Associate Professor of Stage Movement
MFA The Ohio State University
BA Kent State University
Certified Intimacy Director- Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC)
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 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 a fight director and intimacy director in Maryland and West Virginia. She recently became the first Intimacy Director for Cumberland Theatre in Maryland for their productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Dracula and is the resident Intimacy Director for Vintage Theatre Company in WV.
Jessica’s work as a performer has taken her across the region. Most recently she was in staged readings of Not Someone Like Me, directed by Chris Sarandon, and Zelda: Reflections of a Southern Belle in both Morgantown and New York. Other favorites include Mrs. Crachit/Mrs. Fezziwig 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.