Recognizing Talent

MA Candidate Jess Drew

MA Candidate Jessica Taylor Drew

Congratulations to MA Candidate Jessica Taylor Drew who recently accepted a position as a youth theatre educator at the Center for Talent Development (CTD) housed at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. An accredited learning center and research facility that has been serving gifted students, their families and educators for nearly 30 years, CTD prides itself on taking notions of what learning is and introducing students to what learning should be.

When Jess graduates in May, she plans to leave Bloomington for the Evanston Campus of NU where she will put her new degree to work cultivating the theatre scholars of tomorrow.

Jess received her BA in Theatre and Art History from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Her research interests include the fat body onstage, the epic, theatre education, contemporary theatre of the Americas, and the performativity of monster truck rallies. A board member of the Goat Song Theatre Company in Chicago, she has worked in various capacities for the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Vitalist Theatre of Chicago, and Northwestern University.