Jessica Wallenfels is a director/choreographer, educator and performer. She is artistic director of Many Hats Collaboration and teaches movement, devising and acting. Wallenfels is currently an MFA Candidate in Directing at the University of Portland.
Recent professional work includes direction and choreography of "The Snowstorm," a new work blending movement, theatre, and live classical music. 'Snowstorm' was included in Coho Productions 2014-2015 season and won the Drammy Award for Outstanding Production.
Selected Portland choreography credits include Portland Center Stage, Portland Playhouse, Artists Repertory Theatre, Theatre Vertigo, and Staged! She been a choreographer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for four seasons and six shows. Regional choreography includes: “Cymbeline,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Robin Hood,” “Love’s Labors Lost,” “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” and “Romeo and Juliet” (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). “Dancing at Lughnasa” (Seattle Repertory Theatre); "Sometimes a Great Notion" (Portland Center Stage); "Gracie and the Atom" (Artists Repertory Theatre); "You For Me For You" and "Light in the Piazza" (Portland Playhouse). New York: “Canard, Canard, Goose” with The Civilians (Joe’s Pub), “Speed Hedda” (La Ma Ma e.t.c.), original works at HERE Arts Center, ps 122, WAX, University Settlement, Culture Project. Los Angeles credits include the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Old Globe Theater, and The Mark Taper Forum. Other places: "Ainadamar" at Tanglewood Music Center. Wallenfels provided choreography for three shows in Cornerstone Theatre's BH Cycle including A Beautiful Country by Chay Yew, Magic Trix, adapted by Rickerby Kinds and Broken Hearts: A BH Mystery by Lisa Loomer.
Original works with Many Hats Collaboration include "The Snowstorm," “Find Me Beside You,” “Truth and Beauty,” “Rest Room,” “Mutt,” “Stages,” and “Break, Then Open.”
Educational productions include direction of “The Servant of Two Masters” at Portland State University, choreography for "Spring Awakening" at Lewis & Clark College and “The Conference of the Birds” at Willamette University, as well as directing a devised piece at Pacific University and directing/choreographing “Adding Machine, A Musical” at Willamette University; direction of "Arabian Nights" and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” at Portland Community College, Sylvania. She has taught at California State School of the Arts since 2011.
Wallenfels holds a BFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts and attended Dell’Arte International. She is a four-time Drammy Award winner for Outstanding Choreography and a PAMTA Award winner for Outstanding Choreography; Many Hats Collaboration and Coho Productions share the Drammy for Outstanding Production, 2014-2015.
Many Hats Collaboration exists to create theatrical events that enrich and illuminate the inner life of our community through live performance. Artistic director Jessica Wallenfels creates multidisciplinary projects that gather diverse audiences for shared, real-time experiences of awe, curiosity, imagination, beauty, and wonder.