Playwriting Instructor, College of Creative Arts
Instructor of Creative Writing, Interlochen Arts Camp
M.F.A. in Playwriting from University of Iowa; B.A. in English from Wheaton College (MA)
Jess is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop with her M.F.A. in playwriting. While there she received the IRAM award for outstanding work on her festival play "Proficient," and she also received an Outstanding TA Award from the University. Jess’s play "Mourning Sun" had a reading as part of the White Horse Theater American Women Series in New York, a play that she developed with the support of Fusion Theater in Albuquerque. Her plays "Freezer Dreams" and "One Man’s Trash" have both been presented in the University of Iowa’s Gallery series. Prior to Iowa, she worked as a literary associate at Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence and volunteered for the literary departments of the Huntington Theatre and Boston Playwright’s Theatre. Jess is an Artistic Associate for the emerging Boston-based theater group, Sleeping Weazel and a founding member of the collaborative group Cut the Rhino. She is originally from Maine and a graduate of Wheaton College, Massachusetts.