Jessica earned her M.F.A. in Professional Acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England. She was thrilled to perform at wonderful venues such as the historic Bristol Old Vic while working with the Glasgow Citizens Theatre and The Tobacco Factory Theatres. Along the way, she was chosen "Expert's Choice" by THE STAGE and "Stand Out Performer" by SPOTLIGHT.
Back in the States, Jessica was part of Old Vic New Voices and then played Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, where she was nominated for a Falstaff Award in the category of Best Supporting Performance. Judi Dench ended up winning, but that's okay.
Prior to the UK, Jessica performed and workshopped at The Williamstown Theatre Festival and was part of such productions as the 1st Revival of Michael John LaChiusa's musical Marie Christine in NYC.
She received her B.F.A. in Performing Arts and Vocal Performance along with a minor in Art History from The Savannah College of Art and Design, having the opportunity to also study and perform at SCAD-Lacoste in France. She was awarded for Outstanding Artistic Achievement in Performing Arts.
Jessica is also a graduate of the Improv and Musical Improv programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Magnet Theatre, so pie recipes aren't the only thing she can make up. She improvises with her Musical Improv Indie Team, The Bubble Pops, and on the Magnet Theater’s Musical Circuit Team, Electric, popping out dance moves that surprise every audience (she started that dance training at age two)!
Jessica has been a teaching artist in NYC since moving there, making films and creating musicals with Kindergarteners in top-ranked after school programs to teaching acting to university students at institutions such as the Joffrey Ballet School Musical Theatre Intensive. She currently teaches with Stages on the Sound including QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community) and will soon be teaching for Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Sharing her love for the arts offstage when not onstage!