Jessa Brie Moreno, Arts Now Field Manager

Jessa is the Northern California Local Advocacy Field Manager for the California Alliance for Arts Education, community organizing for advocacy and policy shifts for equity in arts education statewide. Jessa is a renowned educator, facilitator, and arts-centered instructional designer who uses compassionate inquiry to unlock people's inherent creativity. She is a sixth-generation Californian, fourth generation artist, third generation activist and mother of two young women. Jessa has been a professional theatre artist and arts educator for over twenty years. 

As Program Manager of School Transformation Through the Arts and the Integrated Learning Specialist Program out of the Alameda County Office of Education, she had the pleasure of facilitating whole-school mindset shifts. She is a founding creator of Studio Pathways for arts integration and Rise Up! An American Curriculum and has collaborated with World Trust, Zaretta Hammond, LA Educational Partners, Marin County Office of Ed and Youth Speaks/Whole Story on the Ca Spoken Word Project as Senior Pedagogical Advisor.  Moreno is ongoing Adjunct Faculty with the California Institute for Integral Studies and San Jose State University. Moreno is a founding member of White Educators for Racial Justice, 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 with Oakland Unified School District, and is known for holding story circles and using verbatim theatre to reflect our shared humanity back to ourselves.  She has a passion for the interdisciplinary art that is theatre and firing up our mirror neurons through empathetic listening. Jessa's directorial work has appeared in collaborations with CalShakes, Stanford, UC Davis and in Edinburgh, Scotland. A Bay Area resident since 1997, she has directed for Crowded Fire, TheatreFIRST, San Jose Stage Co., Marin Theatre Co school tour, the reading series at SF Playhouse, Playground at Berkeley Rep, and as Asst. Director at CalShakes. In 2011 she developed, directed and produced the critically acclaimed The Last Night of the Barbary Coast at Somarts in SF. As an actor she performed with A.C.T., Marin Theatre Company, Aurora, TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage Co., SFShakes, and CenterRep, among others. 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, holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Inquiry from CIIS and a English Language Arts Teaching Credential. 

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