That's Janeé'! Or, Reneé with a "J." Janee' Ann Smith hails from Detroit, MI where she studied theatre at Wayne State University. Her talents include acting, singing, and dancing. Despite her youthful features, Janee' has been known to play mature roles with believability. For example, she was cast as Mrs. Muller in John Patrick Shanley's, "Doubt", with the Detroit Repertory Theatre.
In 2006, Ms. Smith starred in the one-woman show, "Pretty Fire", by actress and playwright, Charlayne Woodard, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit. This performance earned her the Best Actress Award from the Detroit Free Press in which she received 4 out of 4 stars. The following season she had the privilege of working with acclaimed director, Walter Dallas, an Atlanta native, in Lydia R. Diamond's adaptation of "The Bluest Eye" with Plowshares Theatre Company. Janeé is also a vocalist, having honed her skills growing up in the church choir, often performing as a soloist. Her vocal stylings cover genres such as R&B, Gospel, Jazz, Blues and Pop.
In addition to performing, Ms. Smith is a choreographer and arts educator. She has committed time to choreographing musicals for her alma mater, Cass Technical High School, a nationally acclaimed high school for gifted students. She has served as a theatre instructor for the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in which she taught theatre to students in an after-school program.
Janeé Ann Smith is delighted to have relocated to Atlanta to venture into new beginnings and make a name for herself in this great city. "My ultimate goal is to take social responsibility and create more roles for African-American women."
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