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An Exceptional Performance

Deanna Jent If you’ve been reading the news in St. Louis recently, you’ve probably seen Deanna Jent’s name pop up more than once. It seems that every other day, critics give her professional theatre group, Mustard Seed Theatre, thumbs up for one performance or another. Of course, this is just part of another day at the office for Jent, the director of theatre and performing arts at Fontbonne University and artistic director of Mustard Seed.

Jent is Fontbonne’s 2010 Scholar/Artist, an award designed to give Fontbonne faculty and staff the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of their peers.
“The Scholar/Artist award is a true honor,” said Jent. “I am excited that the storytelling I do through theatre is being recognized, and I hope it brings in more people to see the wonderful performance events we have at Fontbonne.”

Those performances range from Mustard Seed plays and discussions to student productions, showcases and one-act festivals. Next year, Mustard Seed performances will include “The Chosen,” “Shadowlands,” and Jent’s own adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel “Till We Have Faces.” And Jent is clearly energized and excited about each new endeavor.
“I love what I do,” she said. “I'm always learning from my students and feeding off their enthusiasm and energy, and when I'm in rehearsal, I'm working with wonderful creative people. I am so fortunate to be able to ‘play’ when I work.”

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