• Theatre

Jesse Hinson

Teaching Professor

Jesse Hinson is an educator, actor, and violence designer originally from Gainesville, Florida.  A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, he has acted professionally at numerous regional theaters including New Repertory Theatre, the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Georgia Shakespeare, and Actors’ Shakespeare Project where he is a member of their Resident Acting Company.

Recent productions include: Shakespeare in Love, As You Like It, Exit the King, Arcadia, The Tempest,The Winter’s Tale, King Henry VI Part 2, Morality Play, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Pericles, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, Holiday Memories, The Whipping Man, Seminar, Miracle on 34th Street, The Puppetmaster of Lodz, Moonchildren, Macbeth, and The Einstein Project.  

A practitioner of the Suzuki method of actor training, Jesse has trained with the Pacific Performance Project, Brandeis University, and Berkshire Theatre Group.  He continues to hone and develop the training by infusing it with elements of modern dance, Alexander Technique, Stanislavski theory, and Viewpoints in order to maximize its usefulness for western actors. Jesse holds a black belt in Wado Ryu karate and is a two-time Florida state champion in fighting.  He is certified by the Society of American Fight Directors and regularly collaborates with theatre companies to build moments of staged violence that are both impactful for audiences and safe for actors.

He earned his BA in Theatre from Oglethorpe University and an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University where he also served on the faculty following his graduation.  He has also been a guest teacher at such schools as Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, Salem State University, Concord Academy, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and the American Repertory Theater’s MXAT Program at Harvard University.

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  • MFA in Acting, Brandeis University
  • BA in Theatre, Oglethorpe University;

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Acting
  • Improvisation
  • The Professional Voice
  • Movement for the Actor

Professional Affiliations

• Actors’ Equity Association

• Resident Company Member – Actors’ Shakespeare Project

• Society of American Fight Directors

• Pacific Performance Project


Research Interests

  • Acting
  • Choreography
  • Contact Improvisation
  • Improvisation
  • Movement
  • Stage Combat
  • Suzuki Actor Training Technique
  • Voice