Jacqueline Bertrand Lessac
Executive Producer / Founder
Jacqueline Bertrand Lessac is co-founder and executive producer of Global Arts Corps which was founded in 2009 to use professional theatre to support reconciliation initiatives in countries emerging from conflict and which celebrates and fosters the possibility of perceptual change.
She served as executive producer of the award winning Truth in Translation project (2001-2009), the international theatre project which brought the story of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission to 26 cities in 11 countries around the world, and she is a producer of the documentary film “A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake”, which premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa in July 2014 and recently at the Woodstock festival in New York. She produced the short documentary film “Ubuntu” about the Interpreters for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2003.
She is a founding member of the Colonnades Theatre Lab, Inc. both in the United States and South Africa and was also member of the Colonnades acting company in New York for 10 years. She was part of community outreach programs at the Colonnades, including the Wunderman project and the Abbott House School project, in which theatre techniques were taught to business executives and children.
A tireless advocate for human rights and reconciliation, Ms. Lessac is passionately committed to using the arts to stimulate and encourage conflict resolution by using plays as catalysts for dialogue.
As an actress, she played leading roles in numerous productions at the Colonnades, has appeared off-Broadway, at regional theatres, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and has had guest appearances on a variety of TV shows and movies.
Ms. Lessac received a B.A. in art education and drama from the University of Minnesota and worked for several years as a dancer and actress in her hometown of Minneapolis before moving to New York.