Jesse trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on the Collaborative and Devised Theatre BA Acting course, and has since worked as an actor, director and theatre maker. His acting credits include ‘Midsomer Murders’ and ‘Foyle's War’ (ITV), ‘Doctors’ (BBC) and ‘Hard Feelings’ (Finborough Theatre). He provided devising and dramaturgical support to Cressida Brown on ‘Re:Home’ (The Yard) in 2016, and recently to Kirsty Housely (co-director, The Encounter) as associate director on ‘War and War’ at the Pleasance. He has led workshops for Complicite Creative Learning and the Acting Diploma course at Central, as well as working at Central numerous times in the capacity of assistant director.
In 2012, Jesse co-founded Engineer Theatre Collective, a group of devisers dedicated to making striking, ensemble-led theatre. For their first show ‘MISSING’ (Underbelly, Coventry Belgrade, New Diorama Theatre), Engineer scrutinised the under-reported phenomenon of disappearance, experimenting with ambitious theatrical languages to activate the verbatim accounts they’d obtained. The show won the 2013 Scottish Daily Mail Edinburgh Fringe Festival Award and received ringing endorsement from the Missing People charity. In 2017, Jesse co-directed ‘RUN’ for the company, which ran for 5 weeks (Greenwich Theatre, New Diorama) and followed a group of young people pursuing a banking career in post-recession Britain. The show was featured in The New Yorker and nominated for two Off West End Awards (Best Director, Best Ensemble).
Jesse has just finished directing a new devised show for Engineer, titled ‘The Gap in the Light’, which runs for a month at the New Diorama. The show explores our relationship to fear in the context of the political and social climate of 2017, and utilises periods of total blackout. Jesse has also just worked as movement director on ‘A Lie of the Mind’ at Southwark Playhouse, which received a 5 star review from The Times.
In summer 2018, he returned to Royal Central to co-direct ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ with final year BA Acting students.