Jaclyn Bethany, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, made her New York acting debut in A Map of Virtue directed by Tony Winner Pam MacKinnon. Jaclyn has performed with theatre companies such as the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Powerhouse Theatre. Internationally, she has trained extensively in London at RADA, LAMDA, Guildhall, BADA and The National Theatre. Jaclyn is a graduate of Fordham University’s theatre program. Her company’s first theatre production Drama in The Afternoon was performed Off-Broadway. A compilation of Tennessee Williams plays, Jaclyn played the role of Alma opposite James Alan McCune (Shameless).
Jaclyn’s interest in film began in 2011 when she interned at the Sydney Film Festival. She is the founder of Mississippi based production company BKE Productions. Jaclyn made her screen debut in Get on Up (dir. Tate Taylor). Following this experience, Jaclyn wrote and produced the short film Olivia Martha Ilse. She portrays Martha alongside James Frain, Emmy award winner Tammy Blanchard and Tonea Stewart. The short premiered at Berlinale/EFM, followed by market participation at Cannes Film Festival and Palm Springs Shortfest. The film was also in completion at The Crossroads Film Festival and Mykonos Biennale.
Jaclyn’s feature film credits include roles in Trumbo, I Saw The Light, Speech & Debate, The Big Short, Worry Dolls, and a supporting role in Miles with Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser. An accomplished writer, Jaclyn’s short film screenplay Woods was selected for Fest: New Directors/New Films in Portugal in June 2015.
In upcoming news, Jaclyn will participate with her company BKE Productions in the Reykjavik Film Festival Talent Lab 2015. She recently completed her second short film Polly Fillmore directed by Connie Hoy. She plans to premiere Polly on the festival circuit in 2016.
Jaclyn currently resides in London where she is studying for her masters in screenwriting at the London Film School.