MEET JEANETTE BONNER.
Jeanette Bonner is an award-winning actor, producer, and creative entrepreneur in NYC.
Her self-produced solo show Love. Guts. High School. premiered at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (nominations for Best Actress and Best Solo Show), and later went on to the Chicago Fringe Festival (Time Out Chicago Critic’s Pick) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is the Creator and Executive Producer of web series Ghost Light (Official Selection Miami, UK, Austin Web Fests with nominations for Best Comedy, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Editing) and The Scoop, a hybrid talk show featuring conversations with culture makers over independent NYC ice cream, in addition to #single, a feminist podcast about navigating online dating. The Scoop was named Winner of RealPitch TV Format Competition and Final Selection for Bravo TV’s Pitch & Development Lab at ITVFest in Manchester, VT. It was named Official Selection of Vancouver Web Fest and nominated for Best Reality Show. Ghost Light is now partnered with digital platform Seed & Spark for streaming and distribution.
As a performer, Jeanette has acted professionally for over a decade. As an improviser she was a member of The National Comedy Theater and founding member of long-form improv comedy troupe American Standard. She is a teaching artist with Only Make Believe, a non-profit that brings interactive theater into local hospitals and schools for children with long term illnesses and disabilities, founded with the belief that theater heals, and an Artistic Associate of female-focused production company Clutch Productions. She received a BA in Theater and Dance from Trinity College, and is a member of both Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actors Guild.
Her production company Kelly's Pool Hall Productions was founded in 2007. In addition to her creative projects, she has continued her passion for helping other artists execute their vision as a Producer and Production Manager. Recent projects include In This Life, a short film about the five stages of grief told through dance, conveying the complexity of grief in the often wordless way it impacts all our lives. The film won Best Experimental Film at the Brooklyn Film Festival, Best Musical at the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival, and screened to a sold out audience at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre at the Dance on Camera Festival this summer, being named "one of the top 7 dance performances to catch" by The New York Times.
Being a part of the creative process is a core aspect of Jeanette's value system. Jeanette's voice comes from a strong desire to connect truthfully with others to unearth their passion as well as a love of making people smile. She is inspired by stories that are female-forward and is passionate about improving the female representation on set and on production teams in the entertainment industry.
She has been a licensed NYC tour guide for over ten years, is a self-professed New York history nerd, and adores showing people from all over the world her favorite city.