NICOLE “ESSENCE” JENKINS –WATSON | Nicole Jenkins -Watson ~aka~ Essence is a native of Newark, New Jersey, where she was born and raised. Essence currently resides in Upstate, New York, with her loving family. She is employed as a Social Worker for Children Services. Essence comes to the stage as a high school graduate; from the School Of Performing Arts~Arts High~ in Newark, New Jersey.
It was there, where she majored in Theatre. Essence then furthered her education at Ramapo College in the State of New Jersey, where she majored in Social Science and continued to take the college scene by storm. Essence obtained leading roles in the “Wiz”; “Joe Turner Come and Gone” and a host of other major productions. In 2010, after a seventeen year hiatus, Nicole returned to the stage and was cast in a leading role, in a gospel stage play, “Order My Steps”. It was during this time that Essence began to refocus on poetry.
To date, Essence’s level of motivation, passion and love for the stage has al- lowed her to bless the souls of many. And it’s through Spoken Word, that Essence’s words are being heard.