A graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (Christchurch) and a stint Francine Cote’s Clown and Comedy School (Montreal), Jess is a clown, cabaret & street performer and a lover of good glass of New Zealand wine.


Jess has been performing around New Zealand and internationally since 2014 and there isn't anything Jess won't have a go at on stage. She has already dipped her toes (or more like dove straight on in to the deep end!) in musical theatre, circus, comedy, Shakespeare, children's theatre, corporate entertainment, street theatre and cabaret.

Highlights include Anna in Spring Awakening (NASDA), Soloist in Love Is… A Modern Cabaret (Epic Entertainment for The Body Festival), Unsupervised - An Original Cabaret with Bekah & Jess (Basement Theatre, Auckland) and writing and performing her debut clown character Coriander at festivals such as The World Buskers Festival (NZ), The Adelaide Fringe Festival (Australia), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Scotland), World Busking Day (London), Le Festival des Clown de Montreal (Canada), The Edmonton International Fringe Festival (Canada) and The Sydney Fringe Festival (Australia) to name a few, as well as independent seasons around New Zealand to sell out crowds and rave reviews (★★★★ - Advertiser)

Jess's most recent creation is Jess The Mess an interactive comedy street show that she has been performing on the street and at festivals around NZ and the world.

When Jess isn't performing she is writing (you can see all of that here!) exploring the world & laughing at her own jokes.

2010 - present

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2010 - present

© 2017 by Jess Brien

Illustration: Molly's Pink Creative

Photos: Charlie Rose Creative