Jeanmarie has been training actors for more than 30 years. Her simple, practical approach cuts through the layers of confusion and helps actors to quickly hit their confident stride.
When she was only 22 years of age, Jeanmarie presented at San Francisco State University a 3-week master class on Elizabethan movement/Shakespeare technique. She went on to present hundreds of classes, seminars, workshops and intensives in advanced acting, improvisation, contact improvisation, directing and writing at colleges, universities, theatres and community centers. (UC Berkeley, University of Washington, Washington State, University of Nevada (Reno and Las Vegas), University of Arizona, Claremont Colleges, Evergreen State College, University of Mt. Shasta, Naropa Institute and many others.
In the k-12 classroom, Jeanmarie spent decades creating original works and adaptations of classics in a “poor theatre” construct. Though teachers, parents and even the kids were often skeptical in the beginning (What? No big sets? No glorious costumes?!), ultimately they saw the benefits of strong focus on performance, and were usually delighted with the outcome. (Let’s face it – some people enjoy the glitz and glamor above all else, and more power to them.)
If you’re interested in studying with Jeanmarie privately, or in small groups, please contact her.