Dr Jessica Beck combines several degrees with practical experience. She holds a BA degrees from the University of San Diego (Theatre Arts) and E15 Acting School/University of Essex (Contemporary Theatre Practice) as well as a PhD from the University of Exeter in Performance Practice, Drama/Theatre Arts and Stage Practice. Her thesis was on "Directing Emotion: A Practice-Based Investigation into the Challenge of Emotion in Western Performance". She holds certifications in Alba Emoting and Feldenkrais Method.
As a director/deviser she has an established track record. In 2007 she won the Excellence Award for Outstanding Direction at The New York International Fringe Festival for her work on the devised production 'Up the Gary'. Directing credits include: Normal/Madness by Fiona Geddes (Pleasance, Edinburgh); The Exeter Blitz Project by Jessica Beck and Helena Enright; Tin Girls with photographer Alice Carfrae; Less Than a Year by Helena Enright (The Bike Shed Theatre); Alice’s Adventures in the New World by Sarah Sigal (Old Red Lion Theatre, UK tour); Up the Gary by Andrew Barron and Jessica Beck (Theatre503, Edinburgh, UK tour, New York); 2002 by Nimer Rashad and 2008 by Phil Porter as part of Decade (Theatre503); Dogfight by Sarah Sigal (Arcola Theatre, Edinburh); Ein Abend Mit Ruby with the Ruby Dolls (Jermyn St Theatre); Zoo by Dawn King (Union Theatre); All Alone by Gene David Kirk (Theatre503, Edinburgh, Dublin, NYC); and Terrorist! The Musical (Edinburgh).
She has been an Education and Projects Director for Theatre503, and a Reader for the Bush Theatre. She is currently Module leader on two courses on Stage Directing, Directing I and II, for the BA (Hons) Drama in the department of Music and Performing Arts at Canterbury Christchurch University, as well as a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, London. She is an Artistic Associate of the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.