Jessica Jordan-Wrench

Writer & Creative Producer

Level
Mid Level
Location
Margate, United Kingdom
Availability
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Professions
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Projects

About me

Over the last 10 years, I’ve carved out an eclectic career in the arts, as co-director of the Tom Thumb (2013-2017) and Dot Dash (2009-ongoing), alongside freelance work as a curator (International Festival of Projections, 2016), creative producer (Margate Festival, 2015), co-producer (Looping the Loop, 2013-2016) and arts journalist (including, PlayGround, Stool Pigeon, Exeunt). Dot Dash is the collaboration between Eoin Furbank and I. Together we make noisy theatre, live and installation art. Please see www.dotdashhq.com for more info. The Tom Thumb is one of the smallest theatres in the world, yet we built a reputation nationally as a creative hub for live arts, feeding into Margate’s rapidly changing cultural landscape. We welcomed a diverse range of acclaimed artists, implanted a successful ACE funded residency programme and engaged and empowered local audiences. Last year, I moved on from Tom Thumb (after securing excellent successors!) to concentrate on my freelance work.

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Skills

  • Sub-editing
  • Production
  • Art
  • Copywriting
  • Art Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Production Management
  • Art Events
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Curating

Companies I’ve worked with

  • D

    Dot Dash

    • Design
  • F

    Freelance

    • I

      International Festival of Projections

      • T

        Tom Thumb Theatre

        Work history

        Currently

        Artist

        Dot Dash

        Jan 2010
        • Margate, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • “Experimental theatre with a rock’n’roll style ... what dot dash do is daring and different, but they do it so well” ★★★★ Broadway Baby. dot dash are noisy theatre company. We celebrate immediacy, presenting ambitious, cutting- edge performance, driven by a powerfully DIY attitude. We aim to capture the imagination of non-theatregoers, challenging perceptions and blurring the boundaries between artistic disciplines. Key works include: • Passing Phase: 24 lights. 24 loops. 24 minutes. A dazzling ode to chaos, performed on a big wheel. • Future Signals: A morse code conversation between the University of Kent and the city of Canterbury, led by Canterbury Cathedral, using dazzling beams of light from signal lamps. • And Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out: a raucous love story about attraction and entropy, astrophysics via boy meets girl. The show was created alongside an astrophysicist and performed in a furniture depository in Clilftonville, Margate. • (in)habit: a multi-disciplinary arts event in an out-of-use cinema, featuring a skate ramp with movement responsive projections, interventions, installations, DJs, VJs and a glitter cannon. • Chaika Casino: a durational, interactive piece set in a Soviet era casino in a 3,000 sq ft office behind Selfridges, London.

        Currently

        Writer

        Freelance

        Feb 2009
        • Margate, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • I am a freelance music journalist, writing reviews, interviews and articles for various magazines and online publications. These include The Quietus, Playground (who I was on staff for 2010-12), Stool Pigeon and No-Wave. Recent work includes interviews with Michael Gira, Daniel Johnston, Interpol, Van Dyke Parks and Bikini Kill.

        2017

        Feb 2013 - Apr 2017
        • Margate, United Kingdom
        • Full Time
        • The Tom Thumb Theatre is one of the smallest theatres in the world; a converted Victorian Coach house, complete with 50 velvet seats, flocked wallpaper and a cocktail bar upstairs. Key responsibilities and achievements include: • Producing, co-producing, programming and commissioning a full and varied programme of events, featuring theatre, film, music and comedy. • Nurturing and developing partnerships with peer organisations. • Building relationships with internationally recognised artists and implementing an Arts Council and Kent County Council funded residency programme for them to develop new work. • Building relationships with internationally recognised organisations, whose work we regularly host. • Building relationships with local artists and organisations, to stage regular events that engage and empower the local community. • Managing the day to day running of the building, including the bar, box office and front of house. • Managing the budget. • Developing press and marketing campaigns, including the website, eflyers and brochures.

        2016

        Sep 2011 - Apr 2016
        • Canterbury, United Kingdom
        • Freelance
        • curated a cross-discipline arts festival at the University of Kent, under the umbrella theme of ‘Projections’. The festival illuminated ground-breaking research with a bold, adventurous programme of world-class work (including Yoko Ono, Jan Dunn and Tom Vek). It aimed to ignite conversation, between artists and academics, the City and the campus, the University and the wider community. Responsibilities included commissioning new works, as well as discovering and programming existing pieces; facilitating relationships and projects between partner schools and academic schools, artists, academics, the University and external partners; acting as an ambassador for the festival and the University, via press interviews and at events. We staged 80 events across 3 days, welcoming an estimated 4500 visits to the campus and satellite venues. The festival featured .dash’s morse code conversation between the University and the Cathedral using huge beams of light from signal lamps (pictured) and a live score to a drive-in movie by the acclaimed Japanese band Bo Ningen.