Welcome to the website of trained performer Jessica Hernandez. Fuelled by a passion for acting, storytelling and clowning, Jessica Hernandez is on an exciting journey to explore how these three disciplines interrelate and inspire each other
I am a keen and trained performer as well as an Artistic workshop leader. I am intrigued by the constant switch between the role of the learner and the role of the teacher. I work out of the experience that these two roles have engaging similarities! As someone who is fluent in six languages, I can cater to a global range of customers. My inspiration in life comes from my family and my hobbies, including running and singing, as well as this quote:
“Man only plays when he is in the fullest sense of the word a human being,
and he is only fully a human being when he plays.”
As a multilingual professional, I am able to perform and teach in six languages, English, French, Spanish, German, Swiss-German and Luxembourgish and here’s what you can always expect from me:
Prompt and professional replies to your phone or email enquiries
Performances and workshops which are tailored to your needs
Professional rates in line with Equity engagement fees for performers
Engaging with your inner clown can be a fun and inspirational journey of self-discovery. In a Nose to Nose – led clowning workshop, we warm up with games before moving on to improvisations with and without the red nose. The red nose, the smallest mask in the world, is the mask that unmasks. What better way to celebrate all the little wobbles, accidents and insecurities in life than by jumping right in! In clowning, we embrace the unexpected and welcome everything that emerges. As well as regularly co-facilitating week-long Nose to Nose clowning courses in the UK and Europe, I specialize in shorter clowning workshops for people with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems or those suffering from dementia. I frequently offer clowning sessions in companies to boost team building and works with teachers, doctors, carers and other mad hatters. I have also been touring my one woman storytelling shows since 2006.
I often perform in local theaters, schools, libraries, nursing homes as well as care centres for the learning disabled. I rarely uses props or fancy costume – I bring all of the story characters to life by changes in body and voice and rarely use props or fancy costumes, thereby actively engaging the audience’s imagination. My tours often take her back to her native country of Luxembourg, where I love telling stories in Luxembourgish. My most recent shows include a selection of the Grimm’s fairy tales, “The Little Mermaid” by H.C. Andersen, as well as a selection of stories from “Winnie the Pooh” by A.A. Milne. The stories are always told in their original (sometimes cut) version, making the performances an ideal event for book festivals, schools and libraries.
Take a look to see what I can offer...
Acting & Storytelling
From my extensive experience with performing and touring theatrical shows for children and young adults, I have learned how hard it can be to please a young audience! By using every acting 'trick of the trade' to make stories and their characters come to life (without any technical aids), I can vividly engage the children's power of imagination to create unforgettable and often first-time theatrical experiences.
As a Nose to Nose - trained Clowning Workshop facilitator, I have worked with doctors and nurses, teachers and have shared many a laugh with groups of people with learning disabilities and/or mental illness. Clowning workshops are also a hugely fun and powerful team-building activity for any group or company. I provide a safe working environment in which we can discover our inner clowns by celebrating our insecurities and practicing openness and spontaneity through improvisation and play.
Experience and Training
Nothing beats practical experiences!
Storytelling Tour, Fearnot, Jessica Hernandez
Storytelling Tour, A Christmas Carol, Jessica Hernandez
2012, Storytelling Tour, 3 Fairytales by the Grimm Brothers, Jessica Hernández
Storytelling Tour, The Little Mermaid (Déi Kleng Mierjoffer), Jessica Hernández
Theatre, Caz, Love Song in Sixteen Bars, Colin Garrow, WACtheatre Company
Musical, Emma, Shhh…the Musical, Dan Greavey&Alison Telfer, Right Here Productions
Theatre, Someone, No Phones on Planet Pluto, Colin Garrow&Suzanne Enoch, WAC Theatre Company, Colin Garrow&Suzanne Enoch
2009, Radio, Witch on Trial, Wie Sie Konnten, Sebring, Nicole Regensburger
Storytelling Tour, Stories from “Winnie the Pooh”, A.A. Milne, Jessica Hernández
Workshops, Actress & Workshop Facilitator, Échange Theatre Co, Fanny Dulin
2006 to 08
2004 to 08
short courses in Acting for Camera (Actors’ Centre, Barcelona) Clowning (Nose to Nose, England/Laura Asensio Plaza, Aberdeen), Neutral Mask (Philip Beaven, West Sussex)
TIE, Various, Lumières Caméra Action!, London Production Company, Mark Jowett
TIE, Various, Richard III/Much Ado/The Tempest, MOPA Theatre Co., Nic Brownlie
2005 to 06
Artemis School of Speech and Drama, East Grinstead: LTCL Acting
2004 to 05
Artemis School of Speech and Drama, East Grinstead: ATCL Acting
2002 to 04
Schule für Sprachgestaltung und Schauspiel, Dornach, Switzerland Experience (Year, Type, Role, Production, Playwright, Company, Director)