School of Theatre, Television and Film


Jesca Prudencio

Assistant Professor

Office: DA 212


Jesca Prudencio is a director, choreographer, and community based artist. She is dedicated to developing new theatrical works that humanize issues and explore the tension between cultures. She focuses on new plays, documentary theater, and dance theater works in regionally,  and internationally.  Favorite credits include Vietgone and Actually at San Diego Repertory Theatre, How To Use A Knife at Mixed Blood, and Romulus Kilgore’s Mobile Happiness Bazaar at La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival.  Jesca as developed new work at The Kennedy Center, East West Players, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Space on Ryder Farm, La MaMa, and Joe’s Pub. She is the recipient of the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange at the Old Vic, The Drama League Fall Fellowship, the first The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship, and an Artist-In-Resident at the Performance Project at University Settlement in Manhattan.

As former Education Director and current Associate Artist/ Lead Trainer for Ping Chong + Company, she has worked as a writer, director, and associate on a dozen interdisciplinary and documentary theater projects across the U.S., including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, BAM, and The Smithsonian. Jesca is a devout educator and has taught at universities and institutions across the U.S. and Asia.

She founded her company People Of Interest in 2014 to focus on new theatrical events that address community specific issues. Their production of Campo Maldito was a NYTimes Fringe Festival Pick in NYC and nominated for Best Guest production by Theatre Bay Area Awards in San Francisco. FAN: stories from the brothels of Bangkok focused on humanizing people working in Thailand’s infamous sex industry, and performed to a sold out audience this past spring.  A&Q: a documentary theater piece on the big issue shed light on people who are directly affected by the war on drugs in the Philippines, and Nohing is a documentary dance theater piece focused on sexual assault in public spaces.

Jesca has worked beside notable directors, including David Leveaux, Marc Bruni, Scott Schwartz, and Ping Chong at various institutions and theaters across the nation. The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship supported her travels through Thailand, Japan, and The Philippines throughout 2017 as she researched and trained in traditional and contemporary forms of theater in each country. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, and an MFA in Directing from UC San Diego.

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