Jessica Noel began ballet classes at age 3 and creative dramatics at age 5. Thanks to supportive parents who facilitated her love of all things theatrical, she was able to study dance, theatre and music throughout her entire childhood.In 2001, Jessica was awarded an education internship with one of the top community theatres in the U.S.: ALT. Here, she studied direction, choreography and children’s theatrical design under Artistic Director Alan Shankles, Education Director Sara Youngblood-Ochoa, and Choreographer Catherine Grimes. While at ALT, Jessica adapted and directed Jack and the Beanstalk for 5-8 year-olds, directed Ground Zero Club for middle-school students, and assistant directed Bridge to Terabithia for elementary-school students. She also acted in over a dozen ALT Main Stage and Academy productions.
Upon graduating from high school, Jessica worked as a dance instructor while attending Texas A&M University where she earned a B.A. in Performance Studies with an emphasis in playwriting, dance, social-reform theatre, and physical theatre. Highlights of her college experience include choreographing and co-producing the music for Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, teaching contemporary ballet classes for TAMU’s Dance Arts Society, and appearing onstage as Nina in the university’s production of Chekov’s The Seagull.
In 2006, Jessica’s Creative Dramatics for Dancers curriculum was published by Rhee Gold’s Dance Studio Life. She also began writing custom curriculum for dance studios interested in incorporating musical theatre classes.
After moving to Philadelphia in 2009, Jessica worked as a Teaching Artist for Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP), and she also acted with Master Builder Productions at Plays and Players in Rittenhouse Square.
In 2011, Jessica started Performance Art Club for Kids (P.A.C.K.) as an afterschool musical theatre program at Meredith Elementary. She adapted and directed The Velveteen Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland, and Jack in the Beanstalk for P.A.C.K.’s 56 students. Combining dancing, acting, and music curriculum with a love for performance art, Jessica strives to instill a passion in her students, as well as a positive outlook on life. Her motto is “art reflects life, and life is beautiful!”
Jessica is a mother to a seven-year-old son and wife to a supportive, brilliant husband. They live in Philadelphia with their black lab. In her spare time, Jessica gardens.