Jessie Dutton

Poetry, wellies and blankets: Jessie shares what’s important at work and at play.

I joined the staff team at Underground Lights in January 2021 and it feels like a magical mix of many of the things that are important to me. I’m grateful to have found a place that combines so much of what I value, care about and believe the world needs more of – creativity, community and the coexistence of chaos & calm!!!

When I’m not at Underground Lights, you can usually find me with my wellies on roaming through woodlands or fields and admiring the trees with my dog Luna, or curled up in blankets with a hot drink, some poetry and doing some writing. I have come to Underground Lights from a background of support work and safeguarding within various settings: Specialist Schools, Family Support Services and Targeted Youth Work teams.

After graduating from Warwick University’s Theatre department in 2012, life has rolled on by and as well as my work with those who’ve often been struggling on the peripheries of society; I’ve also had my own experiences of trauma, grief and of trying to navigate mental health systems and services. So from both my professional and personal journey, I truly know and believe that opportunities to participate in theatre and creative arts can be a very special kind of medicine that we all need.