Jennie Reznek

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Jennie Reznek (1959-) Actress, dancer, choreographer, company director.

Biography

Jennie was born in 1959 and she is married to Mark Fleishman.


Training

Jennie Reznek (Director and Trustee) (BA Perf. Dip in Speech and Drama, UCT; Ecole Jaques Lecoq, Paris; ,UCT) is A graduate of University of Cape Town Drama school ((BA Perf. Dip in Speech and Drama, MA) and two years at the Ecole Jaques Lecoq, Paris(1984 -1986).

Career

As actress Reznek worked at The Space in the 1970s. On occasion she has lectured in movement at University of Cape Town.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

She is a founding member, with her husband Mark Fleishman, of the Magnet Theatre Company in 1987 and is responsible for most of the creative and teaching programs of the company. Besides performing in Magnet shows, she also acts as movement director and choreographer for the work.

Other performance work has included performing as an aerialist and clown in the circus and as a puppeteer with the Handspring Puppet Company.

As actress Reznek worked at The Space in the 1970s, acting in Candaules Commissioner and Dolls (directed by Richard Grant and Michael O’Brien). She has also appeared in Forbidden Fruits, Strider, Marat/Sade, On the Razzle, Thing?, 53 Degrees, Odds and Ends, Kashku Saves the Circus, Total Eclipse, Every Year, Every Day, I Am Walking, Up 'n Atom, Far Cry.

Choreographed movement and played "Puck" in Esther van Ryswyk and Fred Abrahamse's groundbreaking A Midsummer Night's Dream (1988) . Movement director Voices Made Night, Moby Dick, Choreography Aladdin.

Co-directed Medea, The Last Trek, The City of Paradise.

Over the years she has written and performed a number of one-woman shows, including: Cheap Flights (1987), The Show's Not Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings (1991-3) [1], I Turned Away and She Was Gone (2014)

Awards, etc

She was nominated in 1993 for a Vita Award (Cape region) The Show's Not Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings [2] (best script).

Sources

A Midsummer Night's Dream programme notes, 1988.

Medea programme notes, 1994

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