Jessa Brie Moreno
Jessa Brie Moreno is a renowned facilitator who utilizes creative inquiry to unlock people's inherent creativity, transform power disparities, and embody our most ancient and futuristic narratives for a better world. She wrestles actively with complex lineage as a sixth-generation settler colonist to California, fourth generation artist, third generation activist, daughter of a single mother and mother to two young women.
Moreno has been a professional theatre artist and arts-based educator for over twenty-five years. She is co-founder of Studio Pathways (for Inquiry, Reconciliation, Art, Love and Liberation) and founding collaborator on Rise Up! An American Curriculum.
Moreno has collaborated with Youth Speaks/Whole Story on the Ca Spoken Word Project as Senior Pedagogical Advisor and has served as the Local Advocacy Field Manager for the California Alliance for Arts Education, community organizing for advocacy and policy shifts for arts education statewide. She has held posts as Adjunct Faculty with the California Institute for Integral Studies (BA, MFA programs) and San Jose State University (Theatre) and is a founding member of White Educators for Racial Justice (WERJ) , a study group for decentering and disrupting bias in the classroom. She was the founding director of award-winning student theatre company OakTechRep and the Oakland Theatre Arts Initiative. Jessa's directorial work has appeared in collaborations with CalShakes, Stanford, UC Davis and in Edinburgh, Scotland. Professional Awards include an Emmy (Motion Capture Specialist), Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Dean Goodman, and Shellie Best Actress Awards. She is a graduate of Scuola Internazionale dell'Attore Comico in Italy and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Inquiry from CIIS and a English Language Arts Teaching Credential.