Jessica Chen is Artistic Director of J CHEN PROJECT, a 501c3 non-profit formed in 2008. This year JCP is celebrating 10 Years as a Modern Dance Company based in
New York City.
Jessica uses movement as a vehicle to heal wounds, share stories and better understand our human existence. The visceral experience of witnessing a moving body can elicit a profound sense of empathy and she believes that empathy is vital in navigating today’s cultural landscape.
In 2013, she made a miraculous journey back to the stage after suffering a horrific car accident, which rendered her in a coma for 13 days after eight hours of brain surgery. She shares her story and fight to live through her work as a
choreographer, speaker, 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 at The Ailey School and Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts.
Her choreography credits include Off-Broadway Minetta Lane Theater (2016), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (2015, 2016), Ai Weiwei: The Seed for Brooklyn Museum (2014), TEDx Semester at Sea (2014), Cornell University’s
Celebration of Asian American Women (2011), World Expo – USA Pavilion in Shanghai, China (2010) and Amnesty International Arts Festival in Washington
She has taught master classes, workshops and seminars at institutions such as Semester at Sea, Yale, Boston University, Rosie’s Theater Kids, 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. Chen includes her thoughts on “Identity and Marketing in the World of Social Media” as a featured
chapter contributor of a new book called A Life In Dance: A Practical Guide. WWW.JCHENPROJECT.COM