Jessica Hirst

Born United States

divides her time among Puerto Plata and San Diego.

Selected Performances and Exhibitions 

III International Festival of Action Art of Pumarejo, Weber-Lutgen Gallery, Seville, Spain

Solo evening of performance “39 Duartes” in collaboration with Eliu Almonte, La Galeria, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Independence.DOM Festival, Cultural Center of Spain, Santo Domingo and Fort San Felipe, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

“Ecological Visions” Group Exhibition, Cultural Center Camilo Carrau, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

“Performancear o Morir” Festival of Action Art and Interventions, Chihuahua and Narograchi, Mexico

“Atos Em Acoes” Festival of Action Art and Interventions, Rio Claro, Brazil


Deformes Biennial of Performance, Valdivia, Chile

Zona de Arte en Accion, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Performatorio Festival of Durational Art,, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republica

International Multimedia Art Festival, Odzaci and Novi Sad, Serbia

Miami Performance International Festival,  EdgeZones Projects, Miami USA

[CicloNómada] global videoart and videoperformance series, [SantaEngracia]Artes Integradas, Madrid Spain

Dimanche Rouge Barcelona Edition, Festival Visual Brasil, Casa del Mig, Barcelona Spain

Epipiderme, Lisboa, Portugal

Abierto de Accion Express, Espacio MenosUno, Madrid Spain

Month of Performance Art Berlin, Berlin Germany

Thumbprint Gallery, San Diego CA USA

The Fridge Gallery, Washington DC USA

Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn NY USA

Soapbox, Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC USA

Fourth Encounter of Action Live and Deferred, Fontibón, Bogotá Colombia

Emergency Index (book on performance)

Roves and Roams, Open Hand Open Space, Reading United Kingdom

Dismantled Cabaret, ]performance s p a c e[, London United Kingdom

Dimanche Rouge, Le Petit Bain, Paris France

Life Bloody Live, performance and exhibition, Galerie Moretti & Moretti, Paris France

International Action Art Festival, Weber-Lutgen Gallery, Sevilla Spain


2010 - present

2010 - present


ARTon, Arte en Accion, Madrid Spain

Dimanche Rouge, Le Petit Bain, Paris France

Colorado Art Ranch Residency, Carpenter Ranch, CO USA

MothUP Storytelling Symposium, San Diego Space4Art, San Diego CA USA

Political Performance Symposium, GRAD Centre for Culture and Debate, Belgrade Serbia

Visual Elements Showcase, San Diego State University, Smith Recital Hall, San Diego CA USA


Palmer Fishman Fashion Revolution exhibition and residency, Can Serrat, El Bruc Spain

Ten Diez Deu, Metafora International Workshop, Barcelona Spain

Des de Fora, Casa del Mig, Barcelona Spain


Express’at (for World AIDS Day), Ambit Dona, Barcelona Spain

M33&1, Metafora International Workshop, Barcelona Spain

Whiter Shade of Pale, Untitled BCN gallery, Barcelona Spain

Palmer Fishman’s Recycled Lounge, Art Around Adams Festival, San Diego CA USA


International Theater Festival, Justo Rufino Garay Theatre, Managua Nicaragua

Expo100, Center for Information and Research on Health, Managua Nicaragua

Festival of Contemporary Dance, La Alborada, Tijuana Mexico

Opening of VI Biennale of Visual Arts, Managua Nicaragua

Several women’s community centers and police commissions, Managua Nicaragua



International Theater Festival, Teatro Justo Rufino Garay, Managua Nicaragua

Performance and Visual Art Salon, San Jose, Costa Rica    

International Poetry Festival, Granada Nicaragua


SpeakEasy Storytelling Salon, Washington DC USA

GreenLine Project, Green Line Subway, Washington DC USA

State of the Nation Performance Festival, Center of Contemporary Art, New Orleans LA USA


GoTour, PS 122, New York NY USA

Hip Hop Theater Festival, Millenium Stage Kennedy Center, Washington DC USA

Shipping Moving Storage: Dance at the Warehouse, Warehouse Theater, Washington DC USA

Fieldwork, Dance Place, Washington DC USA

Crave, Warehouse Next Door, Washington DC USA


Alianza Francesa, Tegucigalpa Honduras

New Releases Choreographer’s Showcase, Dance Place Washington DC USA

Goose Route Dance Festival, Shepherdstown West Virginia USA


Cazals Project, Chateau du Cazals, Cazals France

Redline Revisited, Red Line Subway, Washington DC USA


Support Stipend for Residency, Can Serrat International Art Centre, Spain

Small Project Grant, Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Grants for Social Environmental Research in the USSR (1990), Stanford Center for Conservation Biology, Browning Ferris Industries


Palmer Fishman Industries, home furnishings and accessories, Nicaragua, USA, Spain

Nicology/ Nicologia, community development project designing accessories from found objects, Managua 

Casa Crearte, interior and exterior design plus furnishings, Managua Nicaragua


Metafora Contemporary Art, International Workshop, Barcelona Spain

Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Choreography in Community, Massachusetts USA

Rennie Harris Puremovement Hip Hop dance technique, Philadelphia PA

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Text and Movement, Takoma Park MD

Ed Tyler, Celeste Miller, Carla Perlo, modern dance, Washington DC area studios

Albert Elsen, several courses in art history, Stanford University

Alternate ROOTS workshops, performances, Resources for Social Change and Executive Committee member

Environmental Science and Policy

Stanford University, BS Earth Systems Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford CA

UC Berkeley Energy and Resources Group, Berkeley CA

Counseling Psychology

Johns Hopkins University Clinical Community Counseling, Maryland



Kinetz, Erika.  “A Web Site Helps Indie Artists Along a Hard Road,” The New York Times, July 25, 2005.

Murray, Andrea.  “Subway as Performance Space,” The Program, WETA 90.9 NPR, 2002.

Sanchez, Melissa.  “Making Things Happen”, Melissa Sanchez, blog Desde Nicaragua”

Traiger, Lisa.  “Strangers on a train,” danceviewtimes, 2003.

Traiger, Lisa.  “Dancing in the Streets,” The Washington Post, Dec. 12, 2003. 

Traiger, Lisa.  “Dance Festival is Going Places,” The Washington Post, July 16, 2004. 

Selected Work Experience

Mason Hirst Foundation, Board of Directors

CatScratch Theatre, Co-Artistic Director, performer

Sasha Bruce YouthWork, YouthBuild Program, Counselor

Joy of Motion Dance Center, Teacher

Several dance outreach teaching positions placed at Washington DC public schools


White House Office on Environmental Policy, Climate Change intern

US Department of Energy, International Climate Change programs

University of Cape Town, Energy and Development Research Centre, Researcher

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