Jessica Beck

Jessica Beck

Director, Writer, Theatre Maker

London

View website

Freelancer - Available Soon

Profile

More

I am an American-born theatre artist living and working in the UK for more than a decade. I specialise in new writing and devised work and am currently an Artistic Associate of The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, and formally an Associate of Theatre503 (from 2004 - 2010).

As a director, I create visceral work exploring edgy subject matter such as war, mental illness and violence against women. From Terrorist! The Musical to Up the Gary (a one-man show about a Gary Glitter tribute artist), I combine humour, detailed psychology, and visual metaphor to investigate complex topics.

I also am passionately curious about psychophysical actor training and embodied practices to enhance an actor’s performance. In 2011 I completed a PhD in Performance Practice entitled Directing Emotion: A Practice-led Investigation into the Challenge of Emotion in Western Performance under the supervision of Phillip Zarrilli. My PhD included experimenting with three approaches to emotion, including Susana Bloch’s Alba Emoting technique, the work of Brian Astbury, and influences from the training of Teatr Piesn Kozla (Song of the Goat).

As a result of my research, I have become a somatic practitioner, teaching Alba Emoting and Feldenkrais (practices that I also use in my professional directing work). Alba Emoting is somatic approach to induce emotional states at will through respiratory-facial-postural actions that trigger physiological components, a technique developed by Chilean neuroscientist Susana Bloch. The Feldenkrais Method of somatic education focuses on learning and movement, which can bring about improved movement and enhanced functioning by working with the nervous system. Peter Brook, and companies such as Complicite and Told by an Idiot regularly use the Feldenkrais Method in their practice. 

Featured video

Creative work

{{titleText}}
No documents added.
{{item.Title}}
{{item.Description}}

Hiive is not responsible for the content of these uploaded files.

Profile

Who they are

I am an American-born theatre artist living and working in the UK for more than a decade. I specialise in new writing and devised work and am currently an Artistic Associate of The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, and formally an Associate of Theatre503 (from 2004 - 2010).

As a director, I create visceral work exploring edgy subject matter such as war, mental illness and violence against women. From Terrorist! The Musical to Up the Gary (a one-man show about a Gary Glitter tribute artist), I combine humour, detailed psychology, and visual metaphor to investigate complex topics.

I also am passionately curious about psychophysical actor training and embodied practices to enhance an actor’s performance. In 2011 I completed a PhD in Performance Practice entitled Directing Emotion: A Practice-led Investigation into the Challenge of Emotion in Western Performance under the supervision of Phillip Zarrilli. My PhD included experimenting with three approaches to emotion, including Susana Bloch’s Alba Emoting technique, the work of Brian Astbury, and influences from the training of Teatr Piesn Kozla (Song of the Goat).

As a result of my research, I have become a somatic practitioner, teaching Alba Emoting and Feldenkrais (practices that I also use in my professional directing work). Alba Emoting is somatic approach to induce emotional states at will through respiratory-facial-postural actions that trigger physiological components, a technique developed by Chilean neuroscientist Susana Bloch. The Feldenkrais Method of somatic education focuses on learning and movement, which can bring about improved movement and enhanced functioning by working with the nervous system. Peter Brook, and companies such as Complicite and Told by an Idiot regularly use the Feldenkrais Method in their practice. 

Career stage
Junior
Industries
Performing Arts, Publishing and Journalism
My skills
Creative Writer, Director, Drama, Movement

Where they are from

Work history

Aug 2014 - Present

Associate Director
Kidder

Jan 2011 - Present

Co-Artistic Director
Viva Voce

Mar 2010 - Present

Artistic Associate
The Bike Shed Theatre

Aug 2005 - Present

Theatre Director
Freelance

Sep 2013 - Aug 2015

Sessional Lecturer
Canterbury Christ Church University

Feb 2014 - Aug 2014

Visiting Lecturer
Royal Holloway University of London

May 2013 - Sep 2013

Script Reader
Bush Theatre

Nov 2006 - Apr 2010

Education and Projects Director
Theatre503

Apr 2003 - Sep 2003

Resident Assistant Director
Old Globe Theatre

Education

Oct 2011 - Aug 2015

The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education - Professional Qualification
The London Feldenkrais Professional Training Programme

Apr 2006 - Nov 2011

Performance Practice - PhD
University of Exeter

Sep 2003 - May 2005

Contemporary Theatre Practice - BA
East 15 Acting School

Where they are going

Industries
Film, Performing Arts, Radio, TV
Skills I want to learn
No areas of interest information available.

