Jaclyn Suffel

Jaclyn Suffel

Jaclyn is a native of Houston, Texas and graduated from Southwestern University with a B.A. in Theatre and Feminist Studies. Her passion for serving incarcerated women began at SU, and her senior thesis was done on how to take theatre into women’s prisons to use it as rehabilitation and therapy. Arriving in Memphis in 2007 as a teacher in the Teach for America corps, she used the techniques she learned from the two programs she researched with her theatre students to lead them to create performance pieces about their lives that they wrote, produced, and performed themselves. Through that work, she learned how important it is for everyone’s story to be heard and everyone to have a chance to shine.

Jaclyn currently works as a community organizer for the education non-profit Stand for Children and helps parents and teachers have a voice in the political process of education. As an actress, Jaclyn has been privileged to play several roles, most recently playing Susan in Theatre Memphis’ [title of show] and Fraulein Kost in TM’s Cabaret. Having the opportunity to perform the true stories of the women in the 3R program has been truly a full-circle experience for her and has been more moving and meaningful that she could possibly describe. She is thankful to Elaine, Voices of the South, and the fantastic cast for giving her this opportunity.


Role   Show
Performer ..................... Prison Stories


The Nature of Captivity
By Matthew Paul Olmos
Directed by Robert Arnold
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