Performance technique, collaboration, creative direction & production applied to team building, creative strategizing and cultural innovation for businesses and not-for profits.
Private or group classes to develop skills in public speaking, story composition, collaboration, voice coaching, and creative self-expression.
MFA Equivalent, Jacques Lecoq International School of Physical Theatre, 2011
B.A Theatre & Anthropology, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2008 cum laude
Additional Studies: Nessa studied Architecture & Movement at the Laboratory of Movement Study with Krikor Belekian (Paris). Nessa studied directing with Peter Brooks, Diane Paulus and David Neumann. She practiced the Vocal Integration Technique with Patrick Wickham for 4 years, during which she studied Musical Theater Performance with Billy Porter. Nessa has also studied physical theater with John Wright, Knee High & Body Opera (Viewpoints).
Nessa applies over a decade of training in following techniques: Collaborative Devising, Physical Theater (mask, clown, physical comedy, melodrama), Viewpoints, Improvisation, Scene Study, Voice training, Architectural Gesture, Public Speaking
HBO's High Maintenance
Produced a morning dance party for an episode in new season. Guest starred as herself in the episode.
Gravity, Columbus, OH - Programming and Marketing Strategy Consultant
The Alchemist's Kitchen - Chief Events Curator & Programming Manager
The Assemblage - Advisor to Director of Programming
Bacharach Leadership Group
Wrote and directed training video for their managers.
Marta Pascual Barea
Creative consultation for new company School of Wonder.
The Beam Center
Creative consultation for reimagining their after school program.
Sies Marjan (Video)
Coached model and assisted Director Kacper Kasprzyk
Casting for industrial commercial.
Shine On in Schools (Ongoing)
Nessa is the co-founder and facilitator of this initiative to bring somatic healing through dance to public elementary school students in NYC.
On Location Tours (Ongoing)
Introductory Acting for high school students visiting New York City with a focus on film media.
World Muse Course at Barnard College (2012/2013)
Based on the fundamentals of the Laboratory of Movement Study (Paris), Nessa guided the students through the transposition of character attributes into color and form. Together they created masks from recycled materials and learned to bring them to life in a live interactive performance.
Children's Theater Company (2012-2013)
This organization teaches children to be great performers and great activists. Nessa has had the pleasure of teaching and directing children ages 5-18 in original musicals that advocate for racial tolerance, equality and global peace. Back for her second season, Nessa will be adapting a new curriculum for professional acting training for children.
Tremor Theater Collective
Nessa began a collective to bring together professional actors and artists from different mediums and circles. Nessa instructed the group in exercises which open up the imagination, hone improvisation, and engage the body. She also facilitated the sharing of styles and vocabulary to ultimately build a company.
LGBTQ Vocal Workshop
Nessa worked with the cast of Vagina Monologues towards undoing tension that builds up in adult bodies, thereby releasing the deepest and strongest voice of the individual performer.
PRIVATE AUDITION PREPARATION FOR MASTERS PROGRAM