Jess Pillmore is Co-Artistic Director of the revolutionary arts education company, Creatively Independent, as well as a published author "Creatively Independent: Life on Your Terms with Play, Community, and Awareness." CI's mission to use the essentials of the performing arts to teach and create cutting-edge work with artists of all ages and skill levels, in the US and Europe, has been recognized by the NEA and featured on CBS Evening News.
Jess is an award-winning director/choreographer (Off-Broadway-educational), recording singer-songwriter, and artistic explorations include three nationally released folk rock albums, a short collaborative film with HitRECord screened at Sundance Festival 2012, an upcycled knitwear line, A Second Chance, featured in national magazines and a folk rock musical "It's All Right Now".
Jess has had the honor of studying with cutting-edge artists in their field: Seth Godin, Kathleen Marshall, Susan Schulman, Gregory Hines, Pilobolus, Kira Obolensky and Liz Lerman. Degrees: Goddard College (MFA Interdisciplinary Arts '14 expected), FSU (BA Theatre w/ Dance Minor '97).
Areas of Expertise
Dance, Arts Education, Theater Arts, Songwriting and composing, Creativity (Individual and Group), Producer (dance, theater, music), Consulting, Education & Development
An idea worth spreading
The arts are a necessity in progressive education allowing us to feel, tap into experiential learning, empathy, vulnerability, risk taking, and self observation.
I'm passionate about
Arts education, innovation, failing gloriously, developing community, and discovering the power of the individual inside a strong ensemble
Talk to me about
Creative solutions, Arts Education and Tapping into our Intuition