Academic profile - mentoring and lecturing


 Photograph Ruth Crafer

Jessica has just been appointed as Lecturer in Professional Development at the Royal Academy of Music.

She is also currently a visiting research fellow  at Leeds University, having recently been awarded her doctorate there, with commendation. She undertook practice-led research into 'the singer-actor as creator and collaborator: a model for performer-led new music theatre works'. Her research was carried out with the support of a bursary from the School of PCI at the University of Leeds. Her 2015 teaching/ lecturing has included seminars and master-classes at the University of Melbourne, the Melbourne Conservatorium, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2013 she was module creator and leader for 'the performance project' for third year undergraduate Vocal and Choral Studies BA, Winchester University.

She has given papers at two International Song, Stage and Screen conferences - in Winchester in 2010 and in Kansas City in 2012. Also in 2012 she gave a workshop presentation at the Reflective Conservatoire Conference at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and papers at the Leeds University conference, The Theory, Practice and Business of Opera Today, and at the Psi Performance and Philosophy working group conference.

Her article, 'The Girl I Left Behind Me: the disjunction between vocal and visual performance in male impersonation', appears in the Intellect journal, Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol 6:1. Her forthcoming article, 'The creative/ collaborative process in industry: aesthetics, agency and pragmatism', will appear in a specialist issue of Studies in Musical Theatre in 2018, edited by David Roesner.

Jessica works as a mentor for several organisations, including recent and forthcoming work with the Jerwood opera-writing scheme at Aldeburgh Music and the CoLab collaborative practice scheme at Trinity Laban.