Jess is an actress who takes making you laugh very, very seriously.
Empowering people to laugh and feel (good, as often as possible) is her mission in life. Really.
Born and raised (for the first decade of her life) in Denver, Colorado, Jess climbed trees, sang in a gospel choir, and made snow angels.
She then moved to the beautiful bubble of Montclair, NJ, where she continued her seriously stellar (not being sarcastic here) public school education.
She went on to receive her BFA in Acting, from Syracuse University.
Her BFA was put to the greatest test, in the real world, when she got a job in retail at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street, and then in several jobs in the hospitality industry, including as a server and bartender inside The Public Theater at The Library, and Joe’s Pub. After performing in a different “show” every evening for many years, she finally hung up her “day job” hats, and she lives to tell about them!
Though she braves the hard, mean streets of New York City as an actress, she tries her darnedest to not be cynical, or jaded, though she does occasionally allow herself to dabble in sarcasm.
Being kind/uplifting is a core value of hers.
Experiencing an average of 322 days of Colorado sunlight a year for ten years had a permanent heart warming effect. Homey is Jess’s favorite word people have used to describe her. Descriptors tied for second place are spunky and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Jess is also a singer, writer, producer, physical comedian extraordinaire, improv artist, and puppy mom. She loves comedy but is also a huge fan of legit theater and film. She revels in the perfect harmony of comedy and drama when performing Shakespeare! Despite the genre, Jess is always aided by the insane level of commitment that her improv training has instilled in her. She will yes and her way through UCB classes, Lucas Hnath, and Lisa Kron.
She hopes you have a terrific day, that you find a reason to smile, and that you don’t find too many typos in her website. 😉
Thanks for stopping by and looking around!