Starting this week, Jesse will be blogging about his experiences right here! Join us in welcoming him as the 2012 Classical Fellow and get to know him, below!
JESSE JOU Originally from Houston, Jesse Jou received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama. His credits include Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, the New York International Fringe Festival, and The Kitchen Theatre Co., Ithaca, NY. He served as Artistic Director of the 2010 season of the Yale Summer Cabaret and as the Staff Repertory Director of the 2010-2011 tour of the Acting Company. Upcoming projects are Formosa at Ars Nova’s ANTFest and the spoken-word theater piece Say You Heard My Echo.
The Drama League recently announced the exceptional stage directors selected as the 2012 Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project: Knud Adams, Amy Claussen, Vesselin Dimov, Shana Gozansky, Jess Jung, Swaine Kaui, Jesse Jou, David Mendizábal, Cat Miller, Patrick Walsh, and Christopher Windom.
The eleven exceptional young stage directors, who will spend the next year as part of the award-winning program, have been accepted into five different programs of study: the New York Fall Directing Program, the Hangar Residency Program (a partnership with the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY), the Musical Directing Program (a partnership with Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA), the Classical Fellowship for Directors of Color (a partnership with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA), and the U.S./Bulgaria Stage Directors Exchange (in partnership with Art Office Sofia and New York Theatre Workshop).
The Directors Project’s Class of 2012 begins their tenure with Professionals Week, beginning May 15th, during which they will meet industry luminaries, attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and start their developmental training. They will be publicly introduced to the professional theatre community during the 78th Annual Drama League Awards on Friday, May 18 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.