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BRIGHT HALF LIFE
WaterTower Theatre’s Discover Series – May 2016

“…the roles require actors with stamina, superb timing, and palpable chemistry. Kelsey Leigh Ervi and Kenneisha Thompson…are strong in all of these. Kenneisha Thompson, as Vicky, masterfully shifts gears between segments with intensity. When a time-switch is occasionally confusing, we are often able to regain our footing based on small changes in Thompson’s delivery and body language, which change as Vicky ages. …[Thompson’s] Vicky is not flighty or uncommitted. Rather, she is so acutely sensitive to social politics in the world around her that she sometimes errs on the side of security. Thompson is an expert at mixing analysis and raw emotion, easily modulating her voice and facial expressions to instantly switch from one to another and illustrating how, over time, both take their toll on Vicky.”

Rachel Elizabeth Khoriander
John Garcia’s THE COLUMN

THE FIRESTORM – National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
Kitchen Dog Theater – June 2015

“Kenneisha Thompson stunningly makes Gaby both icy and aloof, warm and funny, a lawyer who values her professionalism yet wants to support her husband.”

Lindsey Wilson
Culture Map Dallas


“Cobb is particularly great in those flirty scenes; there’s a believable playfulness early on, and later a palpable realization that the past doesn’t necessarily reconcile with his present, or future. Thompson matches him note for note…Gabby’s trajectory is similar to Patrick’s, but from a different POV.”

Mark Lowry
Theater Jones

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
Jubilee Theatre – June 2014

“Dussie Mae was played by Kenneisha Thompson as a cross between a naïve groupie living with Ma Rainey and a sly trickster looking for someone going somewhere, someone like Levee. When Dussie Mae found a few moments alone with Levee, Thompson slipped into a sultry and sensuous connection with Anderson as she unleashed her raw sexuality which raised hope for a future between Dussie Mae and Levee…”

Amber Gibson
John Garcia’s THE COLUMN


“Kenneisha Thompson adds a sultry touch to Dussie Mae, a siren in a golden dress who holds allure for both Levee and Ma.”

Nancy Churnin
The Dallas Morning News
Theater Jones

STEEL MAGNOLIAS
DVA Productions – June 2013

“Having seen Kenneisha Thompson in previous roles as a skilled ensemble actress, I was happy to have the opportunity to see her in the leading role of Shelby. Thompson carried the role seamlessly and with skill. Her portrayal clearly showed the turmoil that lurked under the positive and bubblly persona Shelby wanted the world to see, and each time she was seen on the set she skillfully depicted the increasing frailty of a body ravaged by diabetes. Casting Thompson in this role was a perfect choice…”

Elaine Plybon
John Garcia’s THE COLUMN


“Kenneisha Thompson as Shelby is heartbreakingly fresh and lovely, a coiled spring of hope for a future she isn’t sure about at all — and her “fire baton” routine is a sight to see.”

Jan Farrington
Theater Jones

CROWNS
African American Rep. Theater – Oct 2012

“The story in Crowns goes beyond hats. Yolanda, a young girl from Brooklyn, comes to South Carolina to escape the street viloence after her brother dies. Kenneisha Thompson plays Yolanda. She begins the young girl’s journey as a brash young street-savvy rapper used to a fast-paced cynical outlook on life… Thompson gives Yolanda a youthful impatience we’d expect, but allows her to grow as she learns.”

Charlie Bowles
John Garcia’s THE COLUMN

COMPANY
Jubilee Theatre – July 2012

“Three more married couples call on Robert, the first being the insensibly upbeat Peter and Susan, played by Scott Sutton and Kenneisha Thompson. Where Rober’s smug smile is a mask, Peter and Susan’s are those of an unassuming Buddha. Sutton and Thompson invest their couple with charm far more sincere than Robert’s, and are so perfectly happy with one another that not even a subsequent divorce can spoil their bliss.”

Chad Bearden
John Garcia’s THE COLUMN

TWO TRAINS RUNNING
African American Rep. Theater – Oct. 2011

“…solid performances from the cast. Best of the lot are Thompson, giving an enviably natural performance and the always terrific Piper, who has charm and fire…”

Mark Lowry
Theater Jones