Creatively Independent

Creatively Independent

United States


CREATIVELY INDEPENDENT: Co-Founders, Christopher Beaulieu and Jess Pillmore, began teaching and creating together in 2001, but the traditional format of teaching artist wasn’t enough. In 2005, Creatively Independent was born from a desire to promote sustainable artistry and activate the arts in education, bringing back a balance of education–drawing out that which is latent–and training–passing down proven techniques. CI travels internationally 250+ days/year engaging students from toddler-professional in residencies, keynotes, consultations and physical theatre performances. Combined, Chris and Jess have directed/choreographed over 60 shows from Off-Broadway, Fringe, International, Regional and Educational. When not on the road, CI is expanding their 7-acre retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Every summer, CI develops new works and offers professional development in teaching artistry and play. SAMPLE CLIENTS: • NYU/Tisch • Brown/Trinity Rep (MFA) • Boston University • University of Virginia (MFA) • University of Mississippi •  Troy University •  Mississippi University of Women •  Wells College • Meredith College • Simons Rock • Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Greylock Project •  Circus Smirkus •  Blue Cross & Blue Shield • DASOTA • LASOTA • FSCJ • Remscheid Waldorf • Episcopal HS & MS • Discovery Montessori SAMPLE CONFERENCES & FESTIVALS: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (SE Region) • Southeastern Theatrical Conference • Performing the World (NYC) • International Schools Theatre Association (US & Europe) • Rotations Theatre (Germany) • Dell’Arte Mad River Festival • Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Conference • Multiple State Thespians conference •  State teacher training conferences JESS PILLMORE (Artistic Director)  Jess is a shape shifter in the worlds of theatre, dance, music and creative coaching with a solid spine of “Yes, you can!” Over the past 20 year, Jess has worked as a guest artist, director/choreographer (Off-Broadway, Fringe, Regional, Educational), singer/songwriter (3 Nat’l releases, 1 musical) and published author. Her book, Creatively Independent: Life on Your Terms with Play, Community & Awareness, was supported by international best-seller and frequent TED lecturer Seth Godin and her provocative essay on ageism towards children in education appeared in Psychology Today (Dec.’14). Currently, Jess is workshopping two new musicals: It’s All Right Now, a modern parable about living in the Now, written with songwriter, Ron Morris and A Fire Just Waiting (working title), a Joan of Arc rebirth featuring Ani DiFranco’s music and lyrics. TRAINING: BA Theatre (FSU), MFA Interdisciplinary Arts (Goddard), Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Movement Studio Theatre (NYC), Society of American Fight Directors, Pilobolus AWARDS: Best Female Actor Combatant (Nat’l SAFD), Founder’s Award (Nat’l SAFD), Best Musical (Dir. /Chor., Minneapolis Fringe w/ Neo-Futurists) CHRISTOPHER BEAULIEU (Education Director)  Chris is an internationally touring trickster hell-bent on provoking and supporting an individual’s passion for living artfully. Over the past 25 years, Chris has worked as a director-actor-educator with fellow revolutionaries Shakespeare & Co., Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Greylock Project, Dell’Arte, Circus Smirkus, ISTA, and presented national and regional conferences, including the Kennedy Center (KCACTF – SE), SETC (2015-16 Movement Committee Chair), Performing the World (NYC), State Thespians (NC, FL, UT) and teacher training. Last year, Chris co-directed and performed in CI’s first alt. Shakespeare show To The Breach, a high-octane adaptation of Henry V, making its world premiere in Germany. TRAINING: Shakespeare & Co., Dell’Arte International, Society of American Fight Directors, Pilobolus   AWARDS: NEA grant, Paddy Crean Award (Society of American Fight Directors)

Movement Specialties:

Body Language


Clowning and Circus

Commedia dell'Arte

Contact Improvisation

Creative Dramatics


Devised Theatre


Improvisation/Theatre Games


Movement for the Actor

Physical Characterization

Physical Theatre

Self Use

Sound and Movement

Stage Combat

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