Jeanne is always there on the money, centered, clear and dependable. 3x Tony Nominated Director John Tillinger
The cast seems to be having a high old time. Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Standout moments are provided by Jeanne Lauren Smith. Michael Dale, Broadway World
Jeanne Lauren Smith’s Liz fully convinces us of the character’s fragility. Darryl Reilly, Theaterscene.net
Its committed cast...includes, most notably...Jeanne Lauren Smith as the tragic Ebea, Zabina’s fatefully loyal maid. Massimo Iacoboni, The Front Row Center
Jeanne Lauren Smith...dies a thousand deaths, and watching her die never gets tiring.
Virginia Jimenez, Times Square Chronicles
Excellent acting by the Scientist and his Assistant [Jeanne Lauren Smith]. Larry Litt, The New York Theatre Wire
Played with believable innocence by Jeanne Lauren Smith. Dana Lang, Off Off Online
Jeanne Lauren Smith is an enthusiastic New York actor. She recently received an Outstanding Featured Actress Nomination for her dual role as Decembria (an archetypal Lover) and Chrono-Agen-Tress (a pragmatic agent sent back in time) in the epic Sci-Fi production of D4rkly Your Retrorockets Fl4re, as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in NYC. In September Jeanne will appear in a new play In the Bleak Midwinter, written by and starring Dorothy Lyman.
After completing her degree in Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College, she has appeared in a number of original plays, US premieres of foreign plays, devised work and site specific performance art. The style of these projects has allowed her to draw on her extensive movement training and various approaches to character development. Often cast in roles with a quality of innocence, she has also enjoyed a range of characters, from a dominatrix to a science nerd; a scathing critic to an ethereal, omniscient, super-advanced extra-terrestrial.
In addition to her love for the abstract, she is also passionate about all forms of acting, and is thrilled to be incorporating more naturalistic productions into her career. Jeanne had the joy of playing the capricious Ani Glass in A Rage in Tenure, written & directed by Emmy Award Winner Dorothy Lyman, in the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Her portrayal was revered as "Scene stealing," and Ani was "Brought to life by the perfect casting of Jeanne Lauren Smith, as the smart, saucy journalist with a smile as big as China." She returned again to SMA to play Jeannie, a role written especially for her, in the World Premiere of Ms. Lyman's Soft Landing, and worked with Tony Nominated Director John Tillinger.
Her passion for plays in development has also led to the opportunity to be a regular reader at playwright Emma Goldman Sherman's weekly Write Now Workshops. Representative stage roles include Yelena in Uncle Vanya, Lil’ Bit in How I Learned to Drive and Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Film directors whose work she greatly admires are Wes Anderson, David Lynch and Sofia Coppola.
Originally from the Greater Seattle Area of the Pacific Northwest, she is a lover of all things au naturel and maintains a mostly organic, sustainable & whole foods diet. Jeanne practices meditation daily. Her passion for travel, movement and mindfulness inspired her to go to India to complete a 200 hour yoga teacher training course, in order to deepen her practice and have a transformative travel experience. She has had the opportunity to visit Ecuador, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Canada and Mexico as well, and traveling more extensively and to more places in and out of the US is definitely on her list.
Jeanne is additionally a resident actor with The New Stage Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Ildiko Nemeth, and had the good fortune of performing in their NYIT Award Winning production of Charles Mee's Night. Other artists she has an ongoing relationship with include Dara Malina, Nina Morrison, Loco7 Theatre Company and New York Theatre Workshop's Mondays @ 3 Reading Series.
Jeanne is excited for what the future holds, and looks forward to continuing to work on strong projects of various mediums with brilliant, creative artists!