Jacqueline Westhead is an educator, artist, author and so much more. She has led a rich and varied life dedicating herself to deepening her knowledge and to sharing that knowledge with others. In the movement arts she has trained in physical theater, dance and martial arts. These include: Butoh, yoga, Contact Improvisation, Commedia Dell-Arte and other highly expressive movement forms. Her teachers include Yumiko Yoshioko, Simone Forti, New Crime Productions, Contraband, Peggy Hackney and Martha Eddy. As a musician she has toured and performed and also studied sound, chant and sound healing with teachers and artists that include Jonathan Goldman, Robert Gass, Russill Paul, Shefa Gold, Dave Stringer, Shantala and students of Jon Beaulieu. In her ever present signature blending of movement, sound and rhythm, she was a senior member of ICM signed Jellyeye (Drum Theater) and created and performed extensively with them for 7 years. She was a founding member of MASS Ensemble (Music And Sonic Sculpture) and has collaborated with a variety of independent artists and companies over the years creating movement and music-based work for theaters and festivals as well as being an independent choreographer. She has traveled and studied in West Africa, southern India and studied percussion with internationally known artists Glen Velez and Hamid Drake. Her music has led her to play for a variety of artists’ CDs, music projects and U.S. tours.
While her arts training and performance work stands on its own it is also what compelled Jacqueline towards being an educator and facilitator. Throughout the years she has developed cutting-edge curriculums as well as her original Sound Body Wisdom mentorships and workshops. She has certificates from Emory University in Conflict Transformation, Moving On Center in Somatic Education, Johns Hopkins in Psychological First Aid, has trained in Neurolinguistics and certified as a CMT. She has created workshops for youth and adults across the United States and abroad in such places as The Kripalu Center, The University of Michigan, Cleveland Public Theater, the Cultural Center of Chicago, Elat Chayyim, Power of Hope and in locations from the Middle East to Iceland. She has received several CAAP and NAP grants to study, create new work and design community projects. She has worked with schools, hospitals, community and private organizations offering Sound Body Wisdom, her integration of movement, mind body, awareness and voice practices. She has a free podcast available on iTunes and other platforms as well as being the author of Touching the Invisible: A Field Guide for Living. Jacqueline is a student of meditation and spiritual traditions and continues to travel and study to expand her understanding of her work and the role it plays in our evolving World. Most of all, Jacqueline is a Human Being that cares deeply.