Jasmeene Francois is a Haitian-American theatre artist, storyteller, Applied Theatre Practitioner, and dramaturg from Riverside, California. She specializes in facilitating workshops centered around oral storytelling, devising, and creative writing that address home and belonging. Jasmeene is currently an instructor with The Moth Community and Education program and an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College. She most recently worked as a Teaching Artist Americorps Fellow with ArtistYear in New York City. At Artist Year, she created an in-school theatre curriculum and after-school drama program focusing on playwriting, movement, puppetry, and acting for students from Pre-K to 5th grade. She is also a proud alum of the Teaching Artist Project. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Drama and History from Ithaca College in 2011. After graduating, she taught English in Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program for three years. Jasmeene then rejoined the theatre-making world after graduating with a master’s degree in Applied Theatre from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Research Interests

  • African Diasporic performance and folkloric traditions
  • African American Theater 1900-1940s
  • Intergenerational arts practice
  • Avant-Garde Performance and decoloniality
  • Post-colonial diasporas
  • Applied Theater practice and archive
  • Body as archive