Jenna Fischer to Visit Campus


Alumna and Emmy-nominated actress Jenna Fischer will return to Truman in April for the Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series.

Since graduating from the University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1995, Fischer’s career includes more than 50 credits as an actor and producer. She is best known for her role as Pam on the hit NBC comedy “The Office,” and she currently stars on the ABC series “Splitting Up Together.” Among the feature films in her body of work are roles in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “Blades of Glory” and director Clint Eastwood’s 2018 picture “The 15:17 to Paris.” After completing “The Office,” she starred in the off-Broadway production of Neil LaBute’s play “Reasons to be Happy.”

Fischer’s career in Hollywood goes beyond her acting duties. She starred in, and produced, the movie “The Giant Mechanical Man,” and she is currently producing and developing the comedy television series “National Parker” for Freeform. In 2017, she wrote “The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide,” which documents her path to becoming a professional actor.

As part of the Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series, Fischer will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 5 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. The event is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets can be reserved online and picked up the night of the event. They also will be available at various locations on campus and at several Kirksville businesses, with details to be announced soon.

Fischer will sign copies of her book for a limited time following the presentation. Copies of “The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide” can be purchased in advance through the University Bookstore. Attendees must have a copy of the book for access to the book signing. No other materials or memorabilia will be signed and there will be no photography or video allowed during the talk or book signing.  

The Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series was created in honor of Squire Paul and Meeda (Daniel) Holman by their children to honor their parents’ long association with Truman. It is funded through an endowment with the Truman State University Foundation. For more information, email or call 660.785.4016.