Associate Professor of Stage Movement
Head of Graduate Acting
MFA – The Ohio State University
BA – Kent State University
Certified Intimacy Director, Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC)
Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
Jessica joined the faculty of the School of Theatre & Dance in 2001 where she teaches movement for all levels of the BFA and MFA Acting Studios. She also serves as the fight director, intimacy director, and movement coach for all WVU mainstage productions. Recent projects include Carrie: The Musical, Indecent, Mud, Cloud 9, and The Three Musketeers. Her work in the classroom focuses on Viewpoints, Composition, experimental theatre, Laban Effort Qualities, character and neutral mask work, and stage combat. Jessica has had the honor to train with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, the Society of American Fight Directors, Intimacy Directors International, and Marcel Marceau.
Jessica works professionally as an intimacy director and fight director in Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia. She recently became the first Intimacy Director hired by both CATCO (Contemporary Theatre Company) and Cumberland Theatre working on productions such as Head Over Heels, 9 to 5, The Musical, and A Streetcar Named Desire. She is also the resident Intimacy Director for Vintage Theatre Company. Jessica’s work as a performer has taken her across the region. She was in staged readings of Not Someone Like Me, directed by Chris Sarandon, Zelda: Reflections of a Southern Belle at the Drama League Studio Theatre in NY, and as Tamora in Titus Andronicus directed by Jim Warren. Other favorites include Mrs. Crachit/Mrs. Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol with West Virginia Public Theatre, Claire in Proof with Greenbrier Valley Theatre, and Amy in Putting it Together with Mountain State Repertory.