J ESSICA CHEN
She is the Founder and Artistic Director of J CHEN PROJECT. She holds a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and continued her dance training in NYC at The Ailey School and Early Mosley Institute of the Arts, where she received a full scholarship.
Chen recently made her Choreographic Debut in the commercial theater world for an Off-Broadway production at the Minetta Lane Theater, West Village. She had the honor of choreographing and directing a Featured Float in the 2016 and 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In addition, she was featured in an article for both The Huffington Post and 2015 October Issue of Dance Magazine.
She has taught master classes, workshops and seminars at institutions such as Columbia University - Barnard College, Semester at Sea, Yale University, Boston University, Rosie’s Theater Kids (NYC), Do-One (Japan), Jazz DU Funk (China), Mt. Holyoke, and Orange County School of the Arts, as well as her alma mater.
Chen was honored as Keynote Speaker at Cornell University’s 2011 Celebration of Asian American Women for her work empowering female leadership within the community. She presented “If I Can Dance It, Then It’s Possible” at the 2014 TEDx organized by Semester at Sea. Chen’s choreography has been presented throughout NYC including NY Live Arts Studio Series, Brooklyn Museum of Art, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theater, DUMBO Dance Festival and Ars Nova. International and National credits include 2010 World Expo USA Pavilion in Shanghai, China and the Amnesty International Arts Festival in Washington D.C.