Spotlight On… Jen Jaynes, MacGuffin Director and Instructor

jenjaynes-headshot-260Jen Jaynes has been a director and instructor at MacGuffin Theatre & Film Company since 2011.  She has directed Legally Blonde, Thirteen and Wicked. This summer she will direct our middlers musical theatre camp production of Annie. She is also the director of This Side Up Comedy Improv Troupe. Outside MacGuffin she is a working actress and director. Most recently she has appeared as Banquo in MacBeth at Shoebox Theatre and Agent Thomas in The X-pired Files at Peddlers Village. She will be appearing in June with High Dramma Comedy Improv Troupe in New York City. She also directed The Lion King at Sandy Run Middle School.

MacGuffin Questionnaire for Jen Jaynes

1.What is your favorite word? Gepfiffen (German for “whistled).
2. What is your least favorite word? Disappointed.
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? MUSIC!!!!
4. What turns you off? If I’m turned off, I’m responding, so the same answer as the above 😉
5. What sound or noise do you love? Crickets on a summer night.
6. What sound or noise do you hate? Something clanking around loose in a car!
7. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Ambassador to another country.
8. What profession would you not like to do? Any job for which I can easily be replaced.
9. Who are your personal heroes? My Mom, Sophia 🙂
10. What is your favorite food and drink? Chips and salsa; Starbucks iced coffee with vanilla syrup and soy milk!
11. What is your favorite color and flower? Green, daisy.
12. What are your favorite names? Daphne, Dustin.
13. What is your idea of happiness? Spending time with family and friends, preferably in a field with a soft breeze blowing, approximately 75 degrees and sunny.
14. What famous quote resonates with you? “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
15. If you could come back as any person in history, who would you be? Marie Antoinette.
16. Name a recent theater piece or film that moved you. A devised piece at University of the Arts, called “Beautiful Stupidity” by the Brind School of Theatre – they played with shadows, had love scenes with chairs, and brought to life a crazy amount of inanimate objects .. including a trash can that just wanted to be a guy’s best friend.