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Jeanine Thompson

Jeanine Thompson

Jeanine Thompson

Professor Emeritus


Areas of Expertise

  • Creating Original Work
  • Acting
  • Movement


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

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.

Thompson 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, Thompson 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 department 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 Ohio State residency materials. 

Other new works created include: Ordinal 5 (performed at Tate Modern Museum, London, England), Interior Day, The Camouflage Project, and Uncommon Clay, and solo shows An Evening of Impressionistic Dance and Breaking the Current. Her directing credits include: Trojan Women 2.0, Big Love, O’ Pioneers, The Mystery of Irma Vep, and The Tibetan Book of The Dead (Edinburgh Fringe Festival Five Star review).