Education:

  • B.A., Theatre, California State University, Fresno, CA 
  • M.F.A., Acting, National Theatre Conservatory, Denver, CO 

Before COA

Originally from Utah, Jodi began her career with the Denver Center Theatre Company and subsequently worked as an actor in New York, Los Angeles and regional theatres across the country. She has studied in England and the U.S. with members of The National Theatre of Great Britain and The Royal Shakespeare Company and her work has been significantly influenced by experiences training with members of Double Edge Theatre and Rena Mirecka, a founding member of Grotowski’s Laboratory Theatre. 

Scholarly and Creative Interests

Jodi has strong interests in documentary theatre, street theatre and stranger studies. She’s produced unconventional plays in unconventional locations and developed new approaches for teaching performance skills to non-traditional students in trans-disciplinary contexts. Currently, she has collaborative relationships with the novelist Kio Stark (Stranger Studies) and Double Edge Theatre (Residency/Tour Spring 2016). Guest artists in Jodi’s classes have included Mark Hosler (Negativland), Der Vorführeffekt Theatre, Rohina Malik, Michael O’Keefe and others. Additionally, COA theatre and movement courses frequently travel to New York, Boston and elsewhere for research, performance and discussion. Last year, we were especially grateful for time spent with Brother Arnold Hadd (Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community), Kate Valk (Wooster Group), the writer Ariana Reines and members of the Belarus Free Theatre.