Joined Impro Melbourne 2018
Skills: Actor, Improvisor, Teacher, Stand Up Comedian, Writer, Dancer.
Jess grew up in Melbourne with a strong dance and musical theatre background. She’s performed in numerous musicals and in 2001, established the dance school Creations School of Dance. Jess has recently returned from Dubai in the UAE where she lived, taught and performed from 2012 to July 2018. There, she was a fulltime performer for the Courtyard Playhouse improv theatre doing four shows a week and teaching improv to corporates, adults, kids and teens. She’s hosted shows, pub quizzes, comedy nights and MC’d corporate events.
Jess is also the writer and co-host of the online news satire show, Breaking News - A Recap and the online mockumentary Almost Viral.
With a Bachelor of Teaching degree from Monash Uni, Jessica has been teaching music, dance, drama and improvisation to kids, teens and adults for nearly 20 years. She’s worked as a corporate trainer with The Courtyard Playhouse teaching improv team building and storytelling skills with clients such as PWC, Pepsi Co, Google, Pfizer, Louis Vuitton, Swarovski to name a few. As she says: there’s nothing more exciting as a teacher than seeing the moment a student ‘gets it!’
Teaching/ Performing credits
Jane Austin Off Script
Happiness Street: The Improvised Soap Opera
This Is Impro
Arabian Nights: Dubai International Improv Festival and iTi Conference
Dubai International Comedy Festival
Improvised Kid’s Story time
The Mystery of the Toilet Monster
What Comes Next?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Impro motto or quote:
“Success as an improvisor is all about hearing what your partner said - really being present and listening to them, instead of creating YOUR great idea.” Dan O’Connor.
Comedy Inspirations: David Letterman, Tina Fey, Kitty Flanagan, Rob Sitch