Jacqueline

Chenault

Actor, Software Developer, All-Around Awesome.
AKA A Digital Native.

Credits

Theatre | Selected Credits

Astro Boy and the God of Comics Astro Boy (U/S) Studio Theatre 2nd Stage
Fallbeil Else Glass Mind Theatre Company
Violent Delights:
A Shakespearean Brawl-esque Sideshow
Mother Capital Fringe Festival / Off the Quill Productions
Medieval Story Land*
* Original Cast & Fall Fringe Remount
Destiny / Fight Captain Capitol Fringe Festival / Fall Fringe / Red Knight Productions
Romeo and Juliet Capulet Wife Baltimore Shakespeare Factory
Hamlet Ophelia Maryland Renaissance Festival
A Midsummer Night's Dream Cobweb Maryland Renaissance Festival
A Victorian Christmas Music Hall Bessie Bellwood, Cancan Dancer Extraordinaire Maryland Renaissance Festival
Merchant of Venice Jessica Rude Mechanicals
Titus Andronicus Lavinia Rude Mechanicals
Collected Stories Lisa Studio Theatre Conservatory
2B or not 2B Frannie Studio Theatre Conservatory
A Shayna Maidel Rose Studio Theatre Conservatory
The Glass Menagerie Laura Studio Theatre Conservatory
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Helena Studio Theatre Conservatory
Hamlet Ophelia Studio Theatre Conservatory
Rabbit Hole Izzy Studio Theatre Conservatory
Romeo & Juliet Juliet Studio Theatre Conservatory
The Master Builder Hilda Studio Theatre Conservatory
Three Sisters Natasha Studio Theatre Conservatory

Film | Selected Credits

Similar Taste Lead Illuminaire Productions
Ten of Suns Lead Illuminaire Productions
The Delivery Lead Student Film
One Last Chance Supporting Illuminaire Productions
Nine to Five Supporting Student Film

Training & Workshops

Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory
Principles of Realism, Character & Emotion, Shakespeare I, Greek Tragedy, Comedy, Shaw/Ibsen/Chekhov, Voice I, Movement, Classical Voice & Movement, Musical Theatre
Tooth & Claw Combat Arts
Instructors include Casey Kaleba, Matt Wilson, Craig Lawrence
Bond vs Bourne Workshop, Broadsword, Martial Arts
The British American Dramatic Academy
Shakespeare, Modern, Voice, Movement, Audition Techniques

Special Skills

Stage Combat
Unarmed, Knife, Single Sword, Theatrical Firearms [8mm semi-automatic, 9mm semi- & full-auto, shotgun, & pistol], Basic Pass in Broadsword by the SAFD, 2013
Dialects
American Stage Standard, Southern American, British RP, French, Italian, South African, others as needed.
Other
Competitive Gymnastics, Dance, Mezzo-Soprano, Beginning Equestrian, Software Developer, Comfortable with Technical Terminology (Computers, Engineering, Medicine), DC Driver’s license (manual/automatic)

With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it.
There has to be, otherwise it's just not acting.
It's lying.

Photography & Reels

One Last Chance

Student Film

MDRF

Margaret Douglas

Hamlet

Ophelia & Kieran

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Midsummer

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MDRF

Daphne Idleway

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Lavinia

Titus Andronicus

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Titus Andronicus

Bond VS Bourne

Workshop

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Jim Henson

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Roy Cox

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We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor
planet of a very average star. But we can understand
the Universe. That makes us something very special.
Stephen Hawking

About Jacqueline

The Latest

Now Playing:
A Comedy of Errors at The Maryland Renaissance Festival

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by John Sadowsky

It's a classic tale of mistaken identity and messages gone awry, taking place at that wild, zany land of Revel Grove - the Maryland Renaissance Festival!

Jacqueline will be playing Luciana in the Comedy, performing at 1:30PM on the Globe Stage. When she's not pining over - er - scolding - her sister's husband, she will be busy bickering with her own husband (the Earl of Surrey) and supporting her father (The Duke of Buckingham) on the streets as Lady Elizabeth Howard, Countess of Surrey. It's going to be fierce, y'all. Make plans and come on down!

Daily Schedule at the Fest is as follows:
10:00 | Royal Arrival at the Festival Gates
10:45 | The Royal Welcome at the Gatehouse Stage
   1:30 | A Comedy of Errors at the Globe Stage
   3:30 | The Royal Romance at the Gatehouse Stage
   5:00 | The Arrest of Buckingham at the Globe Stage

A Comedy of Errors, part of the 2014 Maryland Renaissance Festival. Fridays, Saturdays, and Labor Day Monday, August 23 - October 19, 2014 at 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. Directed by John Sadowsky. Starring Matthew Lewis, Arden Moscati, Julia Williams, Claire Coyle, Kelsey Meiklejohn, Jacqueline Chenault, Brian Reynolds, Ruta Douglas Smith, Emily Karol, Scott Turner, Eben Kuhns, Arielle Seidman, and Jay Tilley.
Tickets at rennfest.com

Next up:
A Midsummer Night's Dream & The Two Noble Kinsmen
in rep with Brave Spirits Theatre

Directors: Jessica Aimone (MSND) and Charlene V. Smith (TNK)

Jacqueline will be tackling the roles of Hippolyta and Titania this fall In Brave Sprits Theatre's fall repertory productions. The well-loved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the rarely produced The Two Noble Kinsmen interrogate what lengths we will go to for love, and what happens to those who get left behind. Both stories take place in the realm of Theseus, who has to decide how to manage young men rivaling for the attentions of a single woman.

