Jess is a Lecturer in Acting & Creative Practice at The University of Northampton and Artistic Associate at The Kings Head Theatre in London, she also works as a Movement Director, Performer and is a published Poet. She originally trained as an actor and theatre maker at East 15 Acting School, she later went on to complete an MA in Movement Directing and Teaching at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Jess is Movement Director and Co-Director for The Alchemist Theatre Company. Selected Directing credits are: HoneyBee - Written and performed by Eleanor Dillon-Reams - Tristan Bates Theatre & The Brighton Fringe Festival. Twelfth Night - For Northampton University, Acting & Creative Practice Course - Site Specific Production. Romeo and Juliet - For Northampton University, Acting & Creative Practice Course - Site Specific Production.
Selected Movement Directing credits are: Bottom - Written and Performed by Willy Hudson - For Bristol Old Vic & Soho Theatre. Come Inside - For Get Lucky Theatre Company - The Bush Theatre London. Emerge Festival Nottingham - For The Mighty Creatives. Moormaid - Directed by Zois Pigadas - The Arcola Theatre.
Tunnel 57 - Directed by Luke Clarke for East 15 Acting School. Balm and Gilead - Directed by Tony Bell for Northampton University. Coming Clean - Directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher - The King's Head Theatre. Hamlet - Directed by Rob Forknall - Changeling Theatre open air summer tour. Tesla - A Contemporary Theatre Practices devised piece for East 15 Acting School -The Alchemist Theatre Company. BU21 - Written by Stuart Slade - Kuleshov Theatre - Theatre 503 and later transferred to The Trafalgar Studios. Katzenmusik - Written by Tom Fowler, Directed by Chris Sonnex and Romana Flello - The Royal Court, Hamlet - Directed by Tony Bell - East 15 Acting School - Saint Mary Magdalene's Church, Jess has also been a workshop facilitator for The Royal Shakespeare Festival, Theatre of Entanglement, Directed by Cezanne Tegelberg, The Royal Theatre of Den Haag, The Netherlands. Selected acting credits are: Two Gentlemen of Verona; Julia, Changeling Theatre, directed by Rob Forknall. Liberation; Amber, Alchemist Theatre Company, directed by Luke Clarke. Romeo and Juliet, Juliet, Changeling Theatre Company, directed by Rob Forknall. Beyond Caring, Becky, The Yard Theatre, directed by Alexander Zeldin. Sealand; Sarah, Arcola Theatre, directed by Luke Clarke. Doing The Idiots; Jessica, The National Theatre Studios, directed by Alexander Zeldin.
As a result of her career as an actor and movement director, Jess has a combined knowledge of text and movement. The culmination of this work emerged from an extension of LeCoq’s The Elements during her time at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She approached this through the collaboration of movement and poetry, with original writing by herself, Jess draws on Laban terminology and the influence of Chekhov's Psychological Gesture.
In company with influences such as Rudolf Laban, Michael Chekhov and Jacques LeCoq, Jess is inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, whose words underpin the ethos of her work ; ‘I am not interested in how people move, but what moves them.’
Particularly interested in the connection between language and movement, Jess investigates the way turns of phrases, imagery and vocal sounds can evoke a physical reaction. Because of this, when working as a movement director, her work is rooted in the emotions, images, and sense of the text, allowing the movement to be intertwined in the story. Jess is interested in investigating how movement can inspire language and language can inspire movement.
Coronavirus basic awareness on production training
22nd September 2020 - 22nd March 2021
Movement Director - A Gym Thing - Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh
Aug 2017 - Aug 2017
Movement Director - Coming Clean - The King's’ Head Theatre
Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
Movement Director - HAMLET - Changeling Theatre
Jun 2017 - Aug 2017
Movement Director - KATZENMUSIK - The Royal Court
Apr 2017 - Aug 2017
Movement Director/ Co - Director - HAMLET - East 15 Acting School - Tony Bell
May 2017 - Jun 2017
Movement Director - TESLA - Alchemist Theatre - East 15 Acting School
Sep 2016 - Oct 2016
Movement Director - BU21 - Kuleshov Theatre - Theatre 503 & Trafalgar Studios
Feb 2015 - Jan 2016
Movement Directing and Teaching - Master of Arts - The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Oct 2016 - Oct 2017
Acting and Contemporary Theatre - BA Hons - First Class Degree - East 15 Acting School
Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
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