MFA – The Ohio State University
BA – Kent State University
Jessica Bishop joined the Performance Faculty at WVU in 2001. Her work in the classroom focuses on Suzuki, Viewpoints, Composition, and Laban Effort Qualities, as well as Pilates matwork. She has had the great honor to train with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, Marcel Marceau, and the Society of American Fight Directors. Some of her professional credits include work with IF Theatre Collective, Theatre of the Mind/ETC, Weathervane Playhouse, and Unseam’d Shakespeare Company. She has performed in shows ranging from King Lear and The Cherry Orchard to Danny and Deep Blue Sea and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. She also performed in the WVU/ETA Hoffmann Theatre production of The Compleat Works of Willm Shakspr(abridged) which traveled to Bamberg, Germany in the Spring of 2003. Most recently, she worked with Greenbrier Valley Theatre performing in Free Mel Greenberg and Proof, and playing Ariel and serving as the Movement Coach for the GVT/WVU joint production of The Tempest.
Bishop has served as fight director for the WVU productions of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, SuBurbia, The Canterbury Tales, and Oleanna, and has been the movement coach for a number of others including The Laramie Project, Ghost Sonata, Medea and The Odyssey, and Into the Woods. One Bishop’s special interests is the creation of original movement theatre pieces, three of which, Hostile Movements, A Life in the Day (of Alyce), and Jabberwocky, have been included in past Dance Concerts, and “Venus” was selected to perform in the national Women and Creativity Conference in 2004. Her newest work, emotion[al], was a collaboration with faculty member Joshua Williamson, and was first shown in Fall 2006. Directing credits at WVU include Moby Dick and Anton in Show Business.
Bishop is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), and is an Equity Membership Candidate.