Experimental Theatre Performer and Director
in Baton Rouge
Based in Brooklyn prior to Baton Rouge, Jeanette Plourde creates physically-driven theatre andexperimental performance as a director, performer, and devisor. She is particularly interested in the intersection of theatre, language, movement, and performed events, and her work often challenges rigid distinctions between them. Jeanette has studied at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, has trained intensively with SITI Company in New York, and was recently a participant in the La MaMa International Symposium for Directors in Umbria, Italy. She received her BA from Yale, and her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Jeanette recently created and directed two site-responsive pieces, YOU’RE LOOKING GOOD (CABIN PRESSURE)! (2012), and WE’RE ALMOST HERE: HIGH VISCOCITY (2014), both commissioned by the Great Plains Theatre PlayFest in Omaha, Nebraska. Recent devised performance in Baton Rouge includes pieces for Ten Tiny Dances (2015) and the BR Blender (2015), both produced by Mina Estrada and Coco Loupe at the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre, as well as a solo piece, 3 ROOMS (2015), at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Recent performance in New York City includes the premiere of Erik Ehn's play-with- puppets THE ARCHITECTURE OF GREAT CATHEDRALS, 3 ROOMS, and a devised new piece, VOYAGE (UN)TAKEN, created in collaboration with Ann Marie Costa, a Davidson College Boswell Grant recipient, and inspired by a short story by Virginia Woolf. As a director and devisor, Jeanette has staged physically-driven versions of Brecht’s ST JOAN OF THE STOCKYARDS, Ibsen’s PEER GYNT, and Shakespeare’s MACBETH (performed by an all-female ensemble). As a puppetry director and creator, Jeanette has created Bunraku-style puppetry pieces including LA CIENEGA and BOTTOM OF THE MOUFFE’. Earlier in hercareer, Jeanette was a reader for the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays, as well as for the Arnold Weissburger Playwriting Award. She was also a member of the artistic staff of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, for three seasons, where she was the literary associate, assistant director, and dramaturg to Doug Hughes. While living in New Haven, Jeanette taught theatre in the public school system, as well as within private conservatories for underserved youth of the city. A current Manship Theatre Teaching Artist, Jeanette has taught theatre and dance arts residencies in elementary, middle, and high schools in the East Baton Rouge school system. She developed and is currently leading the Shakespeare Project, a series of intensive Shakespeare performance workshops within the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center.
Final Boarding Call
BY JEANETTE PLOURDE
@ VOL 1
ON MAY 27, 2016
"In the in-between land of the airport, what spaces of possibility, defeat, and mystery do we cross as we try to reach our final destination?"
Brooklyn transplant, Jeanette Plourde, creates physically-driven, experimental theatre pieces that explore the places where one art form intersects with another. Part dramatist, and part dancer, Plourde challenges the distinctions between language, movement, and theatre.
Jeanette presented her 400 seconds entitled "Final Boarding Call" at PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. I
Free Fall (don’t mind the gravity): Creating Devised Performance
BY JEANETTE PLOURDE
@ VOL 3
ON FEB 03, 2017
"Devising performance or creating new work...gives movement, object, light, sound, space, text..."
In Free Fall (don’t mind the gravity): Creating Devised Performance at PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. 3, Jeanette Plourde asks: what’s possible when we look beyond distinctions between theatre, movement, dance, and the docking of a Riverboat? Watch this presentation to find out!