Acting

Acting: Dot

The Shealy clan's bonds are tenuous when the story opens. Shelly (Jacqueline Thompson) has been essentially on her own in taking care of Dotty (Thomasina Clarke) for the past year, and the situation has taken on toll on both of them. Even Dotty's smallest lapses in memory — getting up to get salt and returning instead with Oreos — enrage Shelly to the point that she screams out loud. Thompson and Clarke play beautifully off each other, as Dotty circles back to the beginning of conversations to repeat all the questions of five minutes ago while Shelly stews, clearly tired of hearing the same stories and physically tired as well.

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Producing/ In The News

In The News: Rooms Where It Happens: St. Louis’s Rising Leaders of Color

Five colleagues I got to know over the past year through TCG’s professional development program, which adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

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In The News: A Passion for Socially Conscious Theater Draws Visionary Awards Honoree Jacqueline Thompson to the Stage

It took Jacqueline Thompson a while to come around to considering the theater as a full-time proposition.

“People think actors are all extroverted and the life of the party, but that’s not my personality,” Thompson says. “I’m an introvert—I can turn on that other side, but being able to find my voice on and off the stage has been something that has been a slow process to come into.”

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In The News: Jacqueline Thompson among 2019 Saint Louis Visionary Award honorees ....stlamerican.com

“It’s no easy thing – and the work can be thankless at times – but it’s worth it,” Jacqueline Thompson said of a director’s life after the actors took their final bow during the run ...

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In The News: Jacqueline Thompson Is One of St. Louis' Most Versatile Performers

Maybe you recognize actress and director Jacqueline Thompson because you saw her in the PSA that aired during the Super Bowl last year, playing a mother who lost her child to a drug overdose.

Maybe you caught her here onstage. In just the last year, she’s played a worn-out, care-giving daughter in “Dot” at the Black Rep, a South African psychologist in “A Human Being Died That Night” at Upstream Theater and a lonely seamstress in “Intimate Apparel” at the New Jewish Theatre.

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In The News: Rising Leaders

NEW YORK CITY: Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the participants in the third round of the Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) Program. The program, which is supported by the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides professional development and networking opportunities to early-career leaders, as well as an arts journalist, based in St. Louis City/County and New York City.

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Directing

Directing: Crumbs From The Table Of Joy

ST. PETERSBURG — The title of Crumbs from the Table of Joy comes from the Langston Hughes’ poem Luck.

And while the play at Freefall Theatre is not about luck per se, it deals with the human experience of finding those nuggets of happiness and strength buried in difficult times....tampabay.com

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Directing: Games Dad Didn't Play

Directing: Fabulation

UofL’s African American Theatre Program’s current offering, Lynn Nottage’s “Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine” continues its tradition of presenting important and underrepresented work to the Louisville theatrical community.

Nottage is a celebrated playwright and an important part of the theatrical conversation of the moment; her 2017 play “Sweat” won her the second of her (so far) two Pulitzer Prizes.

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