Jessica Thomas is a communications professional and freelance writer based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She writes about the visual arts, dance, and design. Jessica earned her master’s degree in Art History, Theory & Criticism from SUNY Stony Brook where she studied with art critic Donald Kuspit and philosopher Edward S. Casey. She also holds a Master of Architecture degree with a concentration in urban design from UNC Charlotte.
A lover of all things dance, Jessica gained her formal training under the guidance of teachers from the National Ballet of Canada, Atlanta Ballet, Washington Ballet, Jazz Dance Theatre of Atlanta, Kansas City Ballet, and Intercity Ballet Company where she performed as a soloist. She spent two summers of ballet and theatre training with Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov. Her jazz and hip hop training is rooted in her studies with dancers and choreographers from the stages of Broadway, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Jessica continues to dance and teach in the Charlotte area.
In 2009, Jessica founded Speak Your Design, a communications and project management firm that serves clients in the fields of architecture, engineering, higher education and the arts, among others.