Director of Island Programs and Education, Co-Producer
From Ashland, Ohio, Jesse Keller graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in Performance and Choreography. She started performing professionally with StefanieBatten Bland (SBB) in Paris, France and remains a part of the troupe. With SBB, she has performed internationally at Festival Onze Bouge, Ris Orangis, Les Petites Scenes Ouvertes, and Cornell University’s Cultural Residency, along with nationally at The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Symphony Space, The Brooklyn Museum, Saratoga ArtsFest, Dogtown Dance Theater, Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out, and Ringling International Arts Festival. She is a year-round island resident on Martha’s Vineyard where she serves as Director of Island Programs and Education and Co-Producer at The Yard, as well as Co-Artistic Director of DanceTheYard (DTY), The Yard’s resident dance collective. Since forming, DTY has presented work at The Yard, MV Hebrew Center, The MV Film Festival, NACHMO Boston, ACDFA East Central, Ohio University, Triskelion Arts, and the Women in Motion Festival. At The Yard she has played an instrumental role in developing and implementing MAKING IT, a creative dance-making curriculum and creativity initiative now active in all Martha’s Vineyard Public and Charter schools, as well as at the YMCA, in afterschool programs, libraries, senior centers, and elsewhere around island. In 2014 she was named ‘Woman of the Year’ by Women Empowered for her work in dance education.