WOMEN IN HISTORY - ACTRESS PROFILE - JEANNINE GASKIN
Jeannine Gaskin joined Women In History at the beginning of 2022. Jeannine feels strongly that black women's stories need to be shared with as many people that will listen. She believes that the only way we can make a change in society is if people know who they are and where they come from. WIH has provided Jeannine the perfect opportunity to tell the stories of black women who are not well known. While Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth have exceptional stories, they tend to be the only stories that get told. But there are also women like Mary McLeod Bethune and Jane Edna Hunter who were phenomenal as well and they deserve to have their stories told.
Jeannine is a Lead Analyst at Progressive Insurance by day and an actress by night.
She was last seen on stage at the Belkin Black Box Theater in Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf”. She also performed at Cleveland Public Theatre in the world premiere of Lisa Langford's "Rastus and Hattie" as well as the world premiere of Central Concern written by Pandora Robertson. Previous Karamu performances include “Day of Absence” by Douglas Turner Ward and "You Can't Take It With You" by George Kaufman. She was seen at Convergence Continuum as Hester La Negrita in “In the Blood” by Suzan-Lori Parks. Other plays include the unconventional comedy “Neighbors” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Margaret Alexander in “The Amen Corner” by James Baldwin.
My favorite memory right now is the number of relationships you develop even in a short period of time. I have exchanged phone numbers and conversed with multiple people. So many of their life stories need to be documented and performed. There are some amazing people that live among us. If we would just take the time to get to know our neighbors, I'm sure each of us would learn something new every day.
Figures Portrayed By Jeannine Gaskin