Jess K. Smith is the founder and co-artistic director of ARTBARN and a freelance director who focuses on generative work, adaptations, interdisciplinary collaborations, and imaginative interpretations of classic texts. Directing credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Machinal, The Circle, This is a Ghost House, Iphigenia 2.0, The Visit, The Spectacular Demise of Platonov, and 800 Words, among many others. She has developed ensemble-generated pieces including deCOMPOSITION (New York, Seattle); EDIT (based on Franz Kafka’s writings); The Nomadic Dream Project, presented at the Prague Quadrennial; and The Pandora’s Box Project, which involved more than 60 artists and was selected for the 2015 Women Playwrights International Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa. Smith’s performance work includes collaborations with composers, sculptors, dancers, and audiences. Her work has been presented on stage across the country and on the streets of Prague. She was the cofounder of LAB, an interdisciplinary training program for Seattle artists, and she has served in several professional roles, including on the board of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, and on the advisory committee for Macha Monkey Productions. Her essay, “The Hero in the Human,” was published in the book Deja Donne: Dance in Action (Editoria & Spettacolo), and her essay “Women Directors: Language Worth Repeating” was featured on the HowlRound theater community website.
B.A, University of Puget Sound, 2005, M,F.A,, Columbia University, 2011