Featured video

Creative work

{{titleText}}
No documents added.
{{item.Title}}
{{item.Description}}

Hiive is not responsible for the content of these uploaded files.

Member of

Swarms they are a member of

Not a member of any swarms. Find out more about swarms.

Companies they are a member of

Not a member of any companies.

Admin

Swarms they manage

Not a manager of any swarms. Find out more about swarms.

Company pages they manage

Not a manager of any company pages.

Following

Aaron Rogers
Aaron Rogers
Producer
Alastair Knights
Alastair Knights
Director
Alice Cousins
Alice Cousins
Production and Costume Designer
Amy Warren
Amy Warren
Movement Director & Physical Performer
Anastasia Marshall
Anastasia Marshall
Writer/Director
Andrea Jiménez
Andrea Jiménez
Teatron Envilo Artistic Director. Director/Actor/Producer
Andrew Silverwood
Andrew Silverwood
Actor, Producer, Co Director
Anna Crace
Anna Crace
Writer, Director and Co-Founder of Lo/Fall Theatre
Anna Girvan
Anna Girvan
Theatre Director
Bea Roberts
Bea Roberts
Script Writer
Ben Pearson
Ben Pearson
Composer/ Producer/
Benedict Power
Benedict Power
Independent Theatre Director and Producer
Bethany Pitts
Bethany Pitts
Freelance Theatre Director
Bev Andrews
Bev Andrews
Playwright/documentary film director
Billy Coughlin
Billy Coughlin
Assistant Director
Bobby Brook
Bobby Brook
Director
Bryan Korn
Bryan Korn
Writer, Editor, Creative Coordinator
Caitlin McLeod
Caitlin McLeod
Theatre Director
Charo Santamaría
Charo Santamaría
Freelance Theatre Director
Chloe Courtney
Chloe Courtney
Producer
Chris Foxon
Chris Foxon
Producer/Dramaturg
Christian Kinde
Christian Kinde
Director
Ciarán Burke
Ciarán Burke
Head of Hiive
Claire Willoughby
Claire Willoughby
Theatre Maker & Perfomer
Conor Patrick Carroll
Conor Patrick Carroll
Playwright, Screenwriter
COURTNEY LARKIN
COURTNEY LARKIN
Freelance Theatre director
Daisy Hale
Daisy Hale
Producer
Daniel Hutchinson
Daniel Hutchinson
Playwright, Poet and Director
David Loumgair
David Loumgair
Production Dramaturg. Theatre-Maker. Lead Artist at The LOUMGAIR Collective.
David Toms
David Toms
Shooting Researcher and Filmmaker
Delete this Account please
Delete this Account please
Delete1 Account1
Delete1 Account1
Dene Horgan
Dene Horgan
Actor/Director/Writer
Diyan Zora
Diyan Zora
Theatre Director
DrunkenChris
DrunkenChris
Artistic Director
Eddie Howell
Eddie Howell
Director/ Writer/ Producer
Elisabetta  d'Aloia
Elisabetta d'Aloia
Movement Director
Ella Road
Ella Road
Writer & Actor
Ellen Carr
Ellen Carr
Director, writer, theatre maker
Ellie Bateman
Ellie Bateman
Actress
Emilee Swift
Emilee Swift
Costume Trainee / Dresser
Emily Stokes
Emily Stokes
Sound Trainee/Runner
Emma Gilbey
Emma Gilbey
Actor
Emma Rucastle
Emma Rucastle
Freelance Theatre Director/Maker
Esther McAuley
Esther McAuley
Actor and Theatre Maker
Euan Borland
Euan Borland
Independent Theatre Producer
Florence Watson
Florence Watson
Filmmaker
