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, East West Players, The Lark, NAMT, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Space on Ryder Farm, La MaMa, Clubbed Thumb, Joe's Pub, and The Movement Theatre Company.
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 was recently named a 2021 Woman To Watch on Broadway by the Broadway Women's Fund.
She founded her company People Of Interest in 2014 to focus on new theatrical events that address community specific issues. Their 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. Most recently, they presented 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.
As an educator, she has taught workshops at numerous universities and institutions across the U.S. and Asia. Jesca was the form 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 or cooking up a big Filipino meal.
ALL RECENT WORK AT A GLANCE . . .'