On the Couch with Karen Jemison

Karen Jemison AAR On the CouchWho is Karen Jemison?
I am the Producer at Manilla Street Productions and currently producing and directing Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Beautiful Game.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I am very lucky I get to do what I do, and bring musicals which are rarely seen to Melbourne – so I’d like to do more of the same! I’m also studying for my Masters in Directing Film and TV at the VCA, so I’d love to make more films.

Who inspires you and why?
Not so much who as what, but I love a great story. I love story driven musicals and The Beautiful Game has this in spades.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I am a big believer in the basics of honesty and integrity… so I try to lead by example and work with people with the same values.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
New York… what’s not to love! All those Broadway shows!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I don’t have so many friends visit me in Melbourne, but when I lived in London there was always someone visiting, so of course we went to see a West End show. There are many Melburnians who I took to see The Beautiful Game in London!

What are you currently reading?
I have just finished a few books on the history of the IRA (Irish Republican Army) – so I’m looking forward to some lighter reading. I love biographies, so might start on the Jelena Dokic biography next.

What are you currently listening to?
Continuing my Andrew Lloyd Webber theme, I’m enjoying revisiting Whistle Down the Wind.

Happiness is?
A full theatre!

What does the future hold for you?
After The Beautiful Game, I am working on Amazing Grace New York, New York which premieres at the National Theatre in January and is a big song and dance show featuring 40 calisthenics and musical theatre performers. Can’t wait!

Karen is currently directing Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Beautiful Game at Chapel Off Chapel until 29 September 2019. For more information, visit: www.chapeloffchapel.com.au for details.

Image: Karen Jemison (supplied)

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