows, I have played everything from ensemble to lead roles and she was equally as helpful in both situations.
A good director doesn’t tell you how to fix a problem, a good director helps you work through the problem by stimulating new ways of approaching it. In that sense, Miss Bauer-Conley is an excellent director. She is not only patient and understanding, but she is inspirational and encouraging. I got my first lead role in a show she was directing and choreographing. I had a lot of trouble getting comfortable with my character, Miss Bauer-Conley would stay with me after rehearsals and help me dig deeper into the role. During those small character sessions, she was able to lift my confidence and excitement about the character. Ultimately, the show turned out to be excellent and the audience was amazed at the depth of my character, which would not have been if not for her.
Miss Bauer-Conley is an excellent director in that she doesn’t display superiority to her pupils, instead, she builds a relationship with them. I feel it’s very important to have a director you can talk with about anything, and she was just that. I always felt very comfortable talking to her, she is an encyclopedia of good advice. She is also patient with choreography, if I ever had a problem with a dance step, I could pull her over at any time and she would help. Miss Bauer-Conley is also open to the actors’ opinions. If there was ever something that felt awkward onstage, she was more than willing to talk about it.
In rehearsal Miss Bauer-Conley always found a way to make everyone happy. Even during those long tech rehearsals, when everyone is in bad mood, she found ways to make people smile. For example, she introduced something called the “Happy Yum Yum Box.” This contraption was a decorated shoe box where cast members could drop small notes for each other. At the end of each long rehearsal, we would all sit down and she would read the notes out loud. Each note would make someone smile, either it was compliment, a joke, or something ridiculous, the box led to many, many inside jokes.
Miss Bauer-Conley is a joy to work with. She is inspiring, personable, uplifting, and, most importantly, she truly cares about the show she is working on. I know she will be successful wherever she goes because she is such an astounding director."
Jennifer with the cast of
Yorktown Stage's premiere production of "High School Musical 2".
"I worked with Jen Bauer-Conley in four musicals that spanned the four-year period of my high school career. Jen’s contributions as a choreographer and director have significantly raised the level of quality in our performing arts program. The creativity in her choreography and direction gave every one of the shows that Jen worked on an originality unlike anything our high school had done before, or has done since. On a more personal note, I owe much of my own growth as an actor and dancer to Jen. Through her instruction, she aided me in improving all aspects of my performances, ensuring to bring out the very best in myself as an actor. The highlight of my experience working with Jen came my senior year when I was cast as Willard in the musical, Footloose. I was not a very experienced dancer, and Jen worked tirelessly to help me execute the difficult choreography. I am very proud of my performance in Footloose, which would not have been a fraction of what it was without Jen. A patient and nurturing teacher, Jen Bauer-Conley handles her work in the performing arts with immense care and compassion."