To say that Jan Turnquist has a special relationship with Little Women could be an understatement! She has been Executive Director of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, where Little Women was written and set, since 1999 and has worked there since 1977. Jan portrayed "Marmee" in Concord Players 1992 and 2002 Little Women productions and worked back stage at every performance of the 1982 production creating the split-second hair change for Jo.
Also known as the Orchard House resident Louisa May Alcott, Jan is on the roster of Young Audiences of Massachusetts and has portrayed Miss Alcott for First Lady Laura Bush, as well as in schools, museums, libraries, corporations, and on several television programs. A long-time member of the Players, Jan has served on the Board as Membership Chair. She has also produced, acted, and worked backstage. In addition to her Alcott related roles, Jan has performed multiple one-woman shows as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Phebe Bliss Emerson, Eyewitness to Revolution, as well as 18th century revivals of Alcott plays, industrial films, Romantic Comedy with the Bedford Players, and Spoon River Anthology and Black and Silver here in Concord. Jan has studied acting with Karen Ross and Michael Allosso.