Bio

Jessica is a story teller.  She has been telling stories through acting, sometimes dancing and singing, sometimes writing and directing, since she was a child.  Always coming to the experience of the body first, she extends outward to mine the relationship of the body to society, to country, to space, and to other humans.  She grew up in the swamps and beaches of Florida, wresting alligators at the tender age of ten, or at least, that’s what her grandpa always said she did. She began acting in plays regionally and took on various roles in feature films including “Zeus and Roxanne” starring Steve Guttenberg and Kathleen Quinlin when she was 12. Hungry for something other than alligator meat, she longed for an education. She picked a Jesuit university for a college experience and at 18 picked up to move to New York City and attend Fordham University, Lincoln Center.  At Fordham she discovered floor length down coats, and that not everyone knows how to kill spiders with their shoes, but more importantly she discovered her passion for directing, and completed the directing and acting tracks simultaneously and graduated with a B.A. in Theatre.

She worked in the theatre regionally in New York for several years after college and now lives in Los Angeles developing stories, writing, producing and acting.  She co-wrote and directed a pilot webseries “Unker and Physia”.  And has 2 webseries in development.  She has also written and directed “Love’s Outer Limits” a hilarious short in post-production, about Sue’s love affair that takes her into orbit and co-wrote and produced the short film “A Quiet Song” slated to come out this spring.  Her biggest self produced project to date, Susie Sunshine, a high concept short sci-fi film in which she stars and produced with Chelsea O’Connor, Elizabeth Engle and Marisa Ruby is slated to be finished by the end of January.