Jessica Hoolsema  |  Breakout Session

Jessica joins Frannie Shepherd-Bates and Nichole Frederick for a breakout session called "Defying Conventions: Artists in Prison (and Beyond)"

About this session: Why Shakespeare? What’s in it for these incarcerated women? When you bring yourself -- past, present, and future -- to a role, how relevant is gender? Two alumni and the director of Shakespeare in Prison explore these questions and more.

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About Jessica

Jessica Hoolsema is an alumni member of Shakespeare in Prison, a program of Detroit Public Theatre. While an ensemble member of SIP, Jessica played multiple roles; including Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew, Iago in Othello, and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III.

Since returning to society, Jessica has acted in small roles for local non-profit organization fundraisers. In the fall of 2018, Jessica will be co-facilitating a Shakespeare program for individuals in the LGBQT community, in which participants will use theatre and the works of Shakespeare to explore what it means to be human.