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Tess has directed a variety of productions, from immersive one-acts to full-length musicals.

Highlights include: 

Sustainable theater - Tess staged an eco-friendly production of her play, Your Carving Footprint, with technical elements comprised of recycled materials, creating almost zero waste from rehearsals to performances. 

Fringe festivals - At 17, Tess directed the world premiere of her musical, Static, at the Capital Fringe Festival where it won Best Musical and Best Ensemble.

Student leadership - Tess co-founded and co-captained a student productions group, After Hours, at her high school, culminating in many student short films, workshops, and staged productions.

Your Carving Footprint - Written/Directed by Tess Rowan Jannery-Barney

Your Carving Footprint - Written/Directed by Tess Rowan Jannery-Barney

This video originally premiered on the Saxon Stage Online YouTube Channel in April 2022. "Your Carving Footprint is a one-act conservationist comedy by Tess Jannery-Barney. No tickets necessary, but donations to the Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy are encouraged. Link to donate: Live stream at 8 pm on Friday, April 22nd, or Earth Day 2022. Run time: Approximately 23 min. CAST: BOBBI: Talia-Rose Diorio SIMON: Brady Kastner CREW: PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR/MUSIC ACCOMPANIMENT: Tess Jannery-Barney STAGE MANAGER: Cristina Sayegh HEAD OF LIGHTING & SOUND: Mary Muir HEAD OF PROPS: Conner Tone LIVE VIDEOGRAPHER: Ethan Colabatistto After Hours is a playwriting, directing, and student-run production group at Langley High School's Saxon Stage. We would like to give a special thank you to our "park rangers," or the wonderful parent, student, and teacher volunteers who helped make our live performances possible! Also, thank you to Mr. Kaufman, the members of After Hours, and students at Saxon Stage for supporting the cast and crew onstage and off! RECORDING INFORMATION: This performance is a recording filmed live during our February 25th performance of Your Carving Footprint in the Saxon Stage Black Box. The original performances of Your Carving Footprint included optional donations to The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. STAY CONNECTED! Follow After Hours @lhs.afterhours and @saxonstage on Instagram and visit for more information on upcoming events and performances!"
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