Jacqueline

Chenault

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

Credits

Theatre | Selected Credits

[Gay] Cymbeline [Jan 2017] Pisanio Theatre Prometheus
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
Les Liaisons Dangerouses Cécile/Fight Captain Spotlighters Theatre
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
As You Like It Rosalind Maryland Renaissance Festival
Hamlet Ophelia Maryland Renaissance Festival
Much Ado About Nothing Hero Maryland Renaissance Festival
A Comedy of Errors Luciana 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 & II, Greek Tragedy, Comedy, Shaw/Ibsen/Chekhov, Voice I, Movement, Classical Voice & Movement, Musical Theatre, Directing
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

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Roy Cox

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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

So, are you intrigued yet?

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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

 

Currently on Tap:
As You Like It at The Maryland Renaissance Festival

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Randy Dalmas

It's a classic tale. Boy meets girl. Girl falls for boy. Girl's uncle banishes her (and by extension, her best friend who happens to be his daughter. Also his clown). Girl dresses as a boy (because after all, it's not safe for a pair of girls to wander around by themselves in the woods). Foolishness can happen in the woods...of Arden!

Jacqueline will tackle one of Shakespeare's best-loved and well known heroines, the energetic, unstoppable force that is Rosalind. Love is merely a madness...

As You Like It by the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Saturdays and Sundays at 12PM on the Globe Stage at MDRF. Directed by Randy Dalmas. Starring Jacqueline Chenault, Yoni Gray, Taylor Payne, Fred Nelson, Steven Kirkpatrick, Eli Pendry, Courtney Feiman, Keegan Cassady, Emily Karol, Cory Jones, Mark Korol-Evans, Gene Valendo, Shaina Higgins, Eric Poch, and Michael Burgtorf.
Tickets at rennfest.com

If you come to the Festival:

Jacqueline's Daily Schedule
10AM Opening Gate at the front gate
10:10AM Morning Dance at the Maypole
10:30AM Royal Welcome at the Gatehouse Stage
11:30AM STREETSpeare: The Roman Plays at Reveler's Bower
12:30PM As You Like It at the Globe Stage
2:15PM Feasting with the Fermors at Reveler's Bower
3:00PM Announcing the Joust at the Joust Field
4:10PM STREETSpeare: Richard II at the Kissing Bridge
4:30PM Till That We Meet Again at the Globe Stage
5:30PM Village Pub Sing Along at the White Hart Tavern
6:50PM Closing Gate Ceremony at the Gatehouse Stage

Next Up:
[Gay] Cymbeline with Theatre Prometheus

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tracey Erbacher

Challenging sexuality and gender norms in a re-imagined version of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.


Biography

New York Born, Seattle Raised, Jacqueline has played roles from Shakespeare to today - and back again.

She is a graduate of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in Washington, DC and currently is an Associate Teacher for the Conservatory's Young Actors Ensemble. Other training includes the British American Dramatic Academy, Tooth and Claw Combat Arts, 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 focus on skills she might use on stage.

 

Recent Press & Reviews

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES – HEART FRENCHING

The Bad Oracle

Jacqueline Chenault is heartbreaking as Cecile, a woman who has been thrown away. Much thought went into this performance, it’s extremely layered, showing an impressive range of reaction to sexual assault.

'Les Liaisons Dangerouses' at Spotlighters Theatre

TheatreBloom

A period melodrama is nothing without its ingénues, and while dainty Cecile (Jacqueline Chenault) and Danceny (Jeffrey L. Springtree Gangwisch) have their idyllic entanglement— witnessed only ever in the inter-scenic dance they share— it is their relationship with others in the production that define their performances... Chenault is a vibrant mover, as displayed numerous times in the inter-scenic dance routines as well as during a particular encounter with Valmont. Keeping her emotional delivery heightened, Chenault traverses a great deal of varying pathos throughout the performance, which entices the audience to commiserate in her various plights.

'Les Liaisons Dangerouses' at Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre

DC Metro Theatre Arts

Jacqueline Chenault is touching in her portrayal of Cecile de Volanges, with a charming naivety.

It's a Circus Out There at Capital Fringe

DC Theatre Scene

The most compelling performances are given when the play steps back from the fun of the big top and into the cold corporate world. Jacqueline Chenault as Sally Jericho, the shy elephant trainer who will do anything, even yell at the new CEO to take care of her “babies,” is the heartfelt center of the play. When Jericho makes a grand sacrifice to save the circus she loves, you see that it is only the strength and devotion of the circus performers that will allow Bringling Bros. to thrive.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' presented by Brave Spirits at Anacostia Arts Center

MD Theatre Guide

Once costumed as the Fairy Queen Titania, Chenault rules the stage.

'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.

'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.

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