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. Jesca has developed new work at The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, East West Players, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Space on Ryder Farm, La MaMa, Clubbed Thumb, and Joe's Pub. She is the recipient of the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange at the Old Vic, The Drama League Fall Fellowship, and the 2018 Artist-In-Residency at the Performance Project at University Settlement in Manhattan. Jesca is the inaugural recipient of The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship which supported her travels through Thailand, Japan, and The Philippines throughout 2017 as she researched and trained in traditional and contemporary forms of theater in each country.
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. 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 spring 2017. Their production A&Q: a documentary theater piece on the big issue shed light on people who are directly affected by the war on drugs in the Philippines, and their most recent production Nohing used dozens of stories and portraits of women and femme-identifying individuals around sexual assault in public spaces.
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. Jesca is a devout educator and has taught at universities and institutions across the U.S. and Asia.
As an assistant/associate director, Jesca has worked beside notable directors including David Leveaux, Marc Bruni, Scott Schwartz, and Ping Chong at various institutions and theaters across the nation. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, and an MFA in Directing from UC San Diego.
When she's not making theater, she's probably training in Muay Thai Kickboxing or cooking up a big Filipino meal.