Jessica Wallenfels is a director/choreographer, educator and performer who has been creating and producing original theatrical performance in Los Angeles, New York City and Portland since 1997.
She choreographed “Love’s Labors Lost” for the 2011 Oregon Shakespeare Festival season, where she has also choreographed “Romeo and Juliet” and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.” In 2010 she directed and choreographed original works “Find Me Beside You” and “Truth and Beauty” with Many Hats Collaboration. She most recently choreographed and performed in "Famished" at Portland Playhouse with the Fertile Ground Festival 2012.
Regional choreography: Dancing at Lughnasa (Seattle Repertory Theatre) The 39 Steps, Sometimes A Great Notion, The Beard of Avon, Twelfth Night (Portland Center Stage); Gracie and the Atom, Distracted (Artists Repertory Theatre) as well as works at Tanglewood Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Old Globe Theater, and The Mark Taper Forum. New York: The Civilians (Joe’s Pub), Speed Hedda (La Ma Ma e.t.c.), HERE Arts Center, ps 122, WAX, University Settlement, Culture Project.
Wallenfels has been a teaching artist with Willamette University, Portland Community College Sylvania, Portland Actors Conservatory, California State School of the Arts, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Northwest Children’s Theatre, and Northwest Academy.
She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and attended Dell’Arte International. She is a two-time Drammy Award winner for Outstanding Choreography and a PAMTA Award winner for Outstanding Choreography.
Photo by Peter Konerko