Jessie Cosentino is the founding director of Junior Actors Company. Jessie received her BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University. It was there that she discovered her love for Musical Theatre. After working as a choreographer for the local Youth Civic Theatre, she moved to New York to continue performing and teaching. Since then she has worked on several youth musicals from New York to San Francisco and now San Diego!
Junior Actors Company offers a boutique theatre experience unlike any other. With cast sizes limited to only 20 actors, every child is engaged and plays a vital role in the production. J.A.C offers the perfect introduction to theatre for young performers ages 5-7 and a wonderful opportunity for those ages 8-12 to experience lead roles and performing at a mature level.
J.A.C is conveniently offered at 3 separate locations. Choose the one closest to you!
at Junior Actors Company
10855 Sorrento Valley Rd
San Diego, CA 92121
at Stage Door Dance
257 N El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
at Signature Dance Academy
13150 Poway Rd
Poway, CA 92064
My daughters have done two productions, dance classes and a camp with Jessie and they loved every minute. They both learned so much about singing, acting, dancing and performing, as well as gained confidence and poise. Jessie has some sort of magical power to convert a room full of excited but wild kids into a coherent professional troop of actors. The kids really respond to her energy and enthusiasm and they don't even realize they are learning skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
My daughter started with Jessie five years ago. Jessie has the ability to really get to know the kids and bring out their best. She is kind, fun, patient and has been an important role model for my daughter. While Jessie’s background is as a hip hop dancer and choreographer, one of her huge gifts is in the way she makes her cast members feel about themselves. Jessie brings together kids of all ages, levels and backgrounds to create incredible, memorable stage performances. She allows the bigger kids to serve as role models for the younger ones, and works with the kids on the big picture too — set design, fantastic costumes and programs included.
We have done camps, classes, workshops and plays with Jessie over the years. All have been amazing. One of our favorite things about Jessie’s shows is that she often has a little “surprises" in store for the parents in the audience…little things that we had no idea our kids could do! Thank you, Jessie, for the gift of watching our kids perform and for giving our daughter the confidence to put on her knee socks, stick her chin out and sing!
I love being in Ms. Jessie's plays because it is fun to sing and learn your parts and be on stage. Ms. Jessie is nice and really fun and probably my favorite.
I like doing productions with Ms. Jessie because it's not too hard, but not too easy. She makes it fun, so older kids and younger kids all can work together. I like that my younger sister and I both have an equal amount of opportunity to sing, dance and act. Some companies divide kids up into older and younger. I love acting with Ms. Jessie!
I have been acting with Jessie my whole life. She truly changed the way I see myself and she makes me feel special. She gave me confidence and encouraged me to work hard. She helps everyone and is great with all ages.