Freyja Winterson
Freyja Winterson
Theatre Director
Gabriella Bird
Gabriella Bird
Student Director
Hari Ramakrishnan
Hari Ramakrishnan
Writer, Actor
Jack Lamb
Jack Lamb
Theatre Director
James McAndrew
James McAndrew
Theatre Director
Jane Moriarty
Jane Moriarty
Jefferson Bond
Jefferson Bond
Head of Acting at the British Youth Film Academy
Jessica Norman
Jessica Norman
Theatre Producer
Jingan Young
Jingan Young
Writer
John Klark
John Klark
Writer / Theatre Maker / Visual Artist
Joseph Simmons
Joseph Simmons
Film Director, Screenwriter, and Poet
Joy  Gharoro-Akpojotor
Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor
Producer / Writer
Kate Rogers
Kate Rogers
Costume Trainee/Maker
Laila Noble
Laila Noble
Artistic Director - Bawsoot Theatre Company
Laurence Chater
Laurence Chater
Associate Director / Education Coordinator, Broken Hearted Youth
Leah Fogo
Leah Fogo
Lee Neville
Lee Neville
Actor/Filmmaker
lisa mckeown
lisa mckeown
Actress
Liz Arday
Liz Arday
Theatre Director & Producer
Lizzie Watson
Lizzie Watson
Director
Lucy Green
Lucy Green
Writer/Director/Blogger
Lucy Jane Atkinson
Lucy Jane Atkinson
Director
Mark Conway
Mark Conway
Movement Director | Director | Actor
Mark Reed
Mark Reed
Actor and Wordsmith
Mark Stevenson
Mark Stevenson
Director, Actor, Workshop Leader
Mark Traynor
Mark Traynor
Freelance Director & Performance Maker
Martha Bennett
Martha Bennett
Actor and Director
Martin Bonnici
Martin Bonnici
Producer/Director
Matthew Forbes
Matthew Forbes
Actor | Performer | Puppetry & Movement Director
Melissa Dunne
Melissa Dunne
Artistic Director - Papercut Theatre
Mikel Iriarte
Mikel Iriarte
Filmmaker
Monica Nicolaides
Monica Nicolaides
Choreographer/ Dancer / Movement Director
Naomi Joseph
Naomi Joseph
Freelance Theatre-Maker
Nicole Morris
Nicole Morris
Director
Nikki  Smith
Nikki Smith
Freelance Producer / Events Coordinator
Phoebe Hitt
Phoebe Hitt
Theatre Director
Pippa Caddick
Pippa Caddick
Actor and Writer
Rebecca Holbourn
Rebecca Holbourn
Runner
Rebecca Tadman
Rebecca Tadman
Independent Creative Producer
Richard Elson
Richard Elson
Writer / Director
robbie best
robbie best
Playwright
Roland Reynolds
Roland Reynolds
producer. writer. director
Sarah Sigal
Sarah Sigal
freelance writer, director, dramaturg and Creative Director of Hush Hush Hoopla
Shannon Presley
Shannon Presley
Actress and Singer
Sonali Bhattacharyya
Sonali Bhattacharyya
Playwright and Screenwriter
Sophie Foster
Sophie Foster
Writer/Producer
Steven Bloomer
Steven Bloomer
Playwright, Video Editor
Thomas Michael Voss  Choreographer
Thomas Michael Voss Choreographer
Choreographer - Movement Director - Performance Coach
Todd Manley
Todd Manley
Freelancing Awesome (Theatre Director)
Tommaso Pitta
Tommaso Pitta
Film and Theatre Writer/Director
Tommo Fowler
Tommo Fowler
Theatre Director
Will Edelsten
Will Edelsten
Production assistant
Xavier de Sousa
Xavier de Sousa
Producer
Yana Patrakova
Yana Patrakova

