JESSICA ALTCHILER is a NYC-based actor, singer, dancer, and movement teacher. She also assists with direction & choreography, is an avid writer, and offers private coaching and mentoring, master classes, and workshops. Jessica plays Brandi Boardman in the upcoming feature film Candlewood, premiering in 2023. She was most recently the Assistant Director for May We All: A New Country Musical, which had its world premiere at TPAC in June 2022 and will be the Assistant Director for Cinderella at the Geva Theater in Spring 2023. Prior to the pandemic, Jessica was the Dance Captain and Swing on the Fiddler on the Roof: Broadway National Tour and then returned in October 2021 as the Assistant Choreographer. She also previously performed as the lead in the developmental reading of Sonata 1962 for the New York Musical Festival, worked as guest rehearsal director and resident dancer in Research & Development for Kaia Goodenough Dance in the U.K., performed works by Paul Taylor, Robert Battle, and Doug Varone, and received her BFA in Dance and BA in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College. In 2023, Jessica will be launching Revolutionary Arts, a company offering classes, conversations, and support for the wellbeing and health of artists. The company’s podcast + essay series, The Story Project, will also launch in 2023. Her training and certifications include: ABT® Teacher Training Intensive (Primary through Level 3), 200-hr Certified Yoga Teacher, LL Studio, Body Project Facilitator, National Eating Disorder Association, Trauma-Informed Yoga Training, Exhale to Inhale and Youth Protection Advocates in Dance® Safety & Wellness Certification. Through her writing and teaching, Jessica practices a holistic perspective on supporting the lives of artists. She proudly and passionately shares her experiences with body image + eating issues, witnessing and experiencing abuse in the performing arts industry, navigating mental health + autoimmune diseases, and exploring how to maintain an artistic path with wellness.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2010
Study Abroad: BA (Hons) Program
Teaches ages 3+
Has background check
Jess is an incredible teacher who leads with kindness and creates a safe space for all. She is thoughtful in her approach and meets each student where they are, without judgment. Jess is the best!
“My daughter took ballet from Jessica over the years. Jessica is a very warm and supportive teacher. She fosters a nurturing environment where dancers challenge themselves, while learning the proper technique. Over the years, I have seen Jessica turn students who took ballet as requirement into dancers who were passionate about the art form. I have had the privilege of observing Jessica classes over the years. She is an excellent teacher and choreographer for all age groups. Her passion for her craft is infectious. As a parent, I can attest that she is very approachable and a joy to be around.”