Jess trained at Royal Central on the BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course, where her placements included devising a children's theatre show with fathers in prison; a touring children's theatre show to housing estates and public parks in Kent; and a circus project with Makhampom with displaced communities in Northern Thailand.
Jess now works for the Participation Department of Jacksons Lane, including managing the Together Project which works through the arts to reduce isolation and increase the well-being of older people and people living with dementia in the borough. She is also partnered with Homes for Haringey and tours fortnightly 'Broadway Brunches' to the 1400 tenants living in their supported housing schemes. (Picture Drag Queens, Circus Artists and Musical Theatre singers in your living room!). She also organises placements for BA and MA Applied Theatre students with older people in the community.
In addition, Jess works with Wise Thoughts, an arts charity based in Wood Green who work relentlessly for LGBT+ and BAME communities to deliver services and dynamic arts initiatives that support individuals and help to address social justice issues. She delivers project that brings workshops to schools across London that work to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and promote wider diversity in schools and educational settings.
Jess is a tutor for Royal Central's Saturday Youth Theatre and is working on a solo show on Food/Veganism/Dementia using the media of Queerlesque and Interactive Audience Games. She is the co-producer of Glitter Lips and produces Dazzling and Silly LGBTQIA+ inclusive events.
Saturday Youth Theatre (6-17 year olds)