Jessica Cerullo

Whitman College

MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association

415 McKinley Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362



Jessica Cerullo is a performer, writer, producer, and Professor of Theater at Whitman College. Her work is often socially or civically engaged and is ultimately grounded in a variety of somatic and contemplative practices. In partnership with Joanna Merlin, she has led MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association, for the past 17 years; producing international workshops, festivals/events, and an advanced teacher training program. Jessica's current practical research focuses on the embodied voice and employs influences of Body Mind Centering, the Roy Hart approach to the voice, and phonetics guided by Louis Colaianni’s phonetic pillows. This research has generated original performances and in 2017 Jessica will perform in the world premiere of Kristen Kosmas’ The Peoples Republic of Valerie at On the Boards, Seattle and in Ethelyn Friend’s, Wednesday: an opera at the Singing House in Colorado. Recent collaborations with the UK based Improbable Theatre’s Devoted and Disgruntled and the US based Sojourn Theater and Center for Performance and Civic Practice have been instrumental in the creation of her community based projects; The Theatre of the Future - Open Space, How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, ‘Ukulele A Variety Show, and Antigonick-Act II. Jessica is currently editing an expanded edition of Michael Chekhov’s Lessons for Teachers. Publication of the book, with translations into German and Russian, will be released in the Fall of 2017.

Movement Specialties:

Authentic Movement



Chekhov Training

Devised Theatre

Grotowski Physical Theatre


Movement for Singers

Movement for the Actor

Physical Theatre

Solo Performance

Sound and Movement


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