Who we are

InSite was founded by Luann Purcell Jennings.

Luann directed plays and taught acting in Atlanta, GA, for a dozen years after getting her MFA in directing from the University of Tennessee and her BFA in acting from Baylor. During that time she worked regularly with several theatre companies, including Actors Express and FirstStage Atlanta, a theatre company for families that she helped to found. She left Atlanta in 2002 to study the Meisner Technique of actor training in New York City, where she also met and married Chuck Jennings, a jazz guitar player. Luann did some directing in NYC, most notably collaborating with actor George Drance in his one-man presentation of the Gospel of Mark at the world-renowned off-off-Broadway experimental theatre, La MaMa ETC. But most of her time was spent in ministry at Redeemer Presbyterian Church as the Director of Arts Ministries, then as the Resident Assistant and Lecturer for Baylor’s semester-in-New York program. She learned from the Baylor students about the exciting things going on in the arts in Waco, and she was eager to be part of a growing and vibrant arts community. So Luann, Chuck, and the two cats moved to Waco in the summer of 2016.

Luann wears many hats. She works part-time with Creative Waco, our local arts agency; lives and works at Good Neighbor House, a residential community center in Sanger Heights; helps with administration of Christians in Theatre Arts, a national organization; runs Waco Civic Theatre’s program for local schools; and recently taught classes in arts entrepreneurship (Baylor), arts appreciation (Baylor Continuing Education), Shakespeare (Indian Springs Middle School) and acting (InSite).

In addition to directing The Second Shepherds Play and Autobahn for InSite, Luann will be directing The Three Musketeers in early 2018 for Waco Civic Theatre.