Jesca Prudencio is a director, choreographer, and community based artist. She is dedicated to developing new theatrical works that humanize issues and explore the tension between cultures. She focuses on new plays, musicals, and dance theater works in New York, regionally, and internationally. She is the recipient of the TS Eliot Old Vic US/UK Exchange under Kevin Spacey, The Drama League Fall Fellowship, and one of the first recipients awarded The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship.
As former Education Director and current Associate Artist/ Lead Trainer for Ping Chong + Company, she has worked as a writer, director, and associate on a dozen interdisciplinary and documentary theater projects across the U.S., including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, BAM, and The Smithsonian.
She founded her company People Of Interest in 2014 to focus on new theatrical events that address community specific issues. Their production of Campo Maldito was a NYTimes Fringe Festival Pick in NYC and nominated for Best Guest production by Theatre Bay Area Awards in San Francisco. Their recent production FAN: stories from the brothels of Bangkok focused on humanizing people working in Thailand's infamous sex industry, and performed to a sold out audience this past spring.
Jesca has worked beside notable directors, including assisting David Leveaux at The Public Theater and Marc Bruni at Long Wharf Theater, and Ping Chong on a dozen projects. The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship currently supports her travels through Thailand, Japan, and The Philippines throughout 2017 as she researches and trains in traditional and contemporary forms of theater in each country. She holds a BFA from NYU Tisch, and an MFA Directing from UC San Diego.