Jes was introduced to the performing arts at the age of thirteen by her father, an on air radio personality in CT. She has over seventeen years of on-stage experience and pursued her BA in performance at HOFSTRA University before transferring back to CT to complete her degree at Western Connecticut State University. While attending she also studied separate minor concentrations in directing and costuming. Jes was nominated for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival awards several times; once for acting, once for costuming and once for hair and make-up design. Winning regionally for her hair and make-up design granted her the opportunity to compete nationally in Washington DC. Where she was able to work a wig and hair and make-up professional from Saturday Night Live.
has been fortunate enough to travel overseas to perform at the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has participated in several NYC
productions and multiple summer stock Shakespearean Festivals in
Connecticut and the surrounding NY area. Most recently she has been
performing in regional theatre productions throughout Long Island,
directing theatre for young audiences and has spent her last few
summers performing at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Arena Players
Summer Shakespeare Festivals. Having been exposed to many styles of
theatre from classical and experimental to puppetry and commedia
del'arte she values artistic exploration.
Jes has also had the opportunity to work on several short films, independent films and large scale film productions as a performer.Most recently, she was disheartened to notice a severe gender gap pertaining to female directors, writers, female comedians and higher management positions within the theatre community in Long Island... and just about everywhere else. She admits to knowing less than a handful of female directors and she knows even less female playwrights and screenwriters. She was raised to feel as though her gender should never be something that interfere's with her ambition or her voice. Noticing this the lack of opportunity for female directors, lack of female voice within the local playwriting community, lack of quality female roles and roles available to women to begin with and saw an opportunity for change. She also noted the need for more social awareness in regard to women's issues and history as a whole and approached longtime friend and colleague Megan Dehey and together they created “Spark Creative Works Inc”; a theatre and production company dedicated to empowering women in creative leadership roles within the performing arts & entertainment community. We seek to inspire the female voice through playwriting & comedy, we seek to advance the quality of roles for female performers, and we seek to inspire women to step into directorial and management positions within our artistic community. We also look to educate our community on women's issues and history while lending support to causes that support these ideals. Lets spark the conversation!
Vice President/Artistic Director | B.A. Dance & Exercise | Doctorate in Physical Therapy
Megan started out her performing arts career in dance at the age of three and began performing in community theater at the age of five. She attended formal dance training at the Eglevsky Ballet School and American Theater Dance Workshop while venturing into the city on weekends to attend Broadway Dance Center and attending summer workshops at both the Ailey School and the Martha Graham School. She graduated with honors from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in Dance and Exercise Science.
Following college, Megan gathered valuable theater experience, She has performed in regional theater throughout Long Island and NYC and has choreographed regional theater productions of Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Westside Story, and Once Upon a Mattress.
Megan has had the opportunity to work as resident choreographer for Broadhollow Theatre Co.'s TYA program at the Elmont Public Library location for several seasons. While working with Broadhollow she also co-directed, choreographed and taught musical theatre for their children's classes, working with children ages 5-16 years of age.
Driven by her interest in human movement and helping those around her Megan recently took a break from performing in order to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy. She currently practices as a pediatric physical therapist working with children ages 3-21 with intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and autism.
As someone who has been around the Long Island theater scene for a while now, she hopes that this company is able to raise consciousness, raise awareness and “spark” a conversation about female voices in the performing arts. As an educator, she hopes that this group inspires young people to get involved in theater and the arts. As a member of the health care community, she hopes that she can help make arts based therapies more available to those who could truly benefit from them. Megan also holds a 200-hour teacher training certification in yoga, a certification in strength and conditioning and a level 1 certification in USA Weightlifting, because a girl’s got to stay strong and busy!
fell in love with the theatrical process early on; her siblings will
tell you that she always had a dramatic side, and so a career in
theatre was inevitable. She hails from a small town in the hills of
Western Maryland. Her passion was ignited early on when she was
accepted into her high school's show choir; the Sentinel Sounds. She
was excited to be a part of the elite singing and dancing group that
brought her lifetime friends and the desire to study theatre
performance at the college level.
Following high school Jackie had the great privilege to follow her passion by pursuing her BFA in performing arts with a concentration in Stage Management at Marietta College. While there, her mentor introduced her to technical theatre and she found out that her talents shine behind the scenes as well. She found her element while being immersed in all levels of production from directing one acts to managing one of the of the largest scale musicals produced within her time at Marietta. One of her proudest achievements while there was earning the first “Excellence in Theatre” award (Roland T. Loreman award and scholarship) from the department in just her freshman year!
After completing her BFA Jackie held a Stage Manager residential internship with Lexington Children’s Theater of Kentucky. While there, she worked on professional productions as well as community children’s productions. She also had the great opportunity of working with their touring company.
After completing her internship she returned home to Maryland where she worked with theatre troupes and collaborated with local artists and friends to create Broadway reviews in a local park amphitheater. Throughout the yearly reviews her contributions varied from performer, stage manager, company management, set crew and many more. In addition Jackie continued her love of dance she is proud to have been an original member of the award winning competing dance troupe, Chorevo.
Secretary & Director of Community Outreach |
Performer & Acting Coach | Musical Artist
Nikki Silva is a Vocal and Acting Coach at The Actors Workshop. She is the Director and Founder of The Exceptional Pageant, a beauty pageant for individuals with developmental disabilities. Nikki is also the lead singer and songwriter of "The Big Happy," a rock/funk/reggae band. Nikki Silva has numerous film, TV, and producer credits.
She is on the board of directors at "Theatre Out Of Bounds," a theatre company based out of Studio Theatre, Long Island. She supports many charities and organizations, as freshly appointed Secretary for "Spark Creative Works" she is thrilled for the opportunity to pave the way for female performers, writers and director's from Long Island.