Jessica is of British, Irish, Polish and Métis Heritage. She is the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Carousel Players (St. Catherines, ON), director, actor, dramaturge and drama instructor. Jessica resides in Toronto, where she works with Native Earth Performing Arts as their Artistic Associate and facilitates their Playwrights Unit “Animikiig.” She is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta’s (UofA) MFA in Directing Program. Jessica has an MA in Text & Performance Studies from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and King’s College London (UK). She is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada’s Three Year Acting program. Selected Directing includes: Savage (Native Earth), Good Grief (Native Earth, W26), girls!girls!girls! (SummerWorks 2013), The Ghost Sonata (Studio Theatre), Juliet, an adaptation (UofA), Skylight (UofA), The Sophocles Project (RADA), The Informer (Victoria School). Assistant Directing includes: Christina, The Girl King (Stratford Festival), In Spirit (Native Earth), Yellow Moon (Studio Theatre), Edward The Second (Jerwood Vanbrugh Studio, UK), and Shelter (Citadel Theatre Young Company). Jessica has taught drama over the last 8 years; notably with the UofA’s Drama Department, the Citadel Theatre’s Foote Drama School and Free Will Shakespeare Company’s Summer Camps and School Outreach program. Currently Jessica is an instructor with Young People’s Theatre. She is also a current 2014 participant in the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival of Canada.