Jessica Levy

Jessica Levy
Brooklyn, NY
Poetry, Acting, Storytelling
K-12 Schools, After School Program, College/University, Community Center, Independent Living, Library
Devising/Performance: "The Birds & The Bees...Unabridged!" (March 2013) - collaboratively devised performance about female sexuality "Look at Me" (August 2011) - collaboratively devised performance based on the stories of older adults "Jimmy's Story" (Mar. 2011-Mar. 2012) - collaboratively devised forum theater performance about homophobic bullying "This is To Have Succeeded" (May 2011) - Theater-In-Education piece for middle school students about what it means to succeed

Girls Leadership Institute, Educator, Nov. 2012-current Maura Clarke-Ita Ford (MCIF) Center, English through Drama Instructor, Apr.-Jun. 2013 Philadelphia Futures, Storytelling Project Orientation Facilitator, Jul. 2011 Creative Arts Team, Actor-Teacher, Mar.-Apr. 2011 University City Arts League, Community Arts Workshop Instructor, Mar.-May 2007
Performance, storytelling, and the use of the body in creative expression offer opportunities for participants to reflect on their lives, connect to each other and to the broader world, and draw upon new and existing skills. In addition to building confidence, creating theater and performance, sharing stories and histories, and "getting into" our bodies can give opportunities to shift habits, identify our truths, and show up in the world as active, creative beings with the capacity to effect meaningful change. As an artist and educator/facilitator, my work celebrates the creativity of individuals and the potential of collaboration. Through participant-centered approaches to storytelling, movement, improvisation, and theater, I support participants in identifying and developing skills and interests that are meaningful to them. As an artist, my interests include improv, site-specific work, participatory and collaborative theater-making (devising), puppetry, and physical theater. As an educator and facilitator, I believe strongly in community-building, valuing the knowledge that each person brings and that we create together through dialogue, and creating spaces of play and exploration in which we can support and value each others' strengths. I have an M.A. in Adult Education & Community Development, as well as an M.A. in Applied Theater. I have collaboratively developed and performed theater based on the stories of older adults, and have also worked with an intergenerational group of English Language Learners in using drama as a means of building language and public speaking skills. With 14 years of experience in community work, I am skilled in program and curriculum development, organizing, and event planning. At this time, I am available to work in both NYC and in the Philadelphia area.