Followers

Adama Ses
Adama Ses
Alix Austin
Alix Austin
Director/Producer & Actress // LoneLara Films
Amy Worthington
Amy Worthington
Actor in Training || Writer
Analia Costela
Analia Costela
Profesora
Anna Girvan
Anna Girvan
Theatre Director
Anthony Rothe
Anthony Rothe
scriptwriter | editor | analyst
Bea Roberts
Bea Roberts
Script Writer
Ben Ellis
Ben Ellis
Playwright, Scriptwriter, Writer
Ben Pearson
Ben Pearson
Composer/ Producer/
Benedict Power
Benedict Power
Independent Theatre Director and Producer
Bethany Pitts
Bethany Pitts
Freelance Theatre Director
Bev Andrews
Bev Andrews
Playwright/documentary film director
Bobby Brook
Bobby Brook
Director
Bryan Korn
Bryan Korn
Writer, Editor, Creative Coordinator
Charlie Ely
Charlie Ely
Director & Producer
Charmaine K Parkin
Charmaine K Parkin
Theatre Director/Practitioner
Chloe Courtney
Chloe Courtney
Producer
Ciarán Burke
Ciarán Burke
Head of Hiive
Conor Patrick Carroll
Conor Patrick Carroll
Playwright, Screenwriter
Dan Keen
Dan Keen
Choreographer
Daniel Hutchinson
Daniel Hutchinson
Playwright, Poet and Director
Dene Horgan
Dene Horgan
Actor/Director/Writer
Ellen Carr
Ellen Carr
Director, writer, theatre maker
Ellie Bateman
Ellie Bateman
Actress
Emily Stokes
Emily Stokes
Sound Trainee/Runner
Emma Gilbey
Emma Gilbey
Actor
Esther McAuley
Esther McAuley
Actor and Theatre Maker
Euan Borland
Euan Borland
Independent Theatre Producer
Eve Leigh
Eve Leigh
Playwright and theatremaker
Freyja Winterson
Freyja Winterson
Theatre Director
Grace Blackman
Grace Blackman
Actor
Hannah Ruddle
Hannah Ruddle
Director
James McAndrew
James McAndrew
Theatre Director
James Morton
James Morton
Writer/Director/Filmmaker
John Klark
John Klark
Writer / Theatre Maker / Visual Artist
Joy  Gharoro-Akpojotor
Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor
Producer / Writer
Julia McShane
Julia McShane
Theatre Director
Laila Noble
Laila Noble
Artistic Director - Bawsoot Theatre Company
Laura Marie Donnelly
Laura Marie Donnelly
Co-Director of Equapoise Theatre
Lauren Gauge
Lauren Gauge
Theatre maker | Filmmaker | Poet | Performer | Producer | Producer and Editor of The Offies Awards and OffWestEnd.com
Lauren Rose Moakes
Lauren Rose Moakes
Theatre Director
Lily McLeish
Lily McLeish
Theatre Director
Liz Arday
Liz Arday
Theatre Director & Producer
Lucy Jane Atkinson
Lucy Jane Atkinson
Director
Mark Modzelewski
Mark Modzelewski
Theatre Director
Mark Reed
Mark Reed
Actor and Wordsmith
Martha Bennett
Martha Bennett
Actor and Director
Matthew Sheppard
Matthew Sheppard
Actor & Playwright
Matthew Whittle
Matthew Whittle
Theatre-Maker
Monica Nicolaides
Monica Nicolaides
Choreographer/ Dancer / Movement Director
Nicole Morris
Nicole Morris
Director
Nikki  Smith
Nikki Smith
Freelance Producer / Events Coordinator
Rebecca Tadman
Rebecca Tadman
Independent Creative Producer
Sarah Sigal
Sarah Sigal
freelance writer, director, dramaturg and Creative Director of Hush Hush Hoopla
Shannon Presley
Shannon Presley
Actress and Singer
Sonali Bhattacharyya
Sonali Bhattacharyya
Playwright and Screenwriter
STUART NEWMAN
STUART NEWMAN
singer | songwriter | musician
Thomas Michael Voss  Choreographer
Thomas Michael Voss Choreographer
Choreographer - Movement Director - Performance Coach
Treasa Nealon
Treasa Nealon
Actor. Playwright. Director.

Hii-Fives

No users have Hii-Fived this profile.

Testimonials

This user has no testimonials from the Hiive community.