ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | RESIDENT PERFORMER
Jess studied at Reed College and the London Contemporary Dance School before graduating from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Magna Cum Laude. She achieved local notoriety as Debbie Dazzle in the Seattle guerrilla performance art duo FANKICK! The duo was named one of the "65 Best Ways To Love Our City" by Seattle Metropolitan magazine and was commissioned by Microsoft, the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and the Capitol Hill Block Party. As a performer she has worked with many notable Seattle choreographers including the Seattle Opera, Pat Graney Company, Crispin Spaeth Dance Group, LeGendre Performance, Scott Powell Performance, Rainbow Fletcher's The Castaways, Deborah Wolf, and Mark Haim Dance Theater. She toured with Mark Haim's piece "This Land Is Your Land" which was named "one of the most influential works in the past 15 years" by Dance Magazine in January 2015. Jess has performed at the Southern Theater (MN), PICA's TBA Festival (OR), the Myrna Loy Center (MT), Dance Theater Workshop (NY), the Joyce Theater (NY), American Dance Festival at Duke University (NC), and in the ArtDanThe Festival (Paris, France). She danced in two Macklemore and Ryan Lewis videos "And We Danced" and "Thrift Shop." Other film work includes Karn Junkinsmith's "The Chronicles of Cleo and Jack", Vockah Redu's "Fantahsea" and Kris Orlowski's "Pieces of Me." Jess is on the Fine Arts Faculty at U Prep, and has been teaching dance and yoga to elementary, middle and high school students for the past 15 years.