Nicoll, Jessica

Jessica Nicoll

Jessica Nicoll graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and has worked since 1981 as an artist in public school residencies through ArtsConnection and other arts-in-education organizations. Her choreography has been produced by the Dancespace Project at St. Mark’s, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, The Kitchen and other venues throughout New York and she has performed with Kei Takei’s Moving Earth, Phyllis Lamhut and as one half of Nicoll+Oreck Dance Theater. She has taught modern dance, improvisation and choreography to all levels at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and at Spoke the Hub Dancing. Nicoll has guest lectured at her alma mater and at Columbia Teachers College, The University of Rio Grande and Yale University, and is a regular presenter at arts-in-education conferences. Since 1990, she has designed and led professional development workshops throughout the country, working with classroom teachers, teaching artists, school administrators and graduate students in dance and general education programs. Her work addresses such topics as Multiple Intelligence theory and the arts; interdisciplinary approaches to teaching the performing arts; arts and literacy connections; alternative definitions of giftedness; assessment processes in the arts; use of backward design in the development of arts-based curriculum design; and choreography and the young performer. Her workshops have been presented through the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York City Center, The Westchester Philharmonic, the National Dance Education Organization and other arts and educational organizations. She has also been a regular presenter at the Dance Education Laboratory. Nicoll has written curriculum materials for ArtsConnection (in dance, music, theater and visual arts) and Ballet Hispanico (Teacher Study Guide, 1993). She was a contributor to Jane Remer’s Beyond Enrichment (1996), to The Dana Foundation’s publication Partnering Arts Education: A Working Model from ArtsConnection (2005), to ArtsConnection’s Talent Beyond Words (1993) and New Horizons (1996) reports to the U.S. Department of Education, and to the NYC Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts (Dance). Nicoll shared a 1999 OOBR (Off-Off-Broadway Review) Award with the Chekhov Theatre Ensemble for choreography of King Lear and was awarded with her partner, Barry Oreck, a 2007 Boulder Fringe Festival Encore Award. For her teaching artistry she received the 2004 Linda LeRoy Janklow Award and the 2007 BAXten Award. Her personal essays have appeared in American Hiker and Sports Illustrated.