My name is Jessica! I am an Arts Administrator, Creative Producer, Director and Teaching Artist based in New York City. I have a passion for bringing boldly human, risk-taking new stories to life. I am invigorated by work that promotes accessibility for audiences and artists, representation of diverse groups of artists, and has a connection to relevant issues. I believe that theatre is an educational tool that uplifts the stories that need to be told so they may reach those who need to hear them.
I have always had a passion for storytelling, and theatre has always been the medium that allowed me to connect best to others while telling stories. So naturally, when I graduated high school in 2014, I moved to New York from a small town in Connecticut to pursue a degree in theatre. I studied musical theatre performance for one year before realizing that my calling was not performance (though I still dabble in it from time to time!) but rather, I wanted to be the one to challenge what stories were being told in the theatre on a larger scale, by choosing the story, bringing diverse groups of passionate people together, and setting the tone for deeply human storytelling that centers on female and LGBTQ+ stories. That's why in 2015 I transferred to The New School of Drama to focus on directing and producing.
While in school, I formed HERE WE GO alongside two fellow students, a site-specific theatre company of which I was the Co-Artistic Director from 2018-2020. While there, I co-produced two in-person festivals featuring the work of primarily female-identifying emerging artists and acted as lead producer on four online short play festivals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before and after graduating, I was also directing and assistant directing shows around NYC at The New School of Drama, Dixon Place, The Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival, and New York Summerfest. In 2019, I graduated from The New School with my BFA in drama, and went on to work as a freelance teaching artist, producer and director. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I did not stop, but looked for the next opportunity: I founded and produced REMEMBER Fest 2020, an online festival that allowed a diverse group of multidisciplinary artists to present work that reflected on the events of the year 2020 in a unique online venue.
Today, in addition to working as an independent creative producer, I work with HERE Arts Center and PROTOTYPE Opera | Theatre | Now as Membership Coordinator, bringing the most dedicated musical theatre and opera fans from in and around NYC closer to innovative, inclusive new work. I am also currently studying for my MA in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, and look forward to graduating in 2023.