Jess Thorpe, Associate Director (Engage)

Jess Thorpe is an Associate Director (Engage) of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre. She has worked in Scotland and internationally for over 16 years making new performance work with communities and individuals with an emphasis on autobiography and social engagement. She is also co-Artistic Director of the creative partnership Glass Performance through which she also developed long term initiatives such young people's performance company Junction 25 and Polmont Youth Theatre, the first youth theatre in a Scottish prison. In 2015 Junction 25 won a CATS Whiskers for an outstanding contribution to Scottish theatre.

Alongside this work, she is currently part-time Lecturer in the Arts in Justice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she designs and delivers creative projects in prisons and with communities affected by crime. She is a founder and trustee of Justice and Arts Scotland (formally SPAN) an organisation dedicated to developing creative work in Scottish prisons and post-release. Jess is an artist and consultant with the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA), where she has led projects across the world.

Jess has published a large number of articles around the use of the Arts in socially engaged contexts and in 2019 released her first book 'A Beginners Guide to Devising Theatre' co-written with her long time collaborator Tashi Gore for Bloomsbury.