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Jessica Soza is an actor, singer, director, educator and coach based in San Diego. As a voice specialist, she taught speech and acting at Bethel Conservatory of the Arts and Introduction to Acting for non-majors at California State University, Long Beach. As the Head of Voice and Speech at BCA, she developed curriculum for the B.A. in Acting program and directed their first public performance of Frederick J. Marker’s Nora, an adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House using the Active Analysis technique. Her passion and expertise as a professional singer has led her to develop a vocal technique that leads people through breakthroughs in their voice be it singing, speaking or communicating with more freedom and joy. Jessica holds an MFA in Acting & Performance Pedagogy from California State University, Long Beach. Her teacher training is in Meisner from Anna Steers, Michael Chekhov from Hugh O’Gorman, Fitzmaurice Voicework & Knight-Thompson Speechwork from Andrea Caban and Clown from Ezra LeBank. She is a classically trained Soprano having studied with Met Opera coaches Lucy Arner and Ira Siff in New York City, and holds a BA in Music Vocal Performance from California State University, San Bernardino. From 2013-2014, under the direction of Joey McKneeley, and Conductor Donald Chan, Jessica performed Maria in the International Tour of West Side Story, on opera stages in London, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria, Israel and Switzerland, until returning to Southern California to settle. Regionally, she performed Maria with San Diego Musical Theater, and in concert with Battle Creek Symphony in Michigan. Next year, she is scheduled to sing the role of Maria in a West Side Story Concert version with Billings Symphony Orchestra in Montana conducted by Anne Harrigan. In addition to returning to Billings and Battle Creek Symphony in Michigan, to sing the role of Sarah Brown with a BIPOC cast of Guys & Dolls.

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