Jessica Seminerio Grapes
Jessica Seminerio Grapes is thrilled to be an original five year member of Mountain City Center of the Arts! She has studied tap, jazz and modern dance for over 27 years. In her first High School musical Anything Goes, where she played Bonnie, is when she found her love for the arts. After high school she dedicated her time to becoming educated in all aspects of the theatre arts.
Jessica gained her BA degree in Theatre and Dance from Frostburg State University. Her concentrations included directing, stage management, choreography, costume design, dance and acting. Jessica worked professionally in the DC/Northern VA area where she was the Company Production Manager for Charter Theatre. She was also the Choreographer, Costume Designer and performer for Synetic’s Children Theatre. As well as, the Costume Designer for RCC Theatre and an instructor of dance and acting at ArtistTree Theatre and Young Actors Theatre during her residency in DC.
Jessica has had the honor of attending Martha Graham intensive workshops as well as master classes with Dena Rizzo, Tommy Alexander, Zondaflex, and Musa Cooper. And, most recently, Dance Teacher Summit’s in Los Angeles and New York where Jessica was able study with the industry’s top professional choreographers and performers. Including Anthony Morigerato, Michael Minery, Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Mandy Moore, and many more.
Mountain City Center for the Arts has provided Jessica with an outlet to provide education in tap, jazz, musical theatre and creative movement. She assists with MCCA’s Pre-Professional programs and productions though marketing, choreographing and stage managing. She also enjoys helping out the behind the scenes on the technical aspects of MCCA including graphic design, merchandising, marketing and sales!
While Jessica has a passion for performing, her heart lies in educating and creating awareness in the performing arts. It is a dream of hers that with Mountain City Center for the Arts, she will be able to help bring education, experience, and performing arts awareness to Western Maryland and it’s expanding counties.