Jodi Essery

Educational Director,
Managing Director

Jodi is a co-founder of Montreal/Brooklyn-based international touring ensemble SaBooge Theatre, and acts as the general manager, writer and dramaturge for the company. She has been a member of the ensemble through all 6 of the company's original creations since 1999.

Jodi resides in Montreal, where she recently retired as the theatre columnist for the city's alternative weekly the HOUR. She is currently directing and co-devising poet and performer Talya Rubin's solo show The Girl With No Hands, and is Teesri Duniya Theatre's playwright in residence, collaborating with baratnatyam dancer Aparna Sindhoor on a new theatre-dance production Leaf. Jodi will soon begin work on her MFA in Creative Writing through UBC's Optional Residency Program.

A theatre and education graduate of Queen's University, Jodi has taught at the Queen's Department of Drama, and Faculty of Education, at the International School of Brussels, the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, and at the National Theatre School of Canada. As a writer she has been published in several journals in Canada including Quarry, qwerty and Canadian Forum, and is included in the anthology New Canadian Poetry. The script of SaBooge's Fathom will be published in Canadian Theatre Review in Summer 2007.