ABOUT

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Jessi grew up balancing her extracurriculars between USAG Gymnastics and Theatre. She started her stage training at a young age in the School of Musical Theatre at Repertory Company Theatre. At age 16, she officially joined their company, where she performed regularly for three years as an actress and dancer. She is a proud alum of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA) where she studied Theatre & Dramatic Arts. From 2016 - 2017, she studied Theatre & Performance at Emerson College. She has performed works by artists including Stephen Sondheim, Aristophanes, and Thornton Wilder. Her training includes rigorous performance education such as Advanced Acting, Directing, Costume Construction, Stage Combat, Movement, Jazz, and Diction. She has studied under various teachers, including Karon Cogdill, Christie Vela, Charlton Gavitt, Joseph Antoun, Cassie Tunick, and Erin Schwall.​ Along with her stage work, Jessi has acted in student films and wrote/directed her own short, Queen Kevinwhich was included in the La Vie Theaters Rising Star Film Festival in 2016. For this film, she worked under the mentorship of Italian Cinematographer Raoul Torresi

In addition to her performance career, Jessi is a visual artist specializing in acrylic painting and mixed media. In 2017, she left Emerson College to pursue an education in artistic healing. She received her B.S. in Expressive Art Therapy from Lesley University in 2019. While at Lesley, she studied under Expressive Therapists including Shaun McNiff, Nancy Jo Cardillo, Michelle Pate, and Andre Reusch.

 

Since graduating, Jessi continues her multimodal artistic practice and works as a Collaborative Artist with Reciprocity Collaborative, where she designs and facilitates community engagement in site-specific performance and activation. Jessi is committed to facilitating creative expression through arts-based research, and is interested in the documentation of artistic process. She approaches art-making to create dialogue through and with equivocal concepts that ignite her curiosity. She allows her faith in product to guide her intentional creations, and while she believes art heals on multiple levels, she resonates with the curative aspect of art as soul. Today she works collaboratively with East Coast artists including dancer/researcher Ilya Vidrin, poet and interaction artist Çaca Yvaire, social-practice artist Kristin Barendregt-Ludwig, and interdisciplinary artist Sue Murad

When she isn't working on her artistic projects, Jessi works as a Paraprofessional in the Emotional Impariment sector at Thomas A. Edison K-8 School and co-teaches Latin Ballroom dance in the Harvard Dance Center.