Who am I? I'm Jessica. Hi!
What do I do? I work as an actor, director and teaching artist, in English and in Spanish. (Please note that although I'm fluent in Spanish, I'm not a Latinx actor. If you're looking for a Chicago-area Latinx actor, contact the fine folks at ALTA!).
What's the point? I believe in the power of theatre and film to connect us more deeply to ourselves, each other, and the world around us.
Where am I? During the academic year, I live in central Illinois training as an MFA Acting candidate ('18) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Professional Actor Training Program. Between semesters, I'm in Chicago.
What am I working on right now? Finishing my fifth semester of graduate actor training in the cornfields.
What other work have I done? As a Chicago actor, I am proud to be represented by Gray Talent Group. I'm a company member at Aguijón Theater, where I most recently appeared as Lizzie MacKay in La Fulana Respetuosa (The Respectful Prostitute). I've also worked with Lifeline Theatre, Colectivo el Pozo, Voice of the City, 16th Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Pride Films and Plays and Teatro Luna.
You can catch me in the second seasons of two of my very favorite Chicago-based web series, You're So Talented and Easy Abby, as well as DateSMASH!, a hilarious new web series by XVP comedy, playing superhero Jessica Jones. I've also worked on independent films in Boston and Chicago.
As a director, I work frequently with 2nd Story, where I'm a company member and storyteller and have directed and/or performed in about two dozen shows over the past five years. I've also directed for the Side Project's Festival of Storytelling and served as assistant director for The Three Musketeers with Lifeline Theatre (dir. Amanda Delheimer Dimond) and Unnatural Spaces with the Guild Literary Complex (dir. Coya Paz).
Where did I go to school? I received my BA from the Theater and Performance Studies program at the University of Chicago, where I was a member of the improv and sketch comedy group Off-Off Campus. I also studied sociology at the University of Buenos Aires. While living in Argentina, I collaborated with Teatro x la Identidad, the artistic arm of the human rights group Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo, in addition to training in voice and movement at the Ricardo Rojas Cultural Center, Danza Aerea, and Centro Argentino de Teatro Ciego. Right now, I'm completing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's three-year professional actor training MFA.
Who am I, really? I love grocery shopping but hate clothes shopping. I could listen to Calle 13 and Iron and Wine all day. I've learned a lot from going to school but also from riding buses and trains and looking around. At any given moment I am probably telling a story or listening to someone tell me a story.