Meet the Cast of ‘Death By Design’ at Greenbelt Arts Center: Part 7: Meet Jenn Robinson

In Part 7 in a series of interviews with the cast of Death By Design at Greenbelt Arts Center, meet Jenn Robinson.

Jenn Robinson.
Jenn Robinson.

Joel: Introduce yourself to our readers and tell them what other shows you have appeared in and some of the roles you have played?

My name is Jenn, and I am relatively new to the DC theater scene. I performed in the Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival over the summer playing Julie in Why Do We Fall? and Beatrix Potter in Beatrix Potter Must Die! Before that, I played Connie in Habeas Corpus at Greenbelt Arts Center. I also acted in college before that, in Ithaca, NY.

Why did you want to be in Death By Design at Greenbelt Arts Center?

As soon as I saw the character breakdown for Death by Design, I knew I wanted to play the role of Victoria. I also knew I enjoyed working at GAC. I had so much fun in Habeas Corpus, and I love the sense of community in Greenbelt as a whole, so it was kind of a no-brainer to audition.

Who do you play in Death By Design and how do you relate to her?

I play Victoria Van Roth, a bohemian modern dancer and artist. I definitely relate to her need to express herself artistically. I practice dance in my spare time, and even share her affinity for flamboyant scarves. The scarf I wear in the show is one of my own!

What do you admire about your character and what do you not admire?

I admire how Victoria knows what she wants and does not allow obstacles. I do not admire how she tends to disregard the feelings of others when she does, well, anything.

What have been the challenges you have encountered while preparing for your role and how have you overcome these challenges? How did your director help you?

This role required a lot of physicality and I worked with dance and fight choreographers to prepare. Ann, our director, was really great about bringing in some fantastic people to help with that aspect.

What is your big highlight in the show and what do we learn about your character when you perform it?

Near the end of the first act, Victoria seizes a chance to demonstrate her dancing. The audience gets to see her idea of art first-hand, as well as getting a better look at how she really feels towards one character in particular.

What have you learned about yourself during this whole process?

I had to learn how to provide depth to a character who is a bit of a caricature.

What do you want audiences to take with them after watching you perform in Death By Design?

That even the silly ones can be dangerous!

Death by Design plays from November 7-23, 2014 at Greenbelt Arts Center – 123 Centerway, in Greenbelt, MD. For tickets, call the box office at (301) 441-8770, or purchase them online.

LINKS

Meet the Cast of ‘Death By Design’ at Greenbelt Arts Center: Part 1: Meet Jill Vanderweit.

Meet the Cast of ‘Death By Design’ at Greenbelt Arts Center:Part 2: Meet Sarah K. Scott.

Meet the Cast of ‘Death By Design’ at Greenbelt Arts Center:Part 3: Meet Shelley Rochester.

Meet the Cast of ‘Death By Design’ at Greenbelt Arts Center:Part 4: Meet Colin Davies.

Meet the Cast of ‘Death By Design’ at Greenbelt Arts Center:Part 5: Meet James McDaniel.

Meet the Cast of ‘Death By Design’ at Greenbelt Arts Center: Part 6: Meet Alie Kamara.

Meet the Cast of ‘Death By Design’ at Greenbelt Arts Center: Part 7: Meet Jenn Robinson.

Meet the Cast of ‘Death By Design’ at Greenbelt Arts Center: Part 8: Meet Winard Britt.

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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.