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Feb 17, 2012
Gig at Lost Nation Theater

Last night was a complete hoot! I'd even venture to rate it a hoot and a half, on a scale of one to one and a half hoots. We laughed, we cried, we lived, we died. The last one only metaphorically, in case you were worried. You know a performer has an impact when the audience leaves the theater fired up on a whole different set of synapses. Based on the wild ride home with Cathy and Sally, you definitely had an impact on all three of us!

Hope to catch you again soon.


From: Michael (Hamburg)
Subject: Thank You!!!
Date: October 27, 2009 10:29:17 PM GMT+01:00
To: Janice Perry

Dear Janice,
Thanx for all You have done for us.
To me it means a great encouragement to trust in and to follow my creativity,
with sincere gratitude,


From: Kristen (Berkeley, CA)
Subject: Hi
Date: September 29, 2009 8:16:04 PM GMT+02:00
To:  Janice Perry

Dear Janice,
I saw one of your shows decades ago in St.Gallen, Switzerland.  I was a young girl, I don't remember what the show was called.  I know you wore a dress with red hands on it, and you strapped on a penis, which you warned the audience you were going to do.  You said it made you feel aggressive and vulnerable at the same time, which is why men are so bizarre.  I found you brave, smart, and funny, also really observant of Swiss culture, which you included in your performance.  You were very kind and down to earth when I asked you to sign a poster (of you, in the dress with hands on it). 
I became a folklorist and now I’m writing a novel on Swiss culture. Maybe you had an influence on my choice of studies.  Anyway, I stumbled across your website and am delighted to learn that you are doing well.
Do you have any performances scheduled for the West Coast?  I have settled next to Berkeley, CA, and I have a tween son who would LOVE your work. 
With best wishes,


From: LSF Programming Team (Hamburg)
Subject: Re: Janice Q&D film
Date: October 27, 2009 11:32:07 AM GMT+01:00

To: Janice Perry
H. was in the office yesterday and was raving about the workshop: you are awesome!


From Ira Lightman
Via Facebook

October 2009

...I saw you perform in Dartmouth College in 1987, when I was a visiting student from London. Your work profoundly influenced me to see that brilliance and courage could be fun. Big thanks.


From artists participating in an extended performance project, London, 2009

'Janice Perry's expert and fearless leadership can best be summed up by a quote from the Tao Te Ching:
When the Master governs, the people
are hardly aware she exists...
The Master doesn't talk, she acts.
When her work is done,
the people say, "Amazing:
we did it, all by ourselves!" '

Whatever the word for “the opposite of risk averse” is, Janice Perry is it.

Very supportive and encouraging.

Really great. Janice is an excellent teacher and good at giving feedback supportively. I very much appreciated her refusal to fret over potential problems and her trust in the group and the process to resolve issues in due course. Overall Janice's approach created a very safe & supportive environment in which to make work and take risks.

"Janice was very supportive and present in the workshop and very much hands-on, working things out right alongside us."

Thanks again for your amazing enthusiasm and energy 

My experience with you has permanently changed the way I work.

     …the whole experience was intense but made to feel like a safe environment, due to the strong but reassuring encouragement given by Janice throughout the process.  (She) reminded me of Mary Poppins - firm, but caring, and no nonsense!  But probably the most quoteable phrase … 'Let's deal with the possibilities first and the restrictions second.”


Association of Theater in Higher Education



You're a genius. That's about all I have to say, except:

1. Thank you.

2. Thank you.

3. Thank you.

Ellen Donkin

Professor, Theatre Department, Hampshire College, Massachusetts

P.S. You're a genius.


Middlebury College

Kade Lecture

Dear Janice:

Let me express my sincerest thanks for your lecture/performance yesterday. Although the college had a lot of other events scheduled for the same time, our turn-out was excellent.

My colleagues and I thoroughly enjoyed the lecture turned performance. What a change from the sometimes rather dry readings one attends so often. You grabbed the audience from the beginning and had them at the edge of their seats for the entire hour. Especially the students, whom I observed every now and then, seemed completely taken in by your delivery. What a brilliant way to expose beginning students to cultural differences between America and Germany.

Personally, I must say that I have never laughed this much at any lecture I have ever attended. Needless to say, time just flew by. I have already received several thank you notes from faculty in other departments that attended the event. Let me quote just one colleague here who writes:

A heart felt THANKS for yesterday's delightful presentation. Janice is wonderful!...I know it got my blood flowing---which, as we all know, can only make me a better teacher.

I don't think I need to add anything to that, besides the request or sincerest wish that you promise to come back this fall for an encore performance.


Roman Graf (

Chair, German Department, Middlebury College, Vermont