Jeanne Turpault

NJ Thespians – Makeup Design

Jeanne Turpault is a senior at Hopewell Valley Central High School. She has been working professionally as a makeup artist for a little over a year, and last year, her makeup designs for her school’s production of CHICAGO received a Papermill Playhouse Awards nomination. Throughout high school, she has been involved primarily in the band program, as the lead drum major for the HV Marching black and gold, a part of the jazz band, pit orchestra, orchestra, symphonic band, and Indoor Percussion ensembles. Although her interest in music is very important to her, she still is a part of the theater program as head of the makeup department. She has contributed her designs to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, CHICAGO, Clue, and Cinderella.
Her post-high school plans involve attending Northeastern University and studying abroad in Greece during the 2020 school year. She is extremely honored to have been chosen for such a prestigious award and is very excited to continue to improve her makeup and design skills in the
future. She’d like to thank her director Ms. Rochon for all of her constant support in this process, and the New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education organization for this amazing opportunity.

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The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.