Jessie Laurita-Spanglet joined the faculty of the Wake Forest Department of Theatre and Dance in the fall of 2015 as a Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow in Dance. After graduating with an MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park, in the spring of 2014, Jessie spent the following fall as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Along with fellow local dancers, Jessie is an organizing artist for On Site/In Sight; a three-day dance festival in downtown Winston-Salem NC that brings together local, regional, and national dance-artists to teach, improvise, and perform in sites throughout the city.
Believing that many diverse voices are stronger than one, Jessie has collaborated closely with dance and theatre artists, musicians, composers, and writers. Last spring Jessie took a group of Wake Forest dance students to perform with her and fellow professional dance-artists on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts. Additionally, her work and collaborations have been seen at the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in Asheville, NC; the McGuffey Arts Center in Charlottesville, VA; in Washington DC at Dance Place, Dance Exchange, and the Sidney Harman Hall; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Performing Arts Center in Baltimore, MD; The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD, and in Mexico at the Universidad Des Las Americas Puebla, among others. Jessie is a Stott Pilates teacher with a certificate from the Balance Pilates Training Center in Richmond VA, and holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.