Jesse Bliss, Founder and Artistic Director of The Roots and Wings Project (www.therootsandwingsproject.com) is an actress, writer, director, producer, poetess and MC whose works have been produced and performed around the world. Jesse’s writings for the stage include Diamonds,performed at UCLA in collaboration with dance legend Rennie Harris; Roots and Wings, The Play, performed in New York and San Francisco; Between Fingertips performed at Central Juvenile Hall and CASA 0101, and performance appearances at the United Nations on International Women’s Day and the Edinburgh Festival. The full-length play, Tree of Fire had a site-specific Reading @ Lincoln Heights Jail, an excerpt performance at Los Angeles’s Theatre of Note, and a large-scale fundraiser(Ig*nite)at S.P.A.R.C. @ The Old Jail in Venice. IGNITE featured 20 performers, an excerpt performance of the play, and an art gallery exhibition. Jesse has performed leading roles at CASA 0101 including You Don’t Know Me, Hoop Girls, Heart on a Wire and Between Fingertips as well as hosting the CASA 0101 Poetry Slam. She has also performed in The Vagina Monologues and countless other theatrical productions, with extensive work in radio and lead roles in independent film. Jesse is an Arts Education veteran, with extensive experience writing curriculum and teaching Theater and Creative Writing to underserved and incarcerated youth. She was awarded a Flourish Foundation grant for partnership with J.U.I.C.E. for the Roots and Wings Project Theater Program. Currently Miss Bliss is writing a site-specific play, A Record of Light opening at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles October 2011.
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