Jeanette’s performing career started the way most young girls who crave the limelight do, dancing in recitals in horrifyingly neon spandex, singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” in the school choir’s Holiday Show, and even performing for no one in particular (save the living room couches) with her brother acting as MC. In high school she continued to perform with local theaters and compete with an award-winning Show Choir, ultimately choreographing these shows as well as the annual high school musicals her Junior and Senior years.
Finding a tribe.
She attended liberal arts school Trinity College in Hartford, CT, to pursue a career in theater. Trinity produced one theater production, an annual dance concert, and three musicals a year and also offered an immersion semester in NYC under the tutelage of downtown theater La MaMa. While at La Mama, she studied with greats Ellen Stewart, George Sanchez, and renowned international Butoh artist Maureen Fleming. Additionally she interned at Jose Limon Dance Foundation, and saw 45 shows, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to The Kitchen to BAM, in 10 weeks. Best of all, she became smitten with New York City.
The future is bright.
Life after graduation led to tours with educational theater company Shoestring Players and Sesame Street Live's "1,2,3 Imagine!" Eastern Seaboard Tour. After returning home, she officially made the move to New York City. Jeanette’s time in New York has brought her many gifts and unique opportunities. In 2007 she established her production company, Kelly’s Pool Hall Productions, in order to create her own original content while collaborating with her fellow artists and community. She still thinks NYC is the coolest and can be found leading tours of NY in her "downtime."