JESS AMY SHEAD immigrated to Canada from South Africa when she was two years old. She is an actor, creator, producer, and arts administrator, with a focus on site-specific micro-performance, puppetry, theatre for young audiences, physical theatre, and musical theatre. She has created her own work, most recently The Somewhere Cedar, which was co-presented at the rEvolver Festival by Upintheair Theatre and The Only Animal. She has worked as an actor at The Globe Theatre, Pacific Theatre, Chemainus Theatre, The Gateway Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, and Theatre SKAM, among others. She is the co-recipient of two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards in the Theatre for Young Audiences category with The Little Onion Puppet Company for Freddie in the Neighbourhood, and a Vancouver Fringe Artistic Risk Award for her augmented reality film Portability in the Dareu! program with The Only Animal. She completed her fifth year as Artist Services Coordinator at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and was the Artist Services Coordinator for Full Circle First Nations Performance’s Talking Stick Festival for one year.Jess was the Community Engaged Producing Intern with Playwrights Theatre Centre, and learned more about ASL/English Theatre in Canada, and working with Deaf artists, by studying ASL and attending Deaf theatre conferences and festivals.