Brave Spirits Theatre has a triangular focus on the text, the actor, and the audience. Our rehearsal process requires textual analysis such as scansion, paraphrasing, and rhetorical devices.

A Midsummer Night's Dream & The Two Noble Kinsmen in Rep at Brave Spirits Theatre. Plays November 14 - December 7, 2014 at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020. A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Jessica Aimone. Two Noble Kinsmen directed by Charlene V. Smith. Starring Jenna Berk (Jailer's Daughter/ensemble), Anderon Wells (Puck/Wooer), Carolyn Kashner (Emilia/ensemble), David Mavricos (Arcite/Demetrius), Ian Blackwell Rogers (Theseus/Oberon), Joshua Brown (Egeus/Quince/Jailer/Schoolmaster), Ben Lauer (Lysander/Ensemble), Renana Fox (Hermia/ensemble), Amber Gibson (Helena/Ensemble), Jacqueline Chenault (Hippolyta/Titania), Kelly Elliott (Bottom/Ensemble), Willem Krumich (Palamon/ensemble), Zach Roberts (Pirithous/ensemble). Tickets and more information at www.bravespiritstheatre.com


Biography

New York Born, Seattle Raised, Jacqueline has played roles from Shakespeare to today - and back again. She originated the role of "Destiny" in Medieval Story Land in both the original Capital Fringe production and the Fall Fringe remount.

She is a graduate of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in Washington, DC, and studies stage combat with Kasey Caleba and Tooth & Claw Combat Arts. Other training includes the British American Dramatic Academy and The George Washington University.

When she's not on stage, Jacqueline is a freelance software developer and graphic designer. For over 15 years, she was a competitive gymnast and she still practices - though admittedly with less of an eye to competition and more to doing cool tricks.

 

Recent Press & Reviews

'The Arabian Nights' at Silver Spring Stage

DC Metro Theatre Arts

It would be a great shame to not mention the primary narrator of the performance, Scheherezade (Jacqueline Chenault). Living the tale of the bride who tricked the prince into keeping her alive for just “one more night” so she could finish her tales, Chenault gives a stellar performance in this role. Collected and focused, her inner tranquility radiates into each tale that she tells, while still finding a way to make these stories vibrant and lively. When she speaks the lines of the stories’ characters, often done in tandem with the other actors playing these characters, she embodies the spirit of their voices, sounding as if they were her own to tell. A truly remarkable performance in such an important role, Chenault is well worth of 1,001 praises.

'The Arabian Nights' at Silver Spring Stage

MD Theatre Guide

Chenault gives a down-to-earth, clever portrayal of Scheherezade.

'Fallbeil' at Glass Mind Theatre

DC Metro Theatre Arts

Sophie (Rachael Lee Rash) and Else (Jacqueline Chenault) are the carrying conduits of this performance; their link— be it supernatural across the years, or just similarities in their struggles and existences— is a fortified one that makes this piece of theatre a truly compelling new work. Both performers are extremely intense in their portrayal of the strong female leads, both grounding themselves deeply in the emotional turmoil that their characters are experiencing. Chenault, as the woman living in the present and struggling to cope uses her facial expressions to say what her words often cannot. And when she does find words with which to express her character’s grief, they are that much more powerful. Her exasperation and strife in moments of trying in vain to save Sophie from her own past are gripping.

Glass Mind Theatre's Fallbeil is full of heart

Broadway World

Rachael Lee Rash's Sophie is so tender and lovable-at times bright eyed, headstrong and hopeful, sometimes wracked with pain and guilt over the careless mistake that ultimately led to her own and her brother's demise-that the audience is moved to tears along with her... Her relationship with Else, an equally strong, complex character effectively played by Jacqueline Chenault, is so interesting because of the women's need for each other and because of the world's changed perspective of war in the half-century-plus that separates their existence.

The production is mesmerizing: painful, poignant and full of heart. It reminds us, decades into a conflict that quietly rages on overseas, that "war always hurts," as Sophie says, and encourages us never to forget the value of those who have sacrificed their lives for the greater good.

Fringe Review: 'Violent Delights: A Shakespearean Brawl-esque Sideshow'

MD Theatre Guide

Passions abound throughout the entire cast, and the energy is amazing. There are a few standouts, however. Jacqueline Chenault as the mother is able to be a circus performer tumbling and dancing and then a second later deliver perfectly clear and wonderfully acted Shakespearean prose.

Heartless 'Titus Andronicus' driven by revenge

Baltimore Sun: Explore Howard County

"Consistently engaging are Titus Andronicus' tender conversations with his daughter Lavinia, because actor Jacqueline Chenault embodies this young woman's vulnerability."

The Quality of Mercy is not Strained by the Rude Mechanicals

Greenbelt News Review

"A delicious tweaking of the original has Jessica [Jacqueline Chenault] lolling about in her mere slip of a slip, puffing a cig and sipping wine with her amorous Lorenzo on the night they elope ... This “most beautiful pagan” can actually be seductive – who knew?"

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When she's not acting, Jacqueline is a software developer and her portfolio can be viewed at adigitalnative.com.