Jane Squiers Brums
During her career as an actress, Jane Brums has appeared in every kind of theatre, from Shakespeare to Sartre to Neil Simon to Noel Coward to Stephen Sondheim to Rodgers and Hammerstein. She has literally lost count of the number of roles she has performed. Born and raised in Cape Girardeau, Jane during her freshman year at Southeast played Susie Trevor in George Gershwin’s Lady Be Good for which she won the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award. At the end one year, she transferred to the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she earned her degree in Speech and Drama. While there, she also received a Best Actress Award and, during her senior year, was named Outstanding Woman in Drama. Following graduation, she was the resident ingénue at the Green Ram Theatre, a professional summer stock company in Wisconsin.
Although marriage to television producer/director Robert Squier and the arrival of two sons occupied much of her time, she continued to work both in theatre and television. For two years, she was the on-air host of Nigh Noon, a daily live magazine format television show which aired on KLRN-TV, Austin-San Antonio. In 1968, the Squiers went to work as television consultants for the presidential campaign of Hubert Humphrey. From there they formed the Communications Company, a Washington, DC firm specializing in the use of television in politics. They worked in many campaigns, both in the U.S. and abroad, and became recognized as pioneers in this new media specialty.
When their marriage ended, Jane went back to work full time in theater. She appeared in dozens of roles in Washington area theaters in addition to doing television and film work. After her sons were in college, she moved to St. Louis where she worked for Warner Communications as a producer and on-air talent. She hosted Showcase, a regular magazine format TV show. She also produced and hosted many specials and program series. Especially notable were her Election Night Specials which covered all elections, primary, general, local and national that affected the St. Louis area.
Today, Jane again lives in Washington, DC, where she remains very active in all aspects of theatre and performance. She also now spends a good deal of time with six grandchildren in whom she is working to instill great love and appreciation of theatre.