Jess Kapuscinski-Evans

Jess Kapuscinski-Evans

Jessica Kapuscinski-Evans is mad about Led Zeppelin, Shakespeare and disability rights. A keen student of the arts, Jess is 25, yet has already starred in, written, and produced multiple theatre productions. "I really want to see people with disabilities performing in the arts, and being the centre of attention." Jess's goal has almost been realized with her interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream debuting on the 20th of September at Melbourne University. "It's a 70s interpretation, and I've made sure to include some allusions to the disability rights movement and the Vietnam War. The show really has everything, drugs, music, even hippies." As the co-writer of her interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jess enjoys weaving disability themes into the narrative she creates; "The attraction of writing for me was that I could write different stories about disability. An early production I wrote was a comedy about a young person with a disability and their career in a nursing home. Another in 2010 was about a woman who fights with her wheelchair! I really like re-contextualizing disability, trying to do different things, unexpected things." This desire to surprise the audience extends beyond the writing process; "I cast one of the people with a disability in the leading romantic role (in A Midsummer Night's Dream), as opposed to the bad guy! It's a shock tactic on my part, to a degree anyway. But of course, they also had to fit the character, and they do, they are great!"