Jacqueline Bertrand Lessac

Executive Producer / Founder | Paris-NYC
Jacqueline Bertrand Lessac

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 violent conflict. She is also co founder of the Institute for Perceptual Change which is an arts science learning and research institute conducting continual exploration into conflict transformation and the science of perceptual change.

She served as producer of the award winning international theatre production Truth in Translation bringing the story of the South African Truth Commission to 26 cities around the world and executive produced the award winning documentary feature film A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake. In 2003, Jackie produced a documentary short Ubuntu about the TRC interpreters which provided the initial research into Global Arts Corps future work. She is currently an executive producer of the documentary film Landmines which features Global Arts Corps work in Cambodia, where she also co-produced GAC’s most recent theatrical work, See You Yesterday which has toured in Africa, Cambodia, and in May of 2019, had its U.S. premiere in Boston, Massachusetts.

She is a founding member of the Colonnades Theatre Lab, Inc. , the acclaimed Off Broadway roadway rotating repertory theatre in New York City and was a member of its acting company for 10 years. She was also part of community outreach programs at the Colonnades, including the Lester Wunderman project and the Abbott house school project in which theatre techniques were taught to business executives and abandoned children.

As an actress and dancer she has appeared off-Broadway, at regional theatres and has had guest appearances on a variety of TV shows and in films. She has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in education and the arts and is a Salzburg fellow.