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Jeanette Knight

Award-winning actor, director, and choreographer

As a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity Association, she has played over twenty roles, ranging from Rose in The Woolgatherer at the Tony award winning Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, to Shen Te/Shui Ta in Brecht’s Good Person of Szechuan to Roberta in Going to a Place Where You Already Are.

But her most demanding role was Louise in Always, Patsy Cline, which played to sold out audiences in 2011 and 2013. From 1997-2006, she worked full time as the Education Program Director for the McCallum Theatre, supervising a faculty of fourteen teaching artists and working as a master teaching artist in Aesthetic Education, an inquiry-based student centered methodology pioneered by the Lincoln Center Institute.  During this time, she also helped coordinate and judge the English Speaking Union’s Shakespeare Competition.  During that same period, she found time to act as the Executive Director for the cutting-edge Beaumont Actors Studio. She has been teaching acting, directing and improvisation at the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy since 2006, where she has also directed several highly-lauded productions, including “Stepping Out”  and “A Chorus Line.” 


Other theaters/venues she has directed for,  include the Indian Wells Theatre, Arthur Newman Theatre, Palm Canyon Theatre, Truckee Meadows Community College, Brewery Arts Center, Coachella Valley Repertory and the Green Room Theatre, where she directed Hamlet. In 2014, as Artistic Director for the Indio Performing Arts Center, she conceived of and carried out the first ever Coachella Valley Improv Festival, which has moved to Coachella Valley Repertory and is now approaching its 5th year. In 2017, she received the Michael Grossman Most Inspirational Award from the Desert Theatre League.


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