Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Spotlight On...Jenny Strassburg

Name: Jenny Strassburg

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Education: Marymount Manhattan College, BFA in Acting

Select Credits: Venus in Fur (The Rep), Echoes of the War (The Mint Theatre), The Great Gatsby (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), The Importance of Being Earnest (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Pride and Prejudice (Pioneer Theatre Co)

Why theater?: Theatre has always been a part of my life--one of my first memories is of playing Roo in my elementary school's production of "Winnie the Pooh". When it came time to decide about college, it was the only thing I could picture doing.

What is it like being a part of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?: Such a great cast full of very funny and lovely people. I look forward to seeing them and playing every day.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I can usually find something that resonates with me in most of what I see but I'm a sucker for a period piece or classical theatre--and a good farce.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Brooke in Noises Off, Meg in Crimes of the Heart, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Imogene in Cymbelline.

What’s your favorite showtune?: “Pinball Wizard”

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: I'd love to work with the great female comedians we have rocking the world right now--Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wig, Amy Schumer

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: "Making It Up As I Go Along"--and myself, of course :)

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center

What show have you recommended to your friends?: A Midsummer Night's Dream :)

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: If I had to chose one...Chimay.

What’s up next?: Summertime! And whatever the universe wants to throw my way!