• Alexandria Bagwell

Community Spotlight: Guillermo Jemmott

I cannot think of a more vibrant, dynamic, and kind artist to kickoff my once a week community spotlight than Guillermo. I'm so thankful to call him my friend, and I hope he brightens your day like he did mine!

Alright give me a quick little slate and tell us who you are!

I'm Guillermo Jemmott, Jr. I’ve been acting for the majority of my adult life. I started my senior year in high school and then picked it up again after I got my degree. My favorite roles were Cinderella’s Prince in INTO THE WOODS, Daniel in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and Benvolio in ROMEO & JULIET. I have since started a theatre company with my wife called Opia Arts in order to bring accessible theatre to the upstate. (Not that that type of theatre does not exist, but we wanted to make something of our own.)

How does your faith impact the work you do?

It impacts everything I do. My faith is incredibly important. My faith led me to this profession and to open a business. God comes first.

Obviously, this is a really difficult time to be a creative. Do you have anything you want to share with the community at this time?

Keep pushing. While this is an extremely difficult time for all of us, we’re in this together. Joshua 1:6-9 says: “be strong and courageous” those words have been a guiding light for me since I was a child and I think they’re are so important.

You’re someone I consider to be an inspiration to the arts community. Let’s pass it on! Do you have anyone you want to shout out to?

I appreciate so many people in this community. I couldn’t continue to do what I do without my wife first of all. I'd also like to shout out the cast, crew, and production team of 9 To 5 at Centre Stage, Carrie Sterling at Sterling Studios, and Julie Florin at Greenville High.

Have any happy songs that are getting you through this time?

Anything Hamilton! (Psst. Interrupting to say that you should check out his incredible Aaron Burr medley on YouTube! https://youtu.be/fqDHa0FN70o) I also really cling to the songs Surrounded (How I Fight My Battles) and Living Hope.

If you could share a word of encouragement to your younger-self, what would you say?

Stay focused, stay humble, stay hungry. Also, don’t stress, God’s in control.

Guillermo is an asset to the Greenville arts community. I admire His heart for making theatre accessible to all and his passion for his music. His website is www.guillermojemmott.com if you want to make a connection!

Do you know someone making an impact for good in the arts community? I'd love for you to send me a recommendation! This is a time to celebrate the hearts of those around us!

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