Jessie Jeanne Stinnett
choreographer • climate reality leader

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Jessie Jeanne Stinnett is an American choreographer, as well as a Climate Reality Leader trained by former US Vice President Al Gore. Currently she serves as the founder and co-artistic director of Boston Dance Theater (BDT). Her work is an effort to build more sustainable and equitable futures in process, practice and performance. Jessie's choreography is designed to provide a platform for conversation, community, and collective processing of existential threats by translating complex socio-political issues into embodied experience. 


More importantly, she crafts programming that includes and uplifts the communities she works within and facilitates rehearsal spaces that honor the unique physicalities and diverse perspectives of the artists that she works alongside. Jessie works to meaningfully engage and directly support those communities most impacted by the issues that her choreographic work probes. This includes offering performances at low or no cost in accessible spaces (including public parks) and inclusive community-centered process (open rehearsals, community conversations).

Her largest project to date, SURGE, is a multi-phase collaboration that intertwines dance, science, and climate activism. Alongside Dr. Larry Pratt and a team of dancers, She has created a performance piece that sources material from current climate science, personal stories about the ocean, and climate activism practices. Alongside the development of this performance, Jessie created and facilitated the SURGE Fellowship: a paid residency program designed for BIPOC artists living in those communities that have been most impacted by sea level rise.


She received a BFA in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA in Creative Practice: Dance Professional Pathway from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, in conjunction with Independent Dance/Siobhan Davies Dance. Most notably Jessie has performed for the Metropolitan Opera, Tate Britain (UK), Prometheus Dance, Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Vienna), The Boston Baroque Opera, and Bard College’s SummerScape Festival. 


Her choreographic work has been described by Hannah Chanatry of WBUR as “conceptually driven performance that unpacks the complexities of being female, and pushes the academic boundaries of choreography” and has been sustained in part by grants from The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and Mellon Foundation, NH State Council for the Arts, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, The Boston Foundation with support from The Barr Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Assets4Artists at MASS MoCA, and Fidelity Charitable. 


Some of Jessie’s recent teaching and choreography credits include: Seattle International Dance Festival, The Trustees of Reservations, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, TEDxCambridge, Boston Ballet School, Dean College, Keene State University, Providence College, Endicott College, Goethe Institut Boston, Museum of Fine Arts with Jewish Arts Collaborative, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and Emmanuel Music. She is the recipient of the 2020 Boston Dancemakers Residency grant award and was the 2020 Choreographer in Residence at Boston Center for the Arts and Boston Dance Alliance.