About the Founder
Jessica Rosa Espinoza, theatre educator and director, has experience in the elementary school classroom, as well as experience working closely with both middle school and high school students. She holds a Masters in Educational Theatre from C.U.N.Y's City College of New York. Jessica also holds a BFA in Acting and Directing from University of Mississippi.
She is a state certified teacher in both Georgia and New York in the area of Theatre Education. In addition, Jessica is GA certified in Early Childhood Education, grades K-5. Jessica also works routinely as an Arts Integration Specialist for ArtsNow Learning and a teaching artist with Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center.
She began her career in Education directing a high school musical theatre department where she developed theatre curriculum for 9th-12th grade in Hall County, GA. The program produced six annual mainstage productions and included over 200 teen performers. Jessica has developed curriculum for Fundamentals of Theatre, Playwriting, Theatre for Young Audiences, and Advanced Musical Theatre productions. Jessica enjoys every opportunity she has to work with teens through the medium of theatre.
In East Harlem, NY Jessica was a first grade classroom teacher and also a teaching artist that worked with several schools and age groups using drama in the classroom. As a first grade teacher, Jessica focused her energy on creating an arts integrated curriculum. She worked at developing authentic assessments that implored drama strategies in the reading classroom. This process led to various professional development workshops with other educators where drama- integrated ideas were modeled, shared, and expanded upon.
Jessica has also worked professionally in the field of live theatre as an actress. She has performed in regional theaters all over the country. Her favorite theatre experience as an actress involved performing in a 50 city national tour in Strega Nona, the Musical! The musical was based on the beloved children’s book series by award-winning author Tomie DePaola.
Masters of Science (M.Ed) - Educational Theatre
Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) - Acting and Directing
Georgia State Certified- Early Childhood Education (K- 5)
Georgia State Certified- Theatre Education (K- 12)
New York State Certified Theatre Education (K- 12)