Jessica L. Jacob teaches Stage Combat, Acting, and Japanese Theatre courses and Directs for the University of Alaska’s Department of Theatre & Dance. She holds an M.F.A. in Performance – Asian Theatre emphasis from the University of Hawaii Manoa specializing in martial style Chinese Opera, Kabuki and Randai (an Indonesian martial theatre form) and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont.
An active participant in theatrical combat since 1995, she promotes actor conditioning for the stage and has been a fitness and dance/movement instructor. Recent projects include fight choreography and direction for Fairbanks Shakespeare, Anchorage Opera, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Theatre of Youth and more. As a performer, Jessica has appeared on stage in Alaska, Hawaii, Vermont, Czech Republic, Japan, Taiwan, Belgium, the Netherlands and on the ocean. An advocate of “higher” education, she was the faculty point-person for UAA Theatre’s Fallen in spring of 2009, a full-length show integrating theatre and aerial acrobatics, and was able to study aerial acrobatics in residency with the Aerial Angels. She continues to study and team-teach workshops in aerial acrobatics and promote theatre at new heights. In 2006 she followed the equator around the world studying and/or enjoying theatre forms in each country. She would be delighted to travel wherever needed to teach workshops. She is a Dueling Arts Associate Instructor and S.A.F.D. Advanced Actor Combatant.