5 Questions with….Jeannine Thompson
Jeannine Thompson plays Amanda in The Inspired Acting Company’s premiere production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives.
1. What first drew you to acting?
My first experience with acting came about in high school. I had some friends that were involved in the theatre program and they convinced me to audition during my junior year. Once I got on stage I never wanted to leave. Those friends definitely changed my life.
2. What is your favorite role you have done?
It's hard to pick a favorite role. There are so many reasons for loving a particular character. Sometimes it's the journey the character takes or the lessons that they learn or even the message that is conveyed. Playing Nora in A Doll's House, Part 2 was one of my favorites. It was a joy to play such a strong woman who had ideas far ahead of her time. I love shows that make you think and inspire conversations. I also love shows that simply entertain and make you laugh.
3. What excites you the most about your role in Private Lives?
What excites me most about playing Amanda in Private Lives is her rapid changes in mood. One moment she is poised and fully in charge of herself and the situation and the next she's lost all control and is completely raw in her desires and needs.
4. How has your journey been working with The Inspired Acting Company been so far?
Working with The Inspired Acting Company and Jeff Thomakos has been wonderful. The atmosphere is open and welcoming. I've learned so much from Jeff and my fellow cast-mates. It's all about creativity, community and exploration. It's been a safe place to play and grow.
5. What are most looking forward to when the show opens?
I'm looking forward to sharing this show with all of you. My hope is that we entertain and inspire you. And that you leave the theatre feeling happy that you came.