Cobb bio

J.J. Cobb joined the Performing Arts faculty of Eastern Connecticut State University in 2008. In addition to teaching Stage Voice, Stage Combat, and all levels of Acting, she directs productions for the departmental season. Her courses serve Eastern’s Theatre major, Liberal Arts Core, First-Year Experience, and the Honors Program.


Professor Cobb earned her Master of Fine Arts in Acting Performance from the University of Arizona, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (with minors in English and Ethnic Studies), from California State University, Fresno. In 2007, she was chosen as a Teacher-in-Training to study directly with distinguished theatrical vocal coach, Kristin Linklater. Prior to her tenure at Eastern, Ms. Cobb established the Theatre program at the University of Rio Grande, and taught in their Master of Education program. She has guest-lectured and taught Master Classes at universities, conferences, and professional theatres throughout the U.S., and has had the pleasure of having her book reviews published in Theatre Topics and the New England Theatre Journal.


Though she thoroughly enjoys academic life, Ms. Cobb continues to work professionally as a director, voice & period styles of movement coach, playwright, and actor. Recent directing credits include Freakshow, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Far Away for The Scioto Society, Inc. (Ohio), Othello for Woodward Shakespeare Festival (California), The Odd Couple for Valley Artist Series (Ohio), and two seasons as the director of Honey in the Rock for Theatre West Virginia. Her many performing credits include regional stage, commercial voice-overs, and independent film. For Eastern, she appeared in the American premier of Hotta Kiyomi’s The Island, under the direction of David Pellegrini.  J.J. Cobb is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.


Ms. Cobb’s specialization in the area Site-Specific Theatre has led to the production of Il Ristorante (Site-Responsive; Ohio), Echoes: Voices From The Church Farm (Site-Specific; Connecticut), The Tower Caveat (Site-Specific; California), and The Melting Point (Site-Specific; Hawaii). In progress are two scripts: Cantilever (The Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice project), and Wanderlust: an Isolated Youth. In support of her work on Cantilever, she was selected to participate in the Japan Studies Association Summer Institute as a 2014 Freeman Scholar. Professor Cobb serves as a Site-Specific Theatre Advisor to the Institute of Outdoor Theatre.