Jessa Brie Moreno

Moreno is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director for Studio Pathways, and has collaborated as a pedagogical advisor, instructional designer and facilitator for leading edge arts organizations and educational institutions nationwide.  Studio Pathways' projects, partners and clients include: Rise Up! An American Curriculum, The Kennedy Center, Turnaround Arts National, Othering and Belonging Curriculum for UC Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute, Racial Healing Curriculum/WKKF Foundation, Instructional Designers/Zaretta Hammond, Favianna Rodriguez' The Center for Cultural Power, the California Spoken Word Project, Turnaround Arts National CA, California Alliance for Arts Education, Hewlett Foundation, Los Angeles Education Partners, Youth Speaks, Youth In Arts, Museum of the African Diaspora, Oakland Museum of California, and County, District and School Sites. 

About

In addition, Moreno has held posts as Adjunct Faculty with the California Institute for Integral Studies (BA, MFA programs) and San Jose State University (Theatre Dept.) is a founding member of White Educators for Racial Justice (WERJ) and has facilitated with RISE for Racial Justice. Moreno (alongside Rankine-Landers) formerly co-lead the Integrated Learning Specialists' Program, professional development in and beyond Alameda County that supported transformative K-12 school change through the arts. Moreno served the California Alliance for Arts Education as a Local Advocacy Field Manager building community leadership networks for Arts Advocacy statewide. She was the founding director of both the Oakland Theatre Arts Initiative and of award-winning student theatre company OakTechRep. Jessa's directorial work has appeared in collaborations with CalShakes, Stanford, UC Davis and in Edinburgh, Scotland. Professional Awards as a performing artist include an Emmy (Motion Capture Specialist), Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Dean Goodman, and Shellie Best Actress Awards.

Moreno utilizes a stance of "creative midwifery" to assist in the ethical "birth" of transformative practices in education, arts and culture. She wrestles actively with complex lineage as a sixth-generation settler colonist to Ohlone lands, fourth generation artist, third generation activist, and mother to two young women. She is a graduate of Scuola Internazionale dell'Attore Comico in Italy, holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Inquiry from CIIS and a English Language Arts Teaching Credential. 

 

 

Moreno es cofundadora y codirectora ejecutiva de Studio Pathways y ha colaborado como asesora pedagógica, diseñadora instruccional y facilitadora para organizaciones artísticas e instituciones educativas de vanguardia en todo el país. Los proyectos, socios y clientes de Studio Pathways incluyen: el Rise Up! An American Curriculum, el Kennedy Center, el programa nacional Turnaround Arts, el programa de estudios Othering & Belonging del Othering & Belonging Institute de la UC Berkeley, Racial Healing Curriculum de la WKKF Foundation, Instructional Designers de Zaretta Hammond, el Center for Cultural Power de Favianna Rodriguez, el California Spoken Word Project, el programa Turnaround Arts en California, la California Alliance for Arts Education, la Hewlett Foundation, la Los Angeles Education Partnership, la encuesta Youth Speaks, la organización Youth In Arts, el Museum of the African Diaspora y el Oakland Museum of California, así como sitios de condados, distritos y escuelas.
 
Además, Moreno ha ocupado puestos como profesora adjunta en la California Institute for Integral Studies (en los programas de grado y posgrado de Artes) y en la San Jose State University (en el departamento de Teatro). Es miembro fundador de White Educators for Racial Justice (WERJ) y ha impartido cursos en RISE for Racial Justice. Moreno, junto a Rankine-Landers, codirigió el programa Integrated Learning Specialists, un plan de desarrollo profesional dentro y más allá del Condado de Alameda que apoyó el cambio transformador de las escuelas K-12 a través de las artes. Moreno fungió en la California Alliance for Arts Education como gerente de promoción local de campo construyendo liderazgo comunitario para la defensoría de las artes a nivel estatal. Ella fue directora y fundadora tanto de la Oakland Theatre Arts Initiative como de la premiada compañía de teatro estudiantil OakTechRep. El trabajo de dirección de Jessa ha aparecido en colaboraciones con CalShakes, Stanford, UC Davis y en Edimburgo, Escocia. Entre los honores profesionales que ha recibido como artista de interpretación están un Emmy como especialista de captura de movimientos, un premio del Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, un premio Dean Goodman y el premio Shellie a mejor actriz.
 
Moreno utiliza una postura de “partera creativa” para asistir en el “nacimiento” ético de prácticas transformativas en educación, arte y cultura. Frecuentemente se enfrenta a su complejo linaje como sexta generación de colonialistas en tierras de Ohlone, cuarta generación de artistas, tercera generación de activistas y madre de dos mujeres jóvenes. Es egresada de la Scuola Internazionale dell'Attore Comico en Italia, y tiene una maestría en artes interdisciplinarias e investigación creativa de la California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) y un título para enseñanza de artes de la lengua inglesa.

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Agenda

Oct
19
Heirlooms and Accessories: Using Arts to Look at Lineage and Narrative
Studio Pathways hosts a second arts-based interactive workshop, addressing the heirlooms and accessories that we carry and display, often unconsciously, and how to let go of the ones we no longer need and allow for healing in their place. This workshop dives into ancestral listening and activation. Come ready to engage with the past as we bridge to the future. Please bring an heirloom (doesn't have to be something from a family line), something to write on and something to write with. This workshop builds from the morning session Breaking Patterns (attendance at both sessions is not required).
Oct
19
Breaking Patterns: A visual arts-based workshop
Are you grappling with how to move the needle in addressing racial and social justice? Studio Pathways provides profound creative action to activate and embody the changes you're seeking. Known for their bridging practices for effective cultural shifts within educational and organizational spaces, Mariah and Jessa invite you to engage with Breaking Patterns. This creative experience will support you to examine personal and systemic patterns and how to create new ones through artful thinking. Please bring pieces of scrap paper for collage, something to write on and something to write with.