Jessica Mensah is a Director from North West London. In 2019, she graduated with a BA(Hons) in Theatre & Performance from the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey. She is currently enrolled on Stonecrabs Theatre Young Directors Training Programme, as well as being, the Chair for Purple Moon Drama’s Digital Youth Board and a Trustee for Metroland Culture.
Jessica has directed work for : RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art ), the National eTheatr, Theatre503 and Omnibus Theatre. She did a Regional Theatre Young Directors Three-Month Placement Scheme with tiata fahodzi as part of the Artistic Director’s leadership programme in 2019. Jessica has also worked as an Assistant Director and on outreach programmes for venues such as: Talawa, Theatre Peckham, Nouveau Riche, and Soho Theatre.
From 2017- 2018, she embarked on a year-long placement with Kiln Theatre, working within the Creative Learning department. This landed her opportunities such as : interviewing Daniel Kaluuya for a Q&A event at Kiln Theatre, training on the Young Vic’s Introduction to Directing Course and Battersea Arts Centre's Young Producers Programme.
As a Director, Jessica is interested in new writing, spoken word, poetry, and short films. She is fascinated with the emotive, transformative, and imaginative power of storytelling. Her work is driven by stories that explore socio-political issues that spark conversation, and she is passionate about championing voices from the Black diaspora.
In addition to her work as a Director, Jessica is also passionate about nurturing talent and creating opportunities for emerging artists to thrive. She has worked closley with Brent to support arts and culture in the borough, as London’s Borough of Culture for 2020 and has worked with cultural Art & Executive leaders such as Lois Stonock and Indhu Rubasingham.
As an interviewer, Jessica has interviewed artists and leaders in the performing arts world such as: Kwame Kwei -Armah, Jessica L. Hagan and Ryan Calais Cameron for research and interviewed Black key workers for Talawa’s Tales from the Frontline project. Jessica hosted a discussion on Black woman’s natural hair for #WOKEWeekly; an organisation which facilitates debates and discussions centred around and beyond Black communities. She was also recognised by #WOKEWeekly as the 13th candidate for their #BlackExcellence series.
In her writing, Jessica tends to reflect on the Black female experience, culture, faith and today’s society. Her work Akosua in her room was published in the Power of One Stories from Lockdown audio book, compiled by Lita Doolan, 2020.
Jessica is fond of reading scripts for the next potential play and is keen to meet new creatives to collaborate on projects. Feel free to get in touch.