Jennifer Finlayson: Theatre Teacher – Theatre People
By Mitch Stark
Hello, theatre people! This week, I’d love to introduce you to theatre teacher Jennifer Finlayson.
Jennifer bubbles over with enthusiasm for theatre and what storytelling on stage can do to bring her students together as a family. She teaches at Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia and is a proud member of the Georgia State Thespian Board. Enjoy Jennifer’s theatrical musings!
Jennifer Finlayson, theatre teacher and director in Atlanta, Georgia
What’s a show that inspires you? (explain away!)
Come From Away is simply the most beautifully inspiring story I have gotten to watch on the stage. It’s a story of trials, tribulation, and the beauty of humanity.
What’s one of your happiest moments in theatre?
One of my happiest moments in theatre would have to be having one of my former students move on into theatre education. Danysha Ligon will always hold a special place in my heart as an amazing theatre student, STO, and now teacher. I am so proud of her and the artist she has become.
What’s the biggest ‘fail’ or goof you’ve seen on stage? (do tell the story)
When I was cast as Ariel in The Tempest, I “flew” off stage nightly on a zip line. On opening night, for the first time ever, the zipline GOT STUCK! I was swinging mid-air in front of a huge audience and a mortified tech director. I was able to swing myself back on to the platform behind me and “hide” behind a “tree” until the next black out.
Why do you love theatre?
I love theatre because it represents a home for so many as well as a bond beyond what you experience in a regular day-to-day life.
Theatre is for…
Everyone, no matter race, gender, or religion, can get something from the arts. It shows us how to be real, caring, challenging, and inclusive. Stories of theatre teach so much.
You can see our full video theatre interview with Jennifer on YouTube HERE!
More about Jennifer
Jennifer is a proud member of the GA State Thespian Board working with Guest Artists and Hospitality. She teaches and directs at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA. When she’s not teaching, directing, or scheduling workshops, Jennifer enjoys being outside exploring with her husband and two pups.
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