Jeanine Thompson

Jeanine Thompson

Jeanine Thompson


(614) 688-4653

1111 Drake Perf & Event Ctr
1849 Cannon Dr
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Creating Original Work
  • Acting
  • Movement


  • MFA, The Ohio State University
  • BFA, The Ohio State University

Director of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Research Institute (TRI), Professor and Movement Theatre Specialist Jeanine Thompson works professionally as a performer, choreographer, director and devisor in modern dance, theatre and mime. She specializes in the creation and performance of movement theatre work. Her artistic studies included the University of Utah’s Modern Dance and Theatre Departments, The Ohio State University’s Department of Dance, Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, and the French mime artist Marcel Marceau.

Jeanine has toured performances and conducted residencies including three in Concepcion, Chile. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival considered her solo show, “one of the best shows to see”, and Marcel Marceau said of her work, “Even her subtlest movements express the essence of thought and emotion.”

During 2013/2014, Jeanine led The Marcel Marceau Project: An Interdisciplinary multimedia collaboration research project with six faculty members and the MFA Actors. This was a partnership between the OSU Department of Theatre and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), resulting in a devised performance about the life and work of Marcel Marceau titled There Is No Silence, which includes live motion capture and 3-D animation; a Mime & Movement Theatre Symposium Making the Invisible Visible: The Contemporary Legacy of Mime; and The Marcel Marceau Exhibit of his artwork, touring and OSU residency materials. 

Other new works created include: Ordinal 5 (performed at Tate Modern Museum, London, England), Interior DayThe Camouflage Project and Uncommon Clay, and solo shows An Evening of Impressionistic Dance and Breaking the Current.

Directing credits include: Trojan Women 2.0, Big Love, O’ PioneersThe Mystery of Irma Vep and The Tibetan Book of The Dead (Edinburgh Fringe Festival Five Star review).

Jeanine teaches: Fundamentals of Movement for Actors, Laban for Actors, Viewpoints Training, Tadashi Suzuki’s Physical Acting Training, Mime, Composition and Devising.