Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen

Theatre Director

“I want to burn with the spirit of the times. Yes, the theatre can play an enormous part in the transformation of the whole of existence.” ― Vsevolod Meyerhold

About

I’m a 35-year-old professional theatre director from Kansas City, Missouri, who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. I have a Bachelor of Arts in directing and producing from Avila University (2000-2004) and a Master of Fine Arts in directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008-2011), where I was trained as a collaborative leader with a strong sense for language and a passion for experimentation and new play development. My work focuses on two areas of specialisation: re-imagining text-based theatre through experimentation with theatrical styles and developing new musical theatre productions in the genre of Spoken Word, done in collaboration with performance poets, musicians, and dancers. I am the founder and Artistic Director of Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre, and thereby the Local Artistic Director of the House of International Theatre; and I am the founder and Co-Artistic Director of Teater Ord/Blindt.

My philosophy
Theatre is passion, tension, a deeply felt emotional connection that weaves itself in and out of our collective consciousness, it is poetry. The basis of every story can and should be found already embroidered in the inner lining of our hearts, and the connective tissue that links our hearts to the primal portions of our brains. Theatre is a dance between words, ideas, expressions and the inner workings of the mind. It evokes, plays on the senses, in order to enrich, enlighten, and give release. It is the dance, which is personal, intimate, passionate that is expressed through the poetry of visual images, language, and music working together to enchant the mind and open doorways, lighting the corridors of eternal darkness. In order to express this poetry, theatre has to be multi-dimensional, crossing genres, textures, mixing visual and auditory imagery, to create the spark that is imagination.

My work focuses on creating multi-textural environments as the basis for storytelling and blending styles and genres, in order to spark new theatrical forms. In creating these environments, I always start with the text and work outwards. Nothing is arbitrary. I start by looking deep within the text for a seed of inspiration, and then I express this idea in as many different ways needed to both emotionally and intellectually experience the plays core themes. In this way, I consider myself a minimalist, where I use only the forms of expression necessary to spark the audiences imagination, as the imagination can create far more and stronger images than can ever be created on stage in any given evening.

I am always looking for new projects and new ways to tell stories. If you are interested in working together please feel free to contact me through the contact page at the bottom of this website.

Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre (DRHT)
DRHT is Copenhagen’s newest English-speaking theatre company. We aim to produce professional theatre of the highest quality, that is multi-disciplined and multi-textural with a high level of artistic ambition. We believe there is room in Copenhagen for an English-speaking theatre that dares to challenge the audience with something new and innovative; which dares to experiment beyond the traditional framework, and which dares to speak directly to the audience on their terms. We consider ourselves an English+ theatre, where we are open to the use of all languages in our productions along side English. We aim to strengthen the Danish theatre scene, by being both an international player in the world market as well as develop a more diverse theatre community here at home and help to bring more cultural activities to all citizens. Our first production was Elsie and Norm’s ‘Macbeth’ (Touch of Vintage, May 4-27; Jersey, UK, Sept. 16-17, 2016; Roskilde Libraries, Nov. 11, 2016). We have also collaborated with Manusarts on Sex and Betrayal (Husets-KBH, Oct. 9-10; MAF, Malmø, SE, Oct. 11; Monsun Theatre, Hamburg, DE Oct. 12-13, 2016)

House of International Theatre (HIT)
HIT is a new platform for International English-speaking theatre in Copenhagen. DRHT has joined together with the Hamburg-based theatre company Manusarts, to bring the city of Copenhagen this unique platform, which will be located in Huset-KBH’s 4th floor venue LOFT. The platform will premiere in February 2017.

Teater Ord/Blindt (Word/Blind)
I am founder and co-artistic director, along with spoken word artist Rasmus Rhode. Teater Ord/Blindt was originally conceived as the Spoken Word Project, developed under the auspices of theatre company MedVenligHilsen. The project started as a workshop titled WORD (Republique, July, 2013), which then led to the productions Jeg Ville Sgu Gerne Ha’ Lyttet Lidt (Copenhagen’s Music Theatre, Dec. 7-9, 2013) and OrdBlindt (HautScene, Feb. 12-15, 2015). Spoken Word Project also developed Pop, in collaboration with Blackbox Pangea (Teaterøen, June 11-13, 2014 and AACT Festival, USA, June 19, 2014), which was awarded Best Performance Art, Best Innovation in Design and Best Vocal Performances; Journeys, in collaboration with Copenhagen Theatre Circle (Krudttønden, Mar. 7-8, 2015); and Secrets, in collaboration with Why Not Theatre Company (Halmlageret, Sept. 11-26, 2015). The artistic leadership then decided to develop Spoken Word Project as its own organization in the summer of 2016 and formed Teater Ord/Blindt. Since then, the theatre has created the performance Den Skandinaviske Hyggestue for “Instant Spkrbox 3” (Spkrbox Festival, Oslo, Sept. 10, 2016) and Drømmens Faner “Banners of Dreams” (Copenhagen Music Theatre, Nov. 3 to 23, 2016).

What is Spoken Word
Spoken Word is a genre which encompasses all forms of oral literature: from hip hop to performance poetry, from prose to storytelling. That is to say, it is literature that is to be performed. Its main facets are the artistic aesthetics of orality, including storytelling and word-play, where there is a particular focus on the words themselves, repetition, rhythm and dynamics of tone, gesture etc.; and originality, where artists write and perform their own texts based upon personal experiences. Spoken Word is often combined with other performance styles, such as: dance, music and theatre. The genre originated in the US in the 60’s from the African American poets in Harlem and includes such artists as Amiri Baraka, Gil Scott Heron, Hedwig Gorski, and Spalding Gray, among many others; and has since spread around the world with large appeal in Germany, Britain and France. Due to its personal, subjective and political nature, Spoken Word is often used as a way to open up discussion on taboo subjects.

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Future Projects

02/2017 Director Venus in Fur Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre
03/2017 Director Zola Down the Rabbit Hole/Manusarts (Copenhagen and Hamburg)

Productions (*Video available under Portfolio)

11/2016 Director Drømmens Faner Teater Ord/Blindt
10/2016 Director Sex and Betrayal Down the Rabbit Hole/Manus Arts (Copenhagen, Hamburg and Malmo)
06/2016 Voice Coach Dansejæger Neominimalistic Music Works
05/2016 Director Elsie and Norm’s Macbeth Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre
12/2015 Director Vores By Copenhagen's Film & Theatre School
09/2015 Director Secrets* Why Not Theatre
04/2015 Director Pygmalion* Copenhagen Theatre Circle
03/2015 Director Journeys Copenhagen Theatre Circle
02/2015 Director OrdBlindt* Spoken Word Theatre
06/2014 Director Pop* Black Box Pangea
04/2014 Director The Dining Room* Copenhagen Theatre Circle
13/2013 Director Jeg Ville Sgu Gerne Ha' Lyttet Lidt* Spoken Word Theatre/Kbh's Musikteater
11/2012 Director Hele Vejen Hjem* Husets Teater- Åbent Hus
09/2012 Director Mallorca Med Venlig Hilsen/Bådteatret- Ubåden
10/2010 Director Valparaiso* University Theater
04/2010 Director Oleanna (Akt 1og 3) University of Wisconsin-Madison
03/2010 Director The Lady from the Sea* University Theater
12/2008 Director First You’re Born* University Theater
05/2008 Director Miss Firecracker Contest Strollers Theatre
08/2005 Director Anna, Leona, & the Lady Luck StageQ
03/2004 Director Balcony Scene Bearnail Productions
07/2003 Director Last White Family on Dorchester Road Avila University/Mind's Eye Theatre
05/2003 Director Writing Murder Avila University
03/2003 Director Naomi in the Living Room Avila University
02/2003 Director On Sundays Avila University
11/2003 Director Waiting for Godot Avila University
09/2003 Director True West Avila University
11/2001 Director Charley’s Aunt KCK Community College
05/2001 Director War of the Worlds KCK Community College
11/2000 Director Over My Shoulder Longview Community College
05/2000 Director Surprise! Mr. Black? Blue Springs High School
08/1999 Director This is a Test Blue Springs High School

Radio Drama

06/2013 Director Hestene (afsnit #6) Akt1

Projects, Staged-readings, and Workshops

01/2015 Vocal Director Ant Film Center for Social Evolution
11/2013 Director Massakre Det Kolde Bord-Momentum
08/2013 Director ORD workshop Spoken Word Theatre/Republique
06/2013 Director Mand Over Bord Det Kolde Bord-Grob
03/2012 Director Det Hvide Snit Det Kolde Bord-Teater Huset
08/2010 Director Feed the Bird Edenfred/Overture Center
05/2010 Director Bailey and Time CTM Family Theatre
01/2010 Director Sordid Lives Stage Q
05/2009 Director A Play Madison Repertory Theatre
05/2009 Director The Island University Theatre
05/2009 Director ATTENTION! University Theatre
05/2009 Director Life Elixer University Theatre
05/2009 Director Field work University Theatre
01/2006 Director Jesusland Stage Q

Education

09/2008-05/2011 Master of Fine Arts in Directing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
01/2002-05/2004 Bachelor of Arts in Directing/Theatre Producing, Avila University
01/2001-12/2001 General Associate, Kansas City Kansas Community College
09/2000-12/2000 Longview Community College

Teaching

02/2016-Present Spoken Word Courses, Spoken Word Theatre
02/2016 Script analysis and scene work, Copenhagen's Film & Theatre School
01/2015 Stanislavsky system, Copenhagen's Film & Theatre School
11/2014 Acting class, The International Theatre of Malmö
02/2011-05/2011 Introduction to Acting, University of Wisconsin
09/2010-12/2010 Introduction to Directing, University of Wisconsin
01/2010-05/2010 Introduction to Acting, University of Wisconsin
09/2009-12/2009 Introduction to Directing, University of Wisconsin

Consulting

09/2014-Present Board Member Dansk ITI
08/2013-Present Board President Med Venlig Hilsen
11/2011 Consultant Mysteriet om Hvorfor... Teaterhund

Awards and Achievements

12/2016 Named “#1 English Language Trailblazer” CphPost
04/2015 Stipend for Spoken Word Projekt, Danish Ministry of Culture ($5,000)
07/2014 Pop! won Best Performance Art, Innovation in Design, Best Vocal Performance for both Performers, WorldFest 2014, USA
02/2014 Københavns Scenekunstudvalg underskudsgaranti ($2,000)
09/2012 Københavns Scenekunstudvalg underskudsgaranti ($6,000)
05/2010 Gudrun Gytel Fund scholarship ($12,000)
05/2010 ScanDesign Foundation study abroad scholarship ($7,000)
05/2010 Charline M. Wackman Award: scholarship for academic achievement ($2,000)
05/2009 Charline M. Wackman Award: scholarship for academic achievement ($2,000)
08/2008 Three year graduate school funding for tuition and teaching stipend
08/2099 Winner of Missouri’s regional competitions for directing; This is a Test

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+45 53 94 64 99

jmthomaspoulsen@gmail.com

Copenhagen, Denmark