Portrait By Shawn Wade / @artistry_of_a_dreamer
Janelle Renee dunn
What is your hope for The Blueprint?
My hope for The Blueprint is that it becomes a space where BIPOC creatives can freely breathe and grow within their craft without the burden that a traditional PWI institution can put on BIPOC creatives.
Who do you do this for?
Honestly, I'm doing this to heal my inner child. I grew up in predominantly white spaces and was always questioning, "Where do I fit in?" "Where are others like me?" It traumatizes you after a while. In healing myself, I heal the generations to come after me, so being a part of this is my way of helping the BIPOC creatives that come after me to not have to question "Where do I fit in?"
What is one hope you have for
the future of our industry?
My hope for the future of our industry is that the old systems of how theatre is suppose to work/function crumble and new ones are established that are more inclusive of all people.
Who are 3 BIPOC artists that inspire you and your work?
Viola Davis, Nataki Garrett and Universes
What advice do you have for emerging BIPOC artists?
Never shrink yourself to fit into someone else's box. If they say you're too much, tell them "No, you're just not enough"
Janelle Renee Dunn (she/her/hers) Originally from Duncan, South Carolina, Janelle Renee received her MFA in Acting from the University of Louisville, and a BA in Theatre from Berea College.Balancing a life onstage and off, Janelle Renee spent the past three years at Actors Theatre of Louisville as the Learning and Creative Engagement Associate before being tapped as the Executive Administrator for the Greater Louisville Arts and Culture Alliance in January 2021. A dedicated Producer, Director, and Actor -- Janelle Renee has performed in numerous shows including the children’s touring show, Kylie for President (Drama by George), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Pandora Productions), Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill (Bunbury Theatre), Click Clack Moo (StageOne Children's Theatre). JR has produced productions including, King Hedley II (Smoked Apple Theatre), Oh Lord! Mama Done Burnt the Biscuits (Smoked Apple). Her work as a director includes, 9 to 5 (FaithWorks Studios), Kids Say the Dardnest Things (Actors Theatre), and Topdog/Underdog (Berea College). Janelle Renee is also
the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Ain't I a Woman
Playfest --a theatre festival that celebrates the work of Women
of color playwrights.