Thespian – originates from the word Thespis, a 6th century BC poet who reputedly originated Greek tragedy.
I am a modern day thespian with an unashamed passion for anything, everything and anyone artistic. Originally following my first love (the piano) I ended up training in musical theatre at drama school (aka boot camp) and after exploring different performing avenues, somehow found myself working in Risk Management (yes, a random detour indeed!) whilst pursuing theatre criticism and having a book published. From touring nationwide in a play with soap stars to singing with Roger Moore, Josh Groban and Vanessa Redgrave at the Royal Albert Hall, I was one of the last to perform a cabaret at (the fondly missed) Pizza on the Park and also made a (very) brief appearance in comedy motion picture Run for your wife starring Denise van Outen and Danny Dyer. Following on from launching unique video audition website The Stage Castings, my working home is now the St. James Theatre, where I am surrounded by a whole host of inspiring creatives.
But this blog is actually not about me. Through my journey in the business of thesp, I merely happen to have the pleasure and good fortune to come in contact with a whole host of inspirational women in the arts and cultural scene, whom I would like to introduce you to. From casting directors to performers, agents, award-winning authors to stage/set designers, press agents and producers and many more, these women are not only stand outs due to their career accomplishments. They also provide guidance and motivation by wheedling their way through life’s daily complexities. For instance: How do you breast feed your new born in a dressing room whilst gracing the West End stage? And how do you hold casting sessions at your home office to find the new face of Coca Cola whilst builders are drilling all around you?
I shall be interviewing as across the board as possible and will announce blogs on my Twitter (@jenreischel) before the interview takes place so that you can reply with suggestions of any questions you might like me to cover. I will then select a reader question as part of each interview process – and publish the answer as part of the blog.
From time to time I shall also post special offers and competitions courtesy of productions at the St. James Theatre – so do keep an eye out for anything that might take your fancy.