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Jan Cartwright


I grew up in lots of places, and I’m still not really finished (I’m an actor, after all). Detroit is now my home base because life happens. I moved to the area to take a job as a marketing director, always planning to move my sons and I back to Colorado within a couple of years. Life intervened, and fifteen years later, I’m still here.


My early years were spent in Baltimore, Maryland and I have lived in Denver, Chicago, southern Illinois, Indiana and California. I fell in love with theatre in school and trained at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. I've been acting on stages in different parts of the country for more years than I want to talk about, most recently performing with Two Muses Theatre, Performance Network, Matrix Theatre and JET. A few favorite stage roles include Emily in Greetings, Blanche DuBois in Streetcar Named Desire, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Donna in Defying Gravity, Kate in Sylvia and The Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz. I’ve also done work in film, TV and commercials in the Detroit market as well as in Denver.


Currently, I live in Novi with my husband Jerry, our crazy 85 pound dog Wrigley and three disapproving cats (they love us, it’s the dog they disapprove of). My eldest son Tyler is married and lives in South Lyon with his wife Lauren - both are successful in business management jobs and have little interest in creative pursuits; however, they are loyal audience members whenever I perform. My younger son Nick is a brilliant writer and is currently finishing up his master’s degree at CMU; he's also a graduate assistant and teaches English composition at the same university. My husband has three children (two girls and a boy), so we bore some similarities to the Brady Bunch for many years. Everyone is on their own at this point but holidays and family events are pretty crazy. His two daughters each have two children so there are people on the planet who call me Grandma. That’s a role I’m still getting used to – if only I could get them to call me something else in public! I’m blessed to have a husband and children who support my love affair with the stage and screen and always show up to kick start the occasional standing ovation!


In addition to acting, I work as a professional photographer. My company is called Cartwright Photography and Communications and I specialize in commercial photography, portraits and headshots, photojournalism and event coverage; for fun and the occasional image sale, I shoot fine art, travel and wildlife images. In short, if you need a photograph of something, I’m your woman.


I’m looking forward to working with Slipstream because I’d follow Bailey anywhere! The concept of taking classics and presenting them in a way that’s fresh and relevant is exciting and promises to bring renewed interest (or perhaps first-time interest) in the theatre from a new demographic. That can only help all of us interested in building a thriving theatre community in this area.