Tess was born in London and studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and London School of Contemporary Dance.
Director: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (First Family Entertainment), Mozart's Phoenix (Garsington Opera & West Green Opera), The Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte (Lichfield Festival), Il Turco in Italia (Rossini) [revival] (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg), L’Egisto (Cavalli), Albert Herring (Britten), The Cunning Little Vixen (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff) No Way Out (Sartre) Brighton Actors Theatre, and the world premieres of Jacko’s Hour (Jones/Satterthwaite) and Roger Scruton’s Violet, both for GSMD and Boyhood’s Home (Andew McBirnie) for ENO Studio.
Associate/Assistant Director: Kiss Me Kate ( Théâtre du Châtelet), The King & I (Théâtre du Châtelet), Maometto Secondo (Garsington Opera), Francesca Zambello’s La Rondine, Matthew Warchus’ Falstaff (Opera North) and Robert Carsen’s Semele (ENO) and with Annabel Arden (La Traviata), Tom Cairns (Jenufa) , Dalia Ibelhauptaite (Eugene Onegin) and Nigel Lowery and Amir Hosseinpour (L’enfant at les Sortiliéges and Petrushka).
Choreographer/Movement Director: Il Turco in Italia (Angers Nantes Opera), Rusalka (Wexford Festival Opera), Die Lustige Witwe (De Vlaamse Opera), Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Canadian Opera Company), The Knot Garden (Cantiere Internationale di Montepulciano), Therese Raquin (Opera Theatre Europe), Falstaff (Garsington Opera), The Pearl Fishers (Swansea City Opera,) Eugene Onegin (Southgate Opera), Scenes from the Savoy (Opera Brava), The Pirates of Penzance (Centenary Opera), Le Nozze di Figaro (British Youth Opera) and the Royal College of Music's production of Cosi Fan Tutte.
Educational Establishments Tess has worked with include Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.
Future engagements include Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate for Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.