Jeanine Thompson

Associate Professor, Movement Theatre Specialist

Ohio State University

Department of Theatre Ohio State University 1089 Drake Center 1849 Cannon Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
(614) 292-8536
(614) 378-6244


Jeanine Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at The Ohio State University. Her areas of expertise are in physical theatre, modern dance, mime and acting. As an interdisciplinary artist, Jeanine focuses her work on performing, teaching, coaching, directing and creating new works.   Originally from Utah, her artistic studies began with the innovator of Children’s Creative Dance, Virginia Tanner. She then went on to the University of Utah’s Modern Dance and Theatre Departments, the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco and The Ohio State University’s (OSU) Department of Dance. The past two decades she has worked closely with director and creator Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, and with the great French mime artist Marcel Marceau.   A new work that Jeanine created premiered in April 2014, it was about the life and work of Marcel Marceau, titled There Is No Silence.  The work was created by graduate students and faculty from Theatre in collaboration with graduate students and faculty from the prestigious Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at OSU. The performance included richly integrated technology with live motion capture, projections of animation, and a stunning duet with Marcel Marceau’s motion capture data.   Materials researched and utilized in the process of creating this devised work included the Marcel Marceau’s archives held in the OSU Theatre Research Institute, the OSU ACCAD Motion Capture Archive and the Bertha Klausner Archive at University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center.   Other works Jeanine has created include Uncommon Clay, a sixteen-member ensemble work about the French sculptress Camille Claudel, and a solo work titled Breaking The Current: Ms. Toad’s Wild Ride Through the Twists & Turns of the Psychedelic Journey Called Life. Her directing credits include the collaborative creation of The Camouflage Project, a critically acclaimed work, based on the lives of England’s Special Operations Executives working in the French Underground during World War II; Charles Mee’s Big Love and Trojan Women 2.0 (Best Direction and Best Musical Awards), Charles Ludlam’s Irma Vep and Darrah Cloud’s O’ Pioneers!.   She has toured her solo and company performances nationally and internationally since 1980. On a tour to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland her solo show was considered “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.”   Jeanine’s performance credits include Marty in Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation and Charlene in Paula Vogel’s Hot ‘n Throbbing. She originated the roles of Bridget Sullivan in John Giffin’s Fall River Follies and Mrs. Soft in Chris Dickman’s A Set of Thoughtful Guidelines for Leading a Happy Life (Best Comic Performance Award).   As a Movement Specialist, Jeanine teaches many of the foundations of techniques and styles that she draws upon when performing and creating new work. Her courses include Fundamentals of Movement; Laban for Actors; Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints Training; Tadashi Suzuki’s Physical Acting Training; Mime: Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau techniques; and Composition: Creation of new works.   As an Associate Professor, Jeanine has been strongly involved in the governance, curricular and programmatic development of the OSU Department of Theatre. She has served as the Head of Acting & Directing, Chair of Promotion & Tenure, and Director of Graduate Studies. She was one of the principle architects of OSU’s MFA in Acting that focuses on Performer Generated Creation of New Works.      

Movement Specialties:

Anatomy/Injury Prevention





Devised Theatre


Movement for the Actor

Physical Theatre

Solo Performance



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