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Jesse Hinson

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.




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

Research Focus

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

Professional Experience

  • Actor:  Jaxton in The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa Fasthorse, directed by Scott Edmiston. The Lyric Stage Company, 2019.
  • Actor:  Iachimo in Cymbeline by William Shakespeare, directed by Fred Sullivan. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, 2019.
  • Actor:  Don Caspar in Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, directed by Rebecca Bradshaw. The Nora Theatre Company, 2019.
  • Actor:  Ned Alleyn in Shakespeare in Love by Lee Hall, directed by Scott Edmiston. SpeakEasy Stage Company, 2018.
  • Actor:  Charles/Phoebe in As You Like It by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Estrella and Rachel Walshe. The Gamm Theatre, 2018.
  • Actor:  Fitzwilliam Darcy in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Sean Daniels. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 2018.
  • Actor:  Caliban in The Tempest by William Shakespeare, directed by Allyn Burrows. Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 2017.
  • Actor:  Queen Marie in Exit the King by Eugène Ionesco, translated by Donald Watson, directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky. Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 2017.
  • Actor:  Valentine Coverly in Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, directed by Fred Sullivan Jr. The Gamm Theatre, 2016.
  • Actor:  Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, directed by Fred Sullivan, 2016.
  • Actor:  Camillo and The Clown in The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, directed by Allyn Burrows. Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 2015.
  • Actor:  Henry in King Henry VI: Part 2 by William Shakespeare, directed by Tina Packer. Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 2015.
  • Actor:  Nicholas in Morality Play by Barry Unsworth, directed by Tony Estrella. The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, 2015.
  • Actor:  Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, directed by David Gammons. Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 2014.
  • Actor:  Caleb in The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez, directed by Benny Ambush. New Repertory Theatre, 2014.
  • Actor:  Orlando in As You Like It by William Shakespeare, directed by Robert Walsh. Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 2014.

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

• Actors’ Equity Association
• Resident Company Member – Actors’ Shakespeare Project
• Society of American Fight Directors
• Pacific Performance Project

Courses Taught

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

In the News

Courtesy of NGN

What makes a fight scene hit?

Teaching professor of theatre and fight coordinator Jesse Hinson breaks down what makes fight scenes work in popular films like "The Matrix," "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout" and "The Princess Bride."

February 23, 2024