Jeanette Maus Dies: Actress & Acting Teacher/Coach Was 39

Jeanette Maus, an actress and acting teacher/coach whose credits include Charm City Kings and Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister and My Effortless Brilliance, died Sunday night of colon cancer. She was 39 and had been diagnosed in April.

The news was confirmed on social media by her fiancé, Dusty Warren.

“It is with a shattered-yet grateful-heart that I inform you that Jeanette Maus passed away late last night due to complications of cancer,” Warren wrote on Facebook. “I’m really sad, but I’m super proud of her. She fought so hard, with tremendous grace and optimism, inspiring myself and I’m sure many of you.”

Maus appeared in 2020’s Charm City Kings and such other features as My Fiona and Dismissed, along with along with the late Shelton‘s Your Sister’s Sister and My Effortless Brilliance, the latter of which Maus also co-wrote. She also appeared in numerous short films and wrote and produced the short Secret Island Adventure: Ripple One and directed and produced the short Je Suis Ici. The latter two were from 2018.

She also appears in the upcoming feature My Fiona, directed by Kelly Walker, which will begin its festival run this year.

Born on June 14, 1981 in Everett, WA, and raised in nearby Lake Stevens, Maus impacted the lives of hundreds of acting students she taught and coached during her nearly decade-long tenure with John Rosenfeld Studios. Her commitment to her students, her humanity, compassion and delight in their success made her a treasured mentor, friends and colleagues said.

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Studio owner John Rosenfeld posted a tribute to her on Instagram.

“Our hearts are broken today,” he wrote. “Jeanette has been part of the JRS family for almost a decade and became part of the studio’s DNA as a student, teacher, coach and friend. Jeanette was truly an artist, and felt truly grateful to live as an artist. She had an indomitable spirit and was hungry to be the best person, the best teacher, the best friend and the best actor she could be. The world lost a force of nature and we will be feeling that for a long time.”

Read his full post below.

Along with Warren, Maus’ partner for more than a decade, she is survived by her parents, David Maus and Shirlee & Colin Walter; her siblings Erik Maus, Katie Walter and Ian Walter; her soon-to-be in-laws Susan, Rod and Patty Warren; brother-in-law Jared Warren; sister-in-law Sera McGovern and their children Rosalie and Harvey.

A memorial celebration will be held later in the year. Donations in Maus’ memory can be made to The Art of Elysium or the ASPCA.