Jessica Barry named Education Associate

Zuppa Theatre Co is pleased to name Jessica Barry as our Education Associate at Armbrae Academy.

Jessica is well-known to the Armbrae community, co-directing the annual Shakespeare Festival and writing and directing adaptations of The Never Ending Story, Mary Poppins, A Little Princess and Anne of Green Gables for grades primary-6. This year, Jessica will take the reigns of the senior school drama program, and, under the guidance of Artistic Director Ben Stone, will lead the creation/development of the senior school main stage show. We are very excited for the senior school students to get a chance to work more closely with Jessica!

Jessica is an actor, writer, director and teacher based in Halifax Nova Scotia. She is a founding member of Once Upon a Theatre Collective and with the company has created the original works Some Sunny Day, (Fringe Hit Award at the 2012 Atlantic Fringe Festival),11:11,andWaltz of the Fae. She has starred in Once Upon A Halifax premieres of On the Verge and According to Plan, and has produced, written, and acted for the company’s beloved ‘short play nights’ (Once Upon a Solstice, Once Upon A’pocalypse etc). Recently, Jessica has acted in The Villain’s Theatre’s Gallathea and originated the role of Raven in Andrea Dymond’s Fault Lines. Her work in 11:11 earned her a Best Supporting Actress award at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival, and she was nominated for a Robert Merritt award for her work in Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig (produced by Plutonium Playhouse).

Currently, her artistic work is focused on her partnership with Zuppa Theatre as Education Associate at Armbrae Academy. Since 2010, Jessica’s major focus has been working with young theatre artists across the province and beyond. In July 2014 she directed Stabback Music Studio’s production of Peter Pan in Ottawa, as well as running musical theatre performance workshops and dramaturging new plays by young Ontario writers. Her work at Neptune Theatre mentoring young actors and assistant directing productions including 13! (The Musical), Avenue Q and Jane Eyre have been fantastic and enlightening experiences.