Jacqueline

Chenault

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

Credits

Theatre | Selected Credits

As You Like It [August-October 2016] Rosalind Maryland Renaissance Festival
Les Liasons Dangerouses [May/June 2016] Cécile/Fight Captain Spotlighters Theatre
A Midsummer Night's Dream U/S Snug/Starveling Folger Theatre
Pericles U/S Lady/Lychorida/Diana/Ensemble Folger Theatre / Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead U/S Ophelia/Tragedian Folger Theatre
Astro Boy and the God of Comics Astro Boy (U/S) Studio Theatre 2nd Stage
The Merchant of Venice
in Original Pronunciation
Salarino Baltimore Shakespeare Factory
Romeo and Juliet Capulet Wife Baltimore Shakespeare Factory
Fallbeil Else Glass Mind Theatre Company
It's a Circus Out There Sally Jericho Capital Fringe Festival / Federal Theatre Project
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 / Red Knight Productions
Hamlet Ophelia Maryland Renaissance Festival
Much Ado About Nothing Hero Maryland Renaissance Festival
A Comedy of Errors Luciana Maryland Renaissance Festival
A Midsummer Night's Dream Cobweb Maryland Renaissance Festival

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, Shakespeare II, 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

Dialects
Original Shakespearean Pronuncation, American Stage Standard, British RP, Cockney, French, Italian, South African, others as Needed.
Languages
English, Basic Spanish
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
Other
Competitive Gymnastics, Dance, Singer [Soprano w/ Belt, Range: G3 - C#6], Improv, 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

Hamlet

Ophelia

Hamlet

Ophelia

Hamlet

Ophelia

Hamlet

Ophelia

Hamlet

Ophelia

Midsummer

Cobweb

Midsummer

Cobweb

Midsummer

Cobweb

Midsummer

Cobweb

Midsummer

Cobweb

Midsummer

Cobweb

Midsummer

Cobweb

MDRF

Daphne Idleway

MDRF

Daphne Idleway

MDRF

Daphne Idleway

Lavinia

Titus Andronicus

Lavinia

Titus Andronicus

Lavinia

Titus Andronicus

Lavinia

Titus Andronicus

Bond VS Bourne

Workshop

Bond VS Bourne

Workshop

Bond VS Bourne

Workshop

Bond VS Bourne

Workshop

Bond VS Bourne

Workshop

Bond VS Bourne

Workshop

Bond VS Bourne

Workshop

Bond VS Bourne

Workshop

Headshot

Jim Henson

Headshot

Jim Henson

Headshot

Jim Henson

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

Headshot

Roy Cox

MDRF

Isabella d'Este

MDRF

Isabella d'Este

MDRF

Isabella d'Este

MDRF

Isabella d'Este

MDRF

Isabella d'Este

MDRF

Isabella d'Este

Hippolyta

Two Noble Kinsmen

Titania

BST Midsummer

Hippolyta

Two Noble Kinsmen

Titania

BST Midsummer

Titania

BST Midsummer

Titania

BST Midsummer

Luciana

Comedy of Errors

Luciana

Comedy of Errors

Luciana

Comedy of Errors

Luciana

Comedy of Errors

Luciana

Comedy of Errors

Luciana

Comedy of Errors

MDRF

Elizabeth Howard

MDRF

Elizabeth Howard

MDRF

Elizabeth Howard

MDRF

Elizabeth Howard

Scherezade

The Arabian Nights

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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

Coming Soon:
Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Spotlighters Theatre

Written by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Erin Riley

Seduction. Power. Consent. Control. Hozier. Based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, this challenging classic gets a new perspective with an intimate staging, dance, and some very contemporary musical elements.

Les Liaisons Dangerouses by the Spotlighters Theater. Fridays, Saturdays, and one Thursday at 8PM and Sundays at 2PM. Directed by Erin Riley. Starring Nathan Parry, Kathy Vary, Melissa McGinley, Jacqueline Chenault, Kay-Megan Washington, Jeffrey Gangwisch, Ruta Douglas Smith, Brian Douglas, Kerry Brady, Bambi Galore, J Purnell Hargrove, and Jenny Hasselbusch, with choreography by Melissa McGinley and fight choreography by Mike Martin.
Tickets at spotlighters.org


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.