LYNNE JASSEM

("From Como to Homo")

A ten-year-old  tap dancer on "The Perry Como" television show in 1957 juggles her aggressive stage mother and career, all the while trying to hide her burning desire to be a boy.

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Lynne Jassem has been performing all her life. She began at the age of 10 as a Comoette on the "Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall". She made a comeback at 28 as a member of the Claude Kipnis Mime Company performing at PBS Performances, Lincoln Center and The White House. She then moved into the industrial world of business entertainment, choreographing and producing approximately 40 shows from Polaroid to Maidenform.

 

Jassem was one of the 5 founding members of the American Tap Dance Orchestra and danced with the company for 5 years, from the Cotton Club to PBS with Gregory Hines and Tommy Tune.

 

In the late 1980's Jassem started writing solo shows and performed her show "Rhythm Anonymous" all over Europe and the USA conducting artist-in-residencies and lecturing on the History of Tap and Mime as well as teaching master classes.



Jassem was produced in 1998 along with her tap theatre company "Step Fire" by the Bay Area Theatre Collective with her show "Tapestry" and given a grant to write another show relating menopause to being bi coastal.

 

Jassem has since written and performed her solo show "From Como to Homo" at the United Solo Festival, Orlando Fringe Festival and received a Best of Fringe from the San Francisco Fringe. She has recently returned from 4 weeks at the Edinburg Fringe Festival and is so happy to have been selected to perform here in L.A. at this prestigious forum. She now makes West Hollywood her home.