Who We Are


The revolution is here!

No more waiting for someone else to pick you for the job, the part, or the opportunity.

Create your own! It’s time to Pick Yourself!

But, how?

Uncover your passion. Embrace your unique process. Become grounded in the present moment. Engage in active play.


Co-Founders, Christopher Beaulieu and Jess Pillmore, began teaching and creating together in 2001, but the traditional format of teaching artist wasn’t enough. In 2005, Creatively Independent was born from a desire to destroy the “starving artist” stereotype and activate the arts in education, bringing back a balance of education–drawing out that which is latent–and training–passing down proven techniques.

The revolution slips into every crack like liquid: flowing from original to classical works, from teacher to student, from performer to audience. We travel internationally teaching/performing with the hope of embedding the roots of art back into our daily lives. CI tours 250+ days/year engaging students from toddler-professional in residencies, keynotes, consultations and physical theatre performances. Combined, the Co-Founders have directed/choreographed over 60 shows from Off-Broadway, Fringe, International, Regional and Educational.

SAMPLE CLIENTS: • NYU Tisch • Brown University/Trinity Rep (MFA) • Interlochen Center for the Arts • Idyllwild Arts Academy • Boston University • University of Virginia (MFA) • University of Mississippi •  Wells College • Meredith College • Simons Rock • Blue Cross & Blue Shield • Douglas Anderson School of the Performing Arts • Lavilla School of the Arts • Florida State College of Jacksonville • Remscheid Waldorf • Episcopal HS & MS • Discovery Montessori

SAMPLE CONFERENCES & FESTIVALS: • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (SE Region) • Southeastern Theatrical Conference • Performing the World (NYC) • International Schools Theatre Association (US & Europe) • Rotations Theatre (Germany) • Dell’Arte Mad River Festival • Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Conference • Utah State Thespians • Florida Theatre Conference • Florida Association of Theatre Educators • Florida State Thespians • Florida Jr. State Thespians • North Carolina State Thespians


jess pillmore montageJESS PILLMORE (Artistic Director & Co-Founder) is a shapeshifter in the worlds of theatre, dance, music, and creative coaching with a solid spine of “Yes, you can!” Over the past 20 years, Jess has worked as an international guest artist (K-post grad, professional development, conferences), director/choreographer (International, Off-Broadway, fringe, regional, educational), singer/songwriter (3 Nat’l releases, 1 musical) and published author. Her book, Creatively Independent: Life on Your Terms with Play, Community & Awareness, was supported by international best-seller Seth Godin, her provocative essay on ageism in education appeared in Psychology Today, and her series on Sustainable Artistry is now at HowlRound.

Jess brings the revolutionary power of “What if?” to any situation. She delights in constructing impossible tasks and then playfully stepping into them. Her talent as a creative hacker allows her to bring seemingly disparate groups together with dynamic results. Jess is known for her crazy ideas, a tendency to communicate through jazz scatting when excited, and an infinite supply of hope.

Currently, Jess is workshopping two new musicals: It’s All Right Now, a modern parable about living in the Now, written with songwriter, Ron Morris and A Fire Just Waiting (working title), a Joan of Arc rebirth featuring Ani DiFranco’s music and lyrics. She is also co-writing “Shakespeare’s Ensemble” with Chris Beaulieu, activating an ensemble focused process within classical theatre.

TRAINING: MFA Interdisciplinary Arts (Goddard), BA Theatre (FSU), RADA, Movement Studio Theatre, Society of American Fight Directors, Pilobolus

AWARDS: Best Female Actor Combatant (Nat’l SAFD), Founder’s Award (Nat’l SAFD), Best Musical (Dir. /Chor., Minneapolis Fringe w/ Neo-Futurists)

Contact at jess[@] creativelyindependent.net

Follow her on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/creativelyindie 


Chris Beaulieu MontageCHRISTOPHER BEAULIEU (Education Director & Co-Founder) is an internationally touring trickster hell-bent on provoking and supporting an individual’s passion for living artfully. Over the past 25 years, Chris has worked as a director-actor-educator with fellow revolutionaries Shakespeare & Co., Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Greylock Project, Dell’Arte, Circus Smirkus, ISTA, and presented national and regional conferences, including the Kennedy Center (KCACTF – SE), SETC, Performing the World (NYC), State Thespians (NC, FL, UT) and teacher training.

Chris brings laughter and passion to every situation on or off stage. Inspired by Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, Chris promotes: EFFORT, RISK, MOMENTUM, and JOY in all things. He demands commitment, high-stakes, and ensemble focus with all things.

Currently, Chris is performing in “Training A Trickster” and “To The Breach” as well as working on his first book “Shakespeare’s Ensemble” with Artistic Director, Jess Pillmore, activating an ensemble focused process within classical theatre.

TRAINING: Shakespeare & Co., Dell’Arte International, Society of American Fight Directors, Pilobolus

AWARDS: NEA grant, Paddy Crean Award (SAFD)

Contact at chris [@] creativelyindependent.net

Follow him on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/ferociousplay



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