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Jess K. Smith

JESS K SMITH is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at The University of Puget Sound, the Artistic Director of ARTBARN, and a freelance director. She focuses on generative work, adaptations, new play development, interdisciplinary collaborations, and imaginative interpretations of classic texts. Her work has been seen on the stages of Playwrights Horizons, Seattle Repertory Theatre, On the Boards, 3LD, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, The Riverside Theatre, Dixon Place, Miller Theatre, on the

streets of Prague, and elsewhere. Her essay, “The Hero in the Human” was published in the book Deja Donne: Dance in Action, published by Editoria & Spettacolo. She is an alumna of the University of Puget Sound where she earned a double major in Theatre and Psychology. She received her MFA in Directing at Columbia University under the guidance of Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick. (


Women Directors

Women Directors

Language Worth Repeating

5 March 2014

Director Jess K. Smith investigates women directors' use of language in theatre and calls for a revolution of women's use of language that is not apologetic, dominating, or rooted in fear.