Jessica Beck (Snapshots from Black America)
Producer [Radio - Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]
BBC Radio 4
Trump's Tulsa Rally, and a Massacre in 1921
BBC Radio 4
“For balanced and coherent work, with breadth, depth, boldness, originality and impact.” - The Association for International Broadcasting
Black Culture, Civil rights, and Change
BBC Radio 4
“Beautifully mixed, great music and captivating story.” - The Association for International Broadcasting
★★★★★ The Times on Heist with Michael Caine (2020)
“The show’s producers know the voice is their chief glory and give him lots of fun portentous lines.”
"Told in Caine's trademark style that switches from matter-of-fact to dramatic backed by a swinging soundtrack."
"A superior six-part series."
"Michael Caine's Heist podcast will blow your bloody socks off...t's thrilling to hear all about the ingenuity of the criminals and the ways the police bring them to justice."
★★★★★ West End Wilma on Agent of Influence (2017):
“Jessica Beck's direction of the play presents a keen attention to detail in all aspects, from Dunn’s innovative use of the full stage, to Phil Hewitt‘s subtle but excellent use of lighting, music and accurate sound effects to establish her reality.”
★★★★★ The New Current on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016):
"There is a camaraderie that seems to be in abundance as both writer/performer and director Jessica Beck have managed to create a show that is filled with joy and sadness whilst creatively allowing the history and material to more or less speak for itself.”
★★★★ Theatre Fullstop on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2015):
“Hats off to the production team, Jessica Beck‘s slick direction together with Phil Hewitt‘s atmospheric lighting that make the piece flow smoothly [...] a touching piece written and performed from the heart which keeps the audience enthralled from start to finish.”
Fringe Review on Normal/Madness (2015):
“Credit is due to Jessica Beck as both dramaturg and director who has fashioned a tremendous piece of theatre.”
★★★★★ Whats On Stage on The Exeter Blitz Project (2013):
"The Exeter Blitz Project is the kind of work that should be seen more of in the regions. It's a work that has been created for the region without an eye on a London transfer, that fosters a sense of community [...] and has been collated and given a production of much confidence.”
"Engrossing, poignant, evocative [...] expertly and subtly directed.”
“Jessica Beck’s imaginative production is joyful, raucous and like a mini powder keg of feminist fun.”
“Beck's staging, in which the cast, dressed in bloomers and corsets, role-swap with alacrity and clever use of minimal props, is terrific fun.”
★★★★★ UK Theatre Web on Less Than a Year (2011):
“Jessica Beck's direction has a light touch allowing the story to be told without distraction [...] allowing the emotions to be felt without the story becoming depressing or maudlin.”
The Times on Up the Gary (2006):
“Baron and Beck have created a modern mini-tragedy [...] Neatly produced, well performed and great fun.”
The Scotsman on Dogfight (2007):
"Jessica Beck's imaginative direction injects some breathtaking moments of physicality.”
nytheatre.com on All Alone (2007):
“Jessica Beck's direction allows her actors the freedom necessary to experience the effects of their characters' basest instincts and the freedom to delve into the deepest horror of consciousness [...]"
Sir Michael Caine and Jessica Beck, after recording Heist.
Rebecca Crookshank in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Photo by Cecilia Cooper-Colby
Laurence Pears and Katie Villa in The Exeter Blitz Project by Jessica Beck and Helena Enright at The Bike Shed Theatre 2012. Photo by Ben J. Borley
For All Alone by Gene David Kirk at SoHo Playhouse, New York International Fringe Festival 2007.