(Posted 12:30 p.m., Jan. 2)
will be a big year for up and coming Orléans actress
By Fred Sherwin
2013 should be a big year for Jess Brown.
The Orléans actress has four projects
in post-production that are due to be released
this year. Paul Smith Photography
Brown has come a long way from her days with the Orléans
first acting classes were with OYP when I was 11-years-old.
I played the Earth Worm in James and the Giant Peach and
I froze on stage," recalls Brown, who currently has
four projects due for release in 2013. Ive
come pretty far since then."
was with the Orléans Young Players for about four
years and enjoyed performing so much that she decided
to continue her studies at Canterbury High School for
she graduated from Canterbury she enrolled in the journalism
program on a scholarship at Carleton University, but Jess
just couldn't shake the acting bug. After her first year
she decided to apply for the acting programs at Ryerson,
York, Windsor and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts
she was accepted at all four schools, she couldn't pass
up the opportunity to study in the mecca of live theatre,
New York City. So after taking a year off to pad her bank
account, Brown was off to the Big Apple.
was pretty overwhelmed when I arrived. Honestly, I couldnt
even leave my dorm room for the first week," says
Brown who quickly warmed up to her new surroundings, and
continued to live in New York for the next 5 years.
was very exhilarating. I was learning from some of the
best teachers and directors that New York has to offer.
And on top of that, I was right around the corner from
Times Square, watching high-end Broadway productions any
spare chance I had!
graduating from the two-year conservatory program, Brown
was then invited to become a member of the American Academy
Theatre Company, to which she accepted. Brown performed
with the Company, doing repertory theatre for the year
following her studies, and continues to be a member.
her year with the Company, Jess quickly attained an U.S.
Artists Visa and began to work consistently.
breakout year came in 2012, starting with her being selected
by Rufus Wainwright for his American premier of Prime
Madonna at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
her run at BAM, Jess auditioned for the part of Elaine
Robinson in a stage production of The Graduate at the
Ivoryton Playhouse in Connecticut, and won the role the
was a very hectic day for me! I auditioned at 10 a.m.
in Times Square for The Graduate, and then headed to Brooklyn
for the opening matinee of Prima Donna, then back to Times
Square for the call back! I was so thrilled when I booked
the role that I actually screamed and cried with my agent
on the phone.
The Graduate, Brown headed to Toronto for the summer season
and immediately landed an agent. Soon she was auditioning
for a variety of movie and television rolls.
after the move, she was cast in the action-packed, sci-fi
series Omega, which will premiere on Machinima Prime on
Jan. 25 as well as Netflix later in the year. Machinima,
Inc. is currently one of the largest entertainment distributors
in the world, frequently acting as an extension of Warner
Bros and Lionsgate.
will also make an appearance in the experimental feature
film Audition (which filmed in NY) due out in February,
and the Discovery Channel series Surviving Evil, which
will premiere later this year.
but by no means least, Brown won the female lead in the
feature film Tapped, an adrenaline-packed "fight
movie" in which she will appear alongside Michael
Biehn (Terminator, Aliens) as well as UFC stars Anderson
"the Spider" Silva and Lyoto "the Dragon"
Machida. The film is due to be released this summer.
year has been a crazy ride for me with so many different
projects on the go, and I am loving every minute of it,"
says Brown who is looking forward to the year ahead. "This
is something that Ive always aspired to do and I'm
getting to do it. I couldnt be more thrilled.
2012 was any indication, Brown can expect to be a very
busy girl for a long time to come as her star continues
updates, check out www.iamjessbrown.com
or follow her on twitter @iamjessbrown https://twitter.com/iamjessbrown.
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