Actor, Software Developer, All-Around Awesome.
AKA A Digital Native.
|Astro Boy and the God of Comics||Astro Boy (U/S)||Studio Theatre 2nd Stage|
|Fallbeil||Else||Glass Mind Theatre Company|
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|
|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|
With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it.
There has to be, otherwise it's just not acting.
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.
May 16, 2014 - June 07, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm: May 25 and June 01
Exciting and breathtaking new take on the magical experience in which Scheherazade’s stories, told to save her life, weave an enchanted carpet ride that will both delight the senses and provoke the mind.
The reviews are in - and they are rave!
"From the vibrant atmosphere that wafts in like the sands blown across the dunes in a desert breeze, to the incredibly captivating voices of the story tellers; the production is practically perfect in every way; a vision of excellence in one of the oldest retellings of folklore from the Middle East. The Arabian Nights is a perfect evening spent at the theatre – engaging, captivating, enchanting, and all-around phenomenal experience."
DC Metro Theatre Arts, May 19, 2014
Written by Miriam Gonzales
Directed by Kate Debelack
Best for children ages 2-5
Sunny, the zoo’s sole orangutan, is delighted to get a new roommate, but things don’t go smoothly when Licorice first arrives. Sunny likes to be loud, but Licorice prefers to read the newspaper. And Licorice likes to keep things tidy, but Sunny keeps making a mess! When the zookeeper leaves behind a radio with their lunch, a curious thing happens -- toes start tapping and arms start swinging. Could music bring this “odd couple” together?
Sunny and Licorice by Arts on the Horizon. Plays May 30 - June 14, 2014 at The Lab at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302. Directed by Kate Debelack. Starring Maggie Erwin (Sunny), Ryan Sellers (Licorice), and Jacqueline Chenault (Child/Zookeeper).
And coming this Fall:
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, performance times TBA. When she's not pining over - er - scolding - her sister's husband, she will be busy bickering with her 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!
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
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.
'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
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?"
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
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When she's not acting, Jacqueline is a software developer and her portfolio can be viewed at adigitalnative.com.
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