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, film, and dance theater in New York, regionally, and internationally. Jesca has developed new work at The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, East West Players, The Lark, NAMT, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Space on Ryder Farm, La MaMa, Joe's Pub, and The Movement Theatre Company.
Jesca is the recipient of several fellowships including being 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 was recently named a 2021 Woman To Watch on Broadway by the Broadway Women's Fund.
She has a passion for pushing boundaries to what theatre can be by experimenting in documentary theatre, performance art, and immersive theatre. Her 2019 production A&Q: a documentary theater performance shed light on people who are directly affected by the war on drugs in the Philippines, and their 2018 piece Nohing used dozens of stories and portraits of women and femme-identifying individuals around sexual assault in public spaces. She directed and choreographed PDA as part of the 2019 La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, exploring the relationships of three real couples and how they love out loud. Jesca is currently developing an immersive happening for Virgin Voyages newest cruise ship The Resilient Lady.
As an educator, she has taught workshops and courses at numerous universities and institutions across the U.S. and Asia. Jesca was the former Education Director at Ping Chong + Company, where she 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 currently on faculty as Head of Directing at San Diego State University. 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, dancing bachata, or cooking up a big Filipino meal.
ALL RECENT WORK AT A GLANCE . . .'