Excellent acting by the Scientist and his Assistant [Jeanne Lauren Smith]. Larry Litt, The New York Theatre Wire
I sensed a subtext of a bizarro-world Alice-in-Wonderland with the baroness’ corruptible daughter, played with believable innocence by Jeanne Lauren Smith, as the virginal “Alice.” Dana Lang, Off Off Online
The cast are uniformly good, using both subtle and over-the-top physical movements to embody the many characters they play. Josephine Cashman, NYTheater Now
Jeanne Lauren Smith is an enthusiastic actor with a leaning towards experimental theatre. After completing her degree in Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College, she has had the opportunity to appear in a number of original plays, US premieres of foreign plays, devised work and site specific performance art. The physical, striking and non-linear storytelling style of these productions has allowed her to draw on her extensive movement training and approach to character development. Often cast as an innocent, she has also enjoyed a range of characters, from a dominatrix to a science nerd, from 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 would love to incorporate more traditional theatre and innovative filmmaking into her career. Representative stage roles include Sonia 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 include 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 and is intrigued by every form of movement she has come across, including yoga. Her passion for travel and yoga 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.
Recently Jeanne has had the thrill of playing the role of 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 of Ani was revered as "Scene stealing," and "Brought to life by the perfect casting of Jeanne Lauren Smith, as the smart, saucy journalist with a smile as big as China."
She 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. She has also ignited her passion for plays in development, and has had the opportunity to be a regular actor at playwright Emma Goldman Sherman's weekly Write Now Workshops